FACULTY OF ECONOMIC AND MANAGEMENT SCIENCES
Achievements, awards & news (PUK Newsroom)
The Faculty is especially proud of the fact that we have delivered the best lecturer on the Potchefstroom Campus over the past five years. Dr Alf Henrico (School of Business Management) was also named as the best lecturer of the NWU for 2012!
SCHOOL OF ACCOUNTING SCIENCES
Programme for Chatered Accountancty (CA newsletter)
The School of Accounting Sciences is grateful to mention the following recent highlights:
SAICA Part 1 Qualifying examination 2009:87% 2010:81% 2011:84% 2012:92%
SAICA Part 2 Qualifying examination 2009:96% 2010:95% 2011:90%
Programme for Management Accountancy
In August 2010, a team from our Management accounting programme participated in the CIMA Global Business Challenge. They won the South African leg and finished in an overall fourth place internationally.
The top achievers in South Africa in 2009 in the CIMA examination’s paper TOPCIMA are from the PUK. In 2011, there were also three students from the PUK among the top 10 in South Africa for the paper "TOPCIMA"
SCHOOL OF ECONOMICS
Two Magister students from the School of Economics were chosen for the South African Reserve Bank’s Cadet Programme in 2011. Only 20 candidates were chosen from more than 1 000 applicants.
Prof Paul Styger, one of the School of Economics’ senior members of staff, was recently awarded the Stalls Price for Economics from the Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (South African Academy for Science and Art).
The SA Akademie notes that Prof Styger’s work is testament of ext
raordinary subject expertise and that he is considered a world authority in his field. He receives the prize for his contribution to science, the academy, and in particular Economics. Of particular importance are the foundations for Bank risk management as field of study that he lay that are still utilised to the benefit of the country, as well as executive managers of banks across the world. He is also an authoritative figure on monetary economics, exchange rates, hedging with derivatives, bank regulations, as well as the strategic management of commercial and central banks.
Since 2006, a research team from the School of Economics has worked together with the Department of Trade and Industry on a model to identify realistic export possibilities for South Africa. On 1 September 2010, the team made the results of the Decision Support Model (DSM) on HS6 code level products and countries, known to senior DTI members. This team has also developed a DSM dashboard to present the results of the DSM to the Department of Trade and Industry, export councils and expoerters in a user-friendly manner.
SCHOOL OF HUMAN RESOURCES SCIENCES
Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad – Universitaire Ontwikkelingssamenwerking is funded by the Belgian government and is a collaborative agreement between the Gent Universiteit Belgi and the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus. It flows from an informal research collaboration between Prof Cara Jonker from the NWU (School of Human Resources) and Prof Johnny Fontaine, Gent Universiteit Belgi. A total of 246410 € will be invested in the project over a period of three to four years. The development of capacity in young academics (lecturers) of the disadvantaged groups is one of the main goals (the obtaining of three PhDs). The project aims to increase cross-cultural research skills and the end result will be the establishment of an emotion competency programme for the South African Police Service. The persons in the programme will also spend three to four months a year for the duration of the project in Brussels, Belgium in order to study research methodology and statistical methods.
SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
The honours students in Marketing management have, since 2010, worked together with the private sector to prepare them for the business world. At Aquasol, our students delivered papers about financial management for the directors of companies.