Over the past two decades, mental health research has advanced markedly. But most mental health studies haven’t included African people – either as researchers or as participants. This raises an all too familiar concern that Africa could be a bystander as advances in molecular and genetic research of the brain proceed at a breakneck speed.
Now extended to three weeks, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Summer School from 7 to 25 January 2019 offers a bumperprogramme of 113 lectures (up from 70 in 2018) and a focus on Africa and “issues of consequence”.
The simple treat of eating ice cream and jelly in hospital after having her tonsils out was the first step in University of Cape Town (UCT) masterʼs student Maria Jose’s journey to becoming a medical doctor, and onwards to being chosen as a Mandela Washington Fellow.
One of the most challenging aspects of conducting academic studies is translating crucial findings for a wider audience. With the launch of a new publication, Tomatoes & Taxi Ranks: Running our Cities to Fill the Food Gap, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) African Centre for Cities (ACC) has made the topic of urban food security accessible and understandable to everyone – from primary school learners to policymakers.
Through a deep commitment to African knowledge production and the development of African solutions to global challenges, researchers at the University of Cape Town are making critical advances in everything from the fight against infectious diseases to advancing democracy in Africa.
Investing in talent
The skills gap remains a critical obstacle to South Africa’s advancement. UCT wants to graduate more spirited and educated citizens who can think critically and innovatively, and go on to make a vital contribution to the development of a healthy, democratic and equitable society.
UCT is committed to a vision of transformation that advances non-racialism, diversity and inclusiveness. This involves creating an institutional culture that is affirming for all who come to the university, a working environment that respects the dignity of all staff, and a demographic profile that reflects the democratic transition that has taken place in the country.
"I give to Distinguishing UCT to grow the endowment in order to provide bursaries to students in need who will not, normally, be able to afford to attend this institution. The bigger the endowed figure, the more income will be generated for these bursaries." Abieda Abrahams