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 Dean's Message

Author: Prof Michelle Esau, Dean of EMS

 "I would like to extend a welcome to our new applicants for the 2019 academic year and to the exciting array of academic programmes on offer in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences (EMS)."


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I welcome all new and returning students to the 2019 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 a Bachelor of Commerce (BCom), B.Com (Accounting) accredited by the South African Institute for Chartered Accountants, B.Com (Financial Accounting), B.Com (Law) and a Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin), with its focus on public administration, followed by Advanced Diplomas, Postgraduate Diplomas, Honours degrees and Master's degrees in all the above disciplines, as well as doctoral studies in the above disciplines (excluding Accounting). Our faculty has also launched a number of new postgraduate programmes in Information Communication Technology (ICT), and partners with the Faculty of Natural Sciences in offering these postgraduate diplomas and masters programmes.

The faculty provides 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.

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. In the course of 2018, academics from PLAAS played a leading role in many scholarly and media debates on land expropriation. In fact, Ruth Hall one of our Professors, was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa to serve on an advisory panel that will support the Inter-Ministerial Committee on land reform.

     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) in our School of Government 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, and able to influence the social, political, economic and technological spheres of our South African society and the globe.

We look forward to supporting you, as you aspire to achieve your true potential.

Professor Michelle Esau PhD
Dean: Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences


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