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Rhodes University is the smallest public university in South Africa, with approximately 8000 registered students. Nevertheless we rank among the top performing South African universities with regard to student graduation rates and the proportion of academic staff holding PhD or equivalent qualifications. Many of our graduates occupy executive positions in the local IS industry, have successfully started their own businesses, or have forged international careers.
The Department of Information Systems at Rhodes University was first established in 1980 as a sub-department of the Department of Business Administration (now Management) within the Faculty of Commerce. Today, it is a flourishing, independent Department with a full undergraduate and post-graduate programme. Undergraduate students are required to complete a first-year semester course in computing offered by the Department of Computer Science, before registering for Information Systems. The Department offers courses at the second, third and fourth (honours) year levels, as well as Masters and PhD degrees by research thesis.
Academic staff in our Department are committed to promoting the construction of knowledge in the field of Information Systems through effective and innovative interaction, research and consulting; and to the development of quality graduates and information systems artefacts within a climate of excellence, integrity and ethical behaviour.