UP’s first PPE students graduate


On 9 May, UP students Ciaran Burks and Keah Challenor become UP’s first students to graduate with a triple major in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

The BSocSci undergraduate degree, of the Humanities faculty, was established at UP in 2013. According to the official undergraduate handbook, the qualification is an internationally recognised ‘brand’ that allows its graduates entry into various career fields that include economic and political policy-making, journalism and diplomatic service.

Keah Chancellor said that although the degree “certainly was not easy”, she feels that she has a broad knowledge of several disciplines and believes that she has received a well-rounded education. She added that she has learnt more about the world and about herself and that she feels fortunate to have had the opportunity to study in a field so intellectually demanding.

The degree has become popular among some of the world’s global elite, with former British Prime Minister David Cameron and media mogul, Rupert Murdoch, having both studied the degree at Oxford.

Challenor is now completing her honours in Philosophy at UP, while Burks is in the process of completing his honours in Economics at Wits.

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