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Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.
— Kofi Annan

Welcome to the Department of Information Science

The Department is very pleased to welcome its new Head of Department, Prof Archie Dick, who was appointed to this position on 1 July 2016, upon the retirement of Prof Theo Bothma. Prof Bothma will, however, still be involved in the Department as a contract professor, mainly doing postgraduate supervision and research.

The Department of Information Science offers three main programmes with courses relevant to the trends of the information and knowledge age and economy, being Information Science, Multimedia and Publishing Studies. In the Information Science programme students also study Knowledge Management in depth, and there are various specialisation options through electives (allowing students to concentrate more on technology, taking modules from the Department of Informatics as electives, or Information Science or Library Science, taking specific modules within this Department). 

We are the largest department offering Information Science in the Republic of South Africa; we are also the only department in the country that offers Publishing Studies at undergraduate level (in addition to postgraduate studies) and the only department that offers Multimedia (specifically Multimedia Programming, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level). We value the relevance and currency of our knowledge and courses. In 2002, we became the first department, and University, to offer postgraduate certificate courses in Competitive Intelligence, and Information and Knowledge Management.

We are very proud of our relationship with the departments of Informatics and Computer Science – our sister departments in the School of Information Technology.


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