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UCT mourns death of health economics pioneer
The University of Cape Town mourns the tragic death this week of Professor Gavin Mooney, who was instrumental in developing the discipline of health economics within South Africa, and more specifically at UCT. In recognition of his international achievements he was named an honorary professor and was awarded an honorary doctorate in social sciences from the university in June 2009.
21 Dec 2012
UCT graduate explores success of emerging entrepreneurs in W Cape
Entrepreneurship is touted as among a tool needed to address the problem of unemployment in South Africa. However, despite the support programmes introduced by the government since 1994 to increase the number of start-up entrepreneurs, South Africa continues to lag behind. This is according to the University of Cape Town's Fawzy Basardien, who will receive his PhD in Business Administration for research on: The impact of action strategies on entrepreneurial success of emerging entrepreneurs in the Western Cape.
14 Dec 2012
Inflation targeting stabilises economies at expense of higher exchange-rate volatility
University of Cape Town doctoral student Seedwell Hove's PhD research, titled Monetary policy, institutions and terms of trade shocks in emerging market economies, finds that monetary, fiscal and financial institutional structures are important for the success of inflation targeting in emerging market economies(EMEs).
11 Dec 2012
UCT PhD thesis investigates social change and class formation through language
University of Cape Town doctoral student Kirsten Morreira takes an interesting look into Social change, class formation and Englishin her PhD thesis subtitled "a study of young black South Africans with 'Model C' school backgrounds".
10 Dec 2012
Global change hits African Penguin harder than Cape Gannet, find UCT study
University of Cape Town doctoral student Viviane Barquete's thesis, Using stable isotopes as a tool to understand the trophic relationships and movements of seabirds off southern Africa, assesses how African Penguins and Cape Gannets have reacted to the advent of commercial fishing and the recent spatial shifts in fish distributions.
10 Dec 2012
UCT PhD explores Olga Kirsh's works from the psychoanalytical sofa
Thomas Minnaar's Afrikaans thesis 'n Herwaardering van Olga Kirsch se oeuvre: identiteit, moederskap en ballingskap aan die hand van die psigoanalitiese teorieë van onder andere Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan en Julia Kristeva, investigates the works of Jewish Afrikaans poet Olga Kirsch, who was only the second published female poet in Afrikaans (1944) and one of the first to defy the National Party's racist agenda. Kirsch depicts in the poem "Die Blokhuis" (in Mure van die Hart, 1948) how the Nationalists were blocking themselves off from non-white South Africans, with their inevitable downfall looming.
10 Dec 2012
UCT to honour pioneers in arts, economics, science, law and medicine
The University of Cape Town will award honorary degrees to a selection of experts chosen not only for what each has contributed to his or her respective area of expertise, but to society as a whole. These recipients will be honoured at the graduation ceremonies taking place from Wednesday the 12th to Tuesday the 18th December 2012. All ceremonies will be streamed live online.
06 Dec 2012