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100 years of UCT – what was, and what could be
Mon, 19 Nov 2018 - 10:30

UCT's Development & Alumnni Department hosted a seminar series to commemorate one hundred years of UCT as a degree-issuing institution in 2018. Listen to the podcasts here.

VC meets UCT Legacy Society
Mon, 10 Dec 2018 - 13:30

The UCT Legacy Society hosted Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng in Sandton, Johannesburg on 24 November.

Genetic brain research in Africa: A ‘formidable’ challenge
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 - 15:30

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.

Bumper Summer School for 2019
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 - 15:00

Now extended to three weeks, the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Summer School from 7 to 25 January 2019 offers a bumper programme of 113 lectures (up from 70 in 2018) and a focus on Africa and “issues of consequence”.

UCT masterʼs student shines in Miami
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 - 15:00

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.

Taking food security to a wider audience
Fri, 09 Nov 2018 - 14:45

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.

UK charity raises millions for UCT
Tue, 16 Oct 2018 - 12:15

From neurosciences to opera, schools improvement to drug discovery, the University of Cape Town (UCT Trust),  a United Kingdom (UK) registered charity, has played a significant role in promoting UCT and building support for the institution in the UK and Europe for nearly 30 years.

Major advance in fight against TB
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 16:00

In a major advance for tuberculosis vaccine development, a multi-site trial across Africa has shown that the candidate tuberculosis vaccine M72/AS01Ecan prevent latent TB from progressing to active disease.

Commerce Ted Talk
New commerce research unveiled, TED-style
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 16:00

The Faculty of Commerce and the Cape Town Alumni Chapter recently hosted the second in the UCT Talks series, a TED-styled showcase of new or recently published faculty research.

UCT innovator on top-30 list for Africa
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 15:45

Professor Tania Douglas kicks off her TED talk with an image of what she calls an “equipment graveyard”, a “typical final resting place for useless medical equipment from hospitals in Africa”. Douglas, director of the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) Medical Imaging Research Unit in the Division of Biomedical Engineering, firmly believes that Africa has its own unique medical challenges which require unique African solutions.

Smuts Hall 90th anniversary weekend
Thu, 11 Oct 2018 - 11:00

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) iconic Smuts Hall men’s residence will hold a weekend reunion from 19-21 October to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The residence is named after Jan Smuts, UCT Chancellor from 1936 to 1950 and a former prime minister of South Africa.

Graduation speakers call for activism
Mon, 09 Apr 2018 - 12:15

If there were a theme for day three of UCT’s seven-day graduation season in the first week of April, it would be the call for graduands to become active citizens and surpass the achievements of their parents.