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Author: Prof Kobus Visser, Dean of EMS

 "I would like to extend a welcome to our new applicants for the 2017 academic year and to the exciting array of academic programmes on offer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS)."

I welcome all new and returning students to the 2017 academic year and to the exciting array of academic programmes on offer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS).

Our Faculty offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes which prepare students for careers in both the private and public sectors. These include careers in the fields of accounting, economics, business management, finance, industrial psychology (human resource management), information systems, politics, development studies and public administration. 

The programmes offered include Bachelor of Commerce (BCom) degrees in Accounting, Finance, Law, and Politics, and a Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin), followed by Postgraduate Diplomas, Honours degrees and Master's degrees in all the above disciplines, as well as doctoral studies in the above disciplines (excluding Accounting).

We provide additional support to new students through a range of enrichment courses in first and second years of study offered through four-year streams in the BCom (Accounting) and BCom (General) degrees. Since their inception eight years ago, the results achieved through the four-year stream programmes have been outstanding.

Over the course of the past decade the Faculty has developed a strong suite of postgraduate programmes, offering degrees and diplomas in public management, business management, finance, economics, industrial psychology, politics and information systems to the doctoral level. Demand for entry into these programmes is growing, both nationally and internationally.

The Faculty maintains a strong research focus, both through the output of individual academics and through a number of research units: 

  1. The Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS) has established an international reputation as the pre-eminent research organisation on land and agrarian reform and poverty studies in Southern Africa. PLAAS holds the DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies and has initiated a five-year research programme on Land Reform, Food Systems and Agrarian Change in South Africa by having established a Research Group of twelve post-graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. ​
  2. The Institute for Social Development (ISD) has established a reputation for research on poverty alleviation and social welfare. ​The ISD holds the British Council/NRF SA/UK Bilateral South African Reseach Chair (SARChI) in Social Protection for Food Security. 
  3. The African Centre for Citizenship and Democracy (ACCEDE) conducts research on both the form and practice of democracy in developing states and on the factors which inhibit effective participation by the poor and marginalized in decision-making processes.  

Our aim as a Faculty is to develop graduates who are well-equipped for the world of work, but who are also fully rounded citizens who will play a leading role in the future development of their societies.

We look forward to serving you in the Faculty.​​​

Professor Kobus Visser PhD
Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences​​​​

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