Doves, dragons and diplomats – ‘avatars’ for a new dean
19 October, 2018
There are many guide books for new academic deans and, as an award-winning teacher and researcher, Associate Professor Linda Ronnie did her homework when she applied for the job as the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dean of Commerce.
It was Allan Tucker and Robert A Bryant’s book The Academic Dean: Dove, Dragon and Diplomat that she singled out, the trio of “avatars” suggesting just how adaptive deans must be as managers, especially in crisis.“I know which I’m likely to be,” Ronnie quipped.Those who know her will recognise the forthrightness and self-effacing humour.
Ronnie is the first Dean of Commerce among the last four incumbents who is not an economist or accountant. She brings a background in organisational psychology and human behaviour in management and education, along with a wealth of institutional knowledge after more than 15 years at the Graduate School of Business.
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Financial maths duo’s big win
25 July, 2018
Master’s in financial maths students Cole van Jaarsveld and Bandile Mbele helped their international team clinch a coveted trophy by solving an investment problem for a Zurich private markets firm at the annual Financial Mathematics Team Challenge (FMTC).
In its fifth year, the challenge was held in Cape Town recently. It required a combination of the talents of students and practitioners to find solutions to some of the finance industry’s most pressing problems.
Teams included master’s and PhD students from University College London, Oxford University and ETH Zurich. Each team had seven days to come up with solutions and two days of presentations before the winner was chosen.
The UCT duo’s team worked on a solution for optimal investment timing in illiquid private markets, a problem posed by Zurich firm StepStone.
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Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance launched
06 July, 2018
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) new Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, has launched the Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance, describing it as a flagship of UCT that encourages Mandela’s values of ethical and selfless leadership.“The impact this school will make will be long-lasting and epitomises the values which Mandela stood for,” Phakeng said.
The Vice-Chancellor, who began her term of office only a few days ago, said it was also in line with her vision for the university.“The Mandela School epitomises my vision of strengthening our excellence as a university, driving transformation and ensuring a sustainable future for UCT. Through it, UCT is becoming a more African university through its contribution to excellence in leadership and excellence in Africa.”
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