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Welcome to the School of Management Studies

The School of Management Studies is a vibrant and interdisciplinary department in the Faculty of Commerce. Originally established in 1964 along with the Bachelor of Business Science degree, the department was initially created as the Department of Business Science, taking primary responsibility for the convening and development of this prestigious 4-year degree.

Three decades later, in 1994, this successful and expanding department was re-named the School of Management Studies, incorporating several academic disciplines in a variety of sections. Each section is involved in a range of both undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, diplomas and courses. While enjoying close and collegial alignment and integration under the banner of the School, the diverse sections have the freedom and responsibility to manage their own affairs, both administrative and academic. As can be seen below, it is this very diversity that makes the School unique in the tertiary educational landscape of South Africa and is one of its core strengths. Read more ...

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Burst of energy from new UCT lecturers
13 December, 2018

Twenty new, full-time academics have celebrated their completion of the New Academic Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), a holistic programme of professional development for new lecturers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Over the six-month programme, they’ve brought with them energy, new ways of looking at the curriculum and innovative ideas about teaching.

The NAPP, which was established in 2004 and is hosted by UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), is open to new full-time academics with not more than five years’ experience in higher education.

The programme starts with a three-day residential retreat in Stellenbosch and includes two one-day workshops on campus. There are two cohorts of 20 participants each, per semester.


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UCT boosts transformation in accounting
31 October, 2018

After a six-year collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s College of Accounting, Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of Zululand (UniZulu) have now been accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), securing top-quality accounting degrees for their students.

The innovative partnership, designed to build sustainable capacity in two of the leading institutions in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, was funded by the Banking Sector Education and Training Authority (BANKSETA).

Previously, students with three-year accounting degrees from the two universities were required to complete a bridging course at another university to qualify for postgraduate accounting studies. Over the past three years, as part of the accreditation project, students from UniZulu have pursued their Postgraduate Diploma in Accounting (PGDA) at UCT, and those from WSU at the University of Fort Hare or Nelson Mandela University.

WSU received SAICA accreditation for its BCom (Accounting) degree in 2016, with UniZulu following suit with accreditation of its BCom (Accounting Science) degree in August this year.


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‘Force of nature’ wins Vice-Chancellor’s Award
19 October, 2018

Third-year Bachelor of Commerce Management Studies student Sarina Mpharalala was hailed as “a force of nature” as University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng named her the winner of the Vice-Chancellor’s Award at the 15th Student Leadership Awards on 17 October.

The Department of Student Affairs awards event, in partnership with Investec Corporate Social Investment, is held annually to acknowledge individual students as well as student teams for their leadership contributions in respect of community, social justice, entrepreneurship and media.

Phakeng said of Mpharalala that she has a passion for leadership, entrepreneurship, empowerment and social impact, and has managed to maintain academic excellence while serving UCT as part of initiatives and organisations that have put her skills and capabilities to positive use.


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