Intervarsity News 28 August 2017

University of Cape Town (UCT)
The University of Cape Town recently announced a new degree that no other university on the African continent offers.

The new degree, a Master of Data Science with aspecialisation in Financial Technology, will be implemented in January next year. Dr. Co-Pierre Georg,senior lecturer at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) at UCT and course convener, said, “In the past, companies were mainly looking for advanced mathematical andmodelling skills. There still is demand for these skills, but by far the largest demand now is for students who have a thorough understanding of finance combined with a mastery of modern data analytics and software development skills.”

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Campus News Bites 28 August 2017

South Campus Halaal Kiosk temporarily closed

UP’s Department of Facilities Management released a statement announcing that “due to unforeseen family circumstances, Mr Moosa’s South Campus Kiosk and the mobile kiosk in front of the Merensky Library, which sells Halaal food, will be closed until 13 September 2017”.

While a mobile unit will be made available on South Campus from 28 August 2017 to 13 September, no Halaal food will be available for sale during this time.

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DASO UP wins 2017 SRC elections

This year’s SRC elections took place from 21 to 23 August. For the first time in its history, the elections were held online and students were able to vote for their preferred candidates through the VoteNet system. On 23 August, the official preliminary results for the elections were released. The results showed that DASO UP had an overwhelming majority win for all ten contested portfolios. Kwena Moloto, DASO UP’s presidential candidate won the presidential portfolio with 5044 votes, followed by the EFFSC-UP’s candidate Mamello Molotsi, who won the deputy-president portfolio with 2916 votes.

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State of the art centre – Javett-UP


On 11 August the Javett-UP, a new state of the art centre currently under construction on UP’s Hatfield and South Campus, began to change the landscape of Pretoria with the addition of a bridge over Lynnwood Road. The Javett-UP project, is one of the largest art construction projects aimed at promoting arts and culture heritage in South Africa.

Starting on the morning of 11 August, seven beams each over 33m long and weighing 71 tons were placed on four tiers. The process, which took 26 hours to complete, resulted in a 34m long and 20m wide bridge over Lynnwood Road that will house a gallery. Two 300 ton mobile hydraulic cranes were needed to lift and position the beams in place.

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UP Department of Consumer Science launches new food labs

On 17 August, the UP Consumer Science Department launched its new food labs that will cater for students within the department. Three food laboratories had undergone extensive upgrades in order to keep up with ever changing commercial trends. The refurbished facilities boast induction cooking as well as blast freezing upgrades. Similarly, a range of modern equipment is housed by the department courtesy of the Culinary Equipment Company. The upgrades will help the department in keeping up with modern day training and research needs. The department states that, “The labs have been designed to be trendy, ergonomic and user friendly, with industrial equipment and services.” 

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