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FACULTY
HIGHLIGHTS
CHED
ENGINEERING & THE
BUILT ENVIRONMENT
The UCT Formal Online Education Project in the Centre for
Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT) is a five-year
initiative (2018–2022) established to promote innovation in
online learning and strengthen online education capacity.
The Industrial Computational Fluid Dynamics Research
Group’s novel software Elemental enabled Airbus to improve
the design of its A320 aircraft, winning the team the Best
Innovations in Flight Physics award for 2017/18.
Following the review done by the Boston
Consulting Group, the Centre for Educational
Testing for Access and Placement (CETAP)
reaffirmed the importance of the assessment
of entry-level students’ academic literacy and
mathematics proficiency levels and understanding
their learning needs at the start of their studies.
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The Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS)
offered another successful Summer School,
drawing in excess of 2 600 participants to 110 lectures and
courses with just under 7 900 enrolments.
Three faculty members were promoted
to full professors effective 1 January 2019:
Mbulungeni Madiba, Laura Czerniewicz and
Suellen Shay.
POSTDOC RESEARCHER DR MEHDI SAFARI,
TOGETHER WITH PROFESSOR MOJTABA
GHADIRI FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF
LEEDS, RECEIVED A ROYAL ACADEMY
OF ENGINEERING AWARD FOR THE CAPE
PARTNERSHIP, A PROJECT TO IMPROVE THE
EFFICIENCY OF MINERAL PROCESSING.
Mochelo Lefoka, in collaboration with Associate Professor
Abimbola Windapo, received the Singapore Institute of Building
Limited Best Paper Award at the 42nd Annual Australasian
Universities Building Education Association conference.
Chris Plano, a PhD student, received the best
paper award at the 37th Annual Southern
African Transport Conference for his paper
on a hybridised public transport network.
COMMERCE
DataFirst, a research data service in the School of Economics,
became the only internationally certified African data
repository after being awarded a CoreTrustSeal endorsement.
After a six-year
collaboration with UCT’s
College of Accounting,
Walter Sisulu University
and the University
of Zululand received
SAICA accreditation,
securing top-quality
accounting degrees
for their students.
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Associate Professor Gizelle
Willows was the recipient
of the Best Overall Paper
award at the 2018 Southern
African Accounting
Association Conference for
her paper “An Investigation
of Non-Interest Income in
the South African Banking
Environment”.
he faculty is home to three
T
holders of SARChI chairs and
45 NRF-rated scholars.
The UCT Graduate School of Business was ranked 67th (up
from 70th in 2017) out of the top 90 business schools in the
prestigious Financial Times Executive Education Customised
Rankings 2018, scoring in the top 50 for its international clients,
faculty diversity and future use and relevance of its programmes.
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HEALTH SCIENCES
OVER 1 000 RESEARCH CONTRACTS WERE
PROCESSED TO THE VALUE OF NEARLY R1 BILLION.
In South Africa’s first operation on placental
support (OOPS), doctors Shazia Peer, Chantal
Stewart and Alp Numanoglu led a team to
perform a tracheostomy on a caesarian baby
still connected to its mother through the
umbilicus and placenta, giving the doctors
minutes to unblock its airway.
At the fifth Global Symposium on Health Systems Research,
Professor Lucy Gilson, head of the Health Policy and Systems
Division, received the Lifetime Achievement Award for her
career-long engagement with health policy analysis.
A candidate tuberculosis (TB) vaccine,
in a clinical trial by SATVI-CIDRI, prevented
TB by significantly reducing the incidence of lung
TB in HIV-negative adults with latent TB.

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