In this first quarter of the year the staff of the School of Economics were involved in two big events. The first is the Faculty’s new Economic Literacy Centre.
The Literacy Centre is the brainchild of Prof Ermie Steenkamp who was inspired by a visit to a NCEE facility in Mexico a number of years ago. The idea was create a space where learners visiting campus can be introduced to the economic and management sciences. There is a “movie theater” with big screens showing the latest economic indicators. There are interactive electronic games in which a learner can allocate the family’s budget. Another shows the power of compound interest and the benefits of starting to save early. Visitors also have the opportunity to play a card game and learn about the R1-man. If we can get more learners to study maths at school, and more of them to consider the economic and management sciences, we will be very happy!
The second major event was the Agricultural Economics Association of South Africa’s Tomlinson lecture.
This prestigious memorial lecture was co-hosted by the School’s agricultural economists, lead by Dr Ernst Idsardi and those from UFS (Dr Flippie Cloete).
Dr Kobus Laubscher presented the lecture on the theme: “Relevance versus indispensable in making the long-term urgent – Agricultural Economists can choose to shift the responsibility or to shift the paradigm”. Dr Laubscher is an independent Agricultural Economist and Strategist with 27 years as an agricultural economics academic. He is an expert in several fields such as rural development, business process re-engineering and corporate governance.
The event was attended by the leadership of the AEASA, academics and representatives of industry and government.