The School of Economics at the Potchefstroom Campus of the North-West University recently celebrated the academic achievements of students in Economics, Risk Management and International Trade. The so-called academic Oscars are awarded as part of the School's robe week during which lecturers teach in their academic robes and guest speakers are invited to tell students more about job opportunities in different industries. As part of the function the ERSA awards for achievers in Economics were also presented.
The School of Economic and Business Sciences' Prize Giving breakfast was held on Thursday 21 May in the Bozzoli Hall, East Campus. Two hundred and twenty donor representatives, members of staff, prize winners and their guests attended the function. The guest speaker, Mr Russell Loubser, CEO of the JSE Ltd, spoke about the global financial crisis and its impact on South Africa. The Economic Research Southern Africa (ERSA) prizes were handed to the prize winners by Professor Katherine Munro, Acting Dean of the Faculty of Commerce, Law & Management. The School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand, wishes to express its gratitude to ERSA for its sponsorship of prizes for the top two students in each year of study of Economics.
The Department of Economics at Monash South Africa held its first ERSA sponsored prize function on Wednesday 21 October in Hot Spot a popular venue on the campus. Monash only introduced an Economics major in 2007 and the first group of third years will graduate at the end of 2009. So the honorary guests at the function included the best performing 1st and 2nd year Economics students of 2008, the first group of 3rd year Monash Economics students and all the other dignitaries on campus.
The prize winners were:
Best first year Economics student in 2008: Musondo Chisanga
Second best first year Economics student in 2008: Koketso Moseki
Best first 2nd year Economics student in 2008: Owen Walmsley
Second best 2nd year Economics student in 2008: Vivian Mtatifikolo.
Prize Giving was held on 16 May 2008 at the Wits Club. It took the form of a breakfast. There were 160 guests - donors, prize winners with their guests and members of staff. The guest speaker was Dr Iraj Abedian of Pan-African Capital Holdings (Pty) Ltd. Dr Abedian handed out the ERSA prizes on ERSA's behalf. Our head of school, Professor Anthony Lumby, made special mention of the ERSA prizes, noting that it was the first time that they were being awarded and expressing his gratitude to ERSA for making it possible to recognize the achievements of the top two economics students in each year of study. Michele Maraschin and Christopher Redl are associate lecturers in the School of Economic and Business Sciences whilst studying for a Masters in Economics.
The ERSA Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University prize giving was held on the 29th May 2008 at the Senate Chamber at South Campus NMMU. This was the department's first prize giving award function, and attended by the HOD, Prof Hosking, the guest speaker Prof Wait, and students from 1st year up to Masters Level.