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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
Horticulture in a changing supermarket landscape
Global fresh fruit, vegetable and flower production is expanding rapidly to meet international demand for produce all year round. Meeting supermarket demands for fresh fruit and vegetables requires more skilled and empowered workers. Production and packing are becoming more complex because of rising standards and diverse market requirements. Commercial pressures are contributing to the casualisation of workers and the exclusion of smaller producers.
27 Nov 2012
UCT to co-host 'Capturing the Gains' Global Summit
Researchers from the University of Cape Town, the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester, and the Centre on Globalisation, Governance and Competitiveness at Duke University will present their findings on how resources, materials, workers and producers are deployed in 3 discrete sectors of global industry - mobile phones, clothing, and food - at the Capturing the Gains Global Summit on 3-5 December 2012 at the Clock Tower at the V&A Waterfront.
20 Nov 2012
UCT heart researcher and collaborators receive R25 million Australian grant
Professor Karen Sliwa, director of UCT's Hatter Institute for Cardiology Research in Africa, together with several Australian collaborators, have been awarded a R25 million research grant by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia. The grant will go towards building research capacity in reducing inequality in heart disease in South Africa and Australia.
02 Nov 2012
UCT Zoology and Botany departments in line with global trends
The University of Cape Town's Zoology and Botany departments have merged to form a new Department of Biological Sciences.
01 Nov 2012
UCT Professor to offer new ways of thinking about the immune system and HIV
Professor Clive Gray, Chair of Immunology and head of the Division of Immunology at the University of Cape Town, will use his inaugural lecture to propose some new thinking on how we should look at the immune system in the context of HIV.
26 Oct 2012
UCT panel discussion to tackle emerging sustainability challenges in Africa
The panel discussion, hosted by the University of Cape Town on 1 November, will look at how Future Earth - a new international research initiative - can tackle global sustainability challenges in partnership with existing global environmental change networks in Sub Saharan Africa.
23 Oct 2012
Revised NBT standards aim to increase success at university
The launch of new degree and diploma standards for the National Benchmark Tests (NBTs) will guide universities in 2 ways, according to experts at the University of Cape Town: the NBTs will more clearly identify applicants' likelihood of success in degree and diploma programmes, and they will highlight what additional steps a university must take to help prospective students achieve their degrees or diplomas.
19 Oct 2012
Study discovers a unique feature of HIV that enables infected people to make antibodies able to kill a wide range of human immunodeficiency viruses
An AIDS study published today in the journal, Nature Medicine, describes how a unique change in the outer covering of the virus found in 2 HIV infected South African women enabled them to make potent antibodies which are able to kill up to 88% of HIV types from around the world.
18 Oct 2012
South Africa's children still live in unequal worlds - Child Gauge 2012
Rising income inequality has serious consequences for children today and for South Africa's future. This is one of the key concerns raised in the South African Child Gauge 2012, which will be released later on Wednesday, 17 October.
17 Oct 2012
UCT professor elected by National Academy of Sciences
University of Cape Town Professor Di McIntyre has been elected as a foreign associate to the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine (IOM) in Washington, DC. IOM members provide policy advice on health issues, and their work has global influence and impact.
17 Oct 2012
UCT Professor to speak on Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanovation
Professor David Britton, founding director of the NanoSciences Innovation Centre and professor in the Department of Physics at University of Cape Town, will speak on "Nanoscience, Nanotechnology and Nanovation"? on Wednesday, 17 October 2012, at 17:30.
12 Oct 2012