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YES! scholarships harness power of small donors
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 - 13:45

Ten years ago, two young University of Cape Town (UCT) chemical engineering graduates put a dream into action. The embodiment is the Young Engineers Scholarship (YES!), a scholarship that harnesses friend networks and that has supported more than 18 students in chemical engineering and allied fields. The co-founders hope there will be many more to come.

UCT ranked top by yet another international body
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 - 10:30

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is springing into the new season with a spring in our step following the release of the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings on Thursday, 2 September. UCT Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng writes to the UCT community. 

‘Proud moment’ as UCT and Western Cape Government launch world-class vaccination centre
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 - 10:30

Against the backdrop of Table Mountain, on a cold and grey winter morning, the University of Cape Town (UCT), in partnership with the Western Cape Government (WCG), reinforced its commitment to bringing hope to the residents of the Mother City with the launch of the world‑class Community of Hope Vaccination Centre.

Complexity studies course: thinking skills for wicked problems
Wed, 13 Oct 2021 - 11:15

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS) has launched a certified online postgraduate course that not only teaches integrated systems sciences, but also applies this learning to the context of its delivery. The course, Applied Complexity Science, also incorporates elements of artificial intelligence (AI) in its content and cutting-edge design.

Heritage Month: The Khoi encountered Europeans long before Van Riebeeck
Thu, 23 Sep 2021 - 13:45

Fifty‑two years before Jan van Riebeeck landed at the Cape on 6 April 1652, Cape Town was a proto-port; a calling place for hundreds of outward and inbound ships between Europe and the East Indies. These maritime visitors also met and bartered with the resident Khoi, who were guardians of the Camissa (‘sweet water’) River flowing into Table Bay.

UCT student ties for first in SA Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 - 10:45

University of Cape Town (UCT) third-year BSc student Tim Schlesinger tied first with two other students at the South African Tertiary Mathematics Olympiad.

UCT to host international summit on SDGs in Africa
Mon, 06 Sep 2021 - 10:30

It’s not every day that you can collect insights from government, business, academia and civil society all in one place, around a focused agenda on what matters most: peace and prosperity. UCT will host thought-leaders from around the world at the virtual International Summit on Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.

T cells face off against variants to boost COVID-19 immunity
Wed, 11 Aug 2021 - 17:45

With the fight against COVID-19 beset with concerns around the efficacy of vaccines in the face of a mutating virus, University of Cape Town virologists have shown that the body’s T cells maintain 85% of their capacity to detect variants, continuing to mount a substantial defence to prevent severe illness, hospitalisation and death.

Warm the brain at UCT’s virtual Winter School
Wed, 14 Jul 2021 - 13:15

Bookings are open for the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Winter School, a seven-day programme, which will run from 24 to 31 July and will feature several prominent presenters. These include Professor Salim Abdul Karim and Professor Linda-Gail Bekker, leading epidemiologists in the fight against COVID-19, and former Public Protector, Professor Thuli Madonsela.

Exploring a circular economy in South Africa
Tue, 06 Jul 2021 - 21:45

As the longevity of our planet hangs in the balance, a shift toward more sustainable practices within global economies has become imperative. As a result, the concept of the ‘circular economy’ has gained traction and become an important topic for discussion. A recent collaborative study by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Austria maps the level of circularity in South Africa’s economy, and sheds some light on the prospects for a sustainable future.

How to build the university of the future
Tue, 06 Jul 2021 - 21:45

Universities around the world have been rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic. Phenomena such as online teaching and learning have become the “new normal”, and it has required rapid adaptation from both students and academics. In a post‑pandemic world, will this temporary learning methodology become a permanent facet of the higher education model globally? What will the university of the future look like?

National accolade for senior UCT water researcher
Tue, 06 Jul 2021 - 21:45

The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) has awarded a prestigious Senior Fellow Membership to Dr Kirsty Carden, interim director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Future Water Institute (FWI). Dr Carden is an applied scientist in civil engineering, and the fellowship honours her 34-year-long career and many contributions to the country’s water sector.