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Major boost for Africa’s synchrotron capacity
Tue, 06 Jul 2021 - 21:00

A recent virtual celebration held by Diamond Light Source, the United Kingdom’s (UK) national synchrotron, has highlighted the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) part in an international collaboration that is developing African capacity to use the high‑tech, large‑scale infrastructure of synchrotrons to underpin the study of biology, catalysis and energy materials at atomic resolution.

SA must harness the power of human and veterinary medicine before the next deadly virus strikes
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 - 18:30

A One Health approach to vaccine development has many strengths, including for health and food security on the continent. But this country needs to boost its capacity now, write Professor Ed Rybicki and Professor Anna-Lise Williamson from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and Baptiste Dungu, the chief executive of Onderstepoort Biological Products.

Top marks for interdisciplinary and collaborative approach
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 - 18:30

What do you get when you combine the knowledge and work of a supervisor, two bright young students and a PhD candidate from another discipline? In Tobie Steyn and Tyler Kantor’s case, it’s earned them recognition from their department for one of the best papers in their year, and has provided new insight into epidemic modelling. 

Bongani Mayosi medical prize winner vows to lift others as she rises
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 - 18:15

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus Dr Peace Francis (25) has won the 2020 Bongani Mayosi Medical Students Academic Prize. The prestigious national award recognises final-year medical students who epitomise the leadership qualities and values of the late UCT Dean of Health Sciences, Professor Bongani Mayosi. Among these is the saying “Lift as you rise”.

UCT student trio named among young global leaders
Sun, 11 Apr 2021 - 18:15

Three University of Cape Town (UCT) students have been selected among a global cohort of 40 for the Next Generation Leaders programme. This has been designed to harness diverse and ethical approaches to civic engagement and activism.

UCT transforming, through the eyes of the Jaffer sisters
Thu, 25 Mar 2021 - 17:15

When the time came for award-winning journalist, author and activist Zubeida Jaffer to decide where she would pursue her undergraduate degree, the choice had to be the University of Cape Town (UCT) – but not for the reasons one might consider when making the choice today.

Two new NRF A-ratings for UCT
Thu, 11 Mar 2021 - 21:00

The University of Cape Town (UCT) recently welcomed two new additions to its growing list of A-rated researchers. They are Professor Michael Claeys from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Professor Giona Tuccini from the Department of Italian Studies.

UCT remains a top-10 emerging economy university
Thu, 11 Mar 2021 - 20:30

The University of Cape Town (UCT) ranks 10th worldwide among universities in countries with emerging economies according to the 2021 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings. UCT maintained its position from 2020 and remains the top performing institution from Africa.

100UP programme kicks off fundraising campaign
Thu, 11 Mar 2021 - 20:15

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) 100UP programme has embarked on a massive fundraising drive to garner much-needed support. Despite still receiving good financial support, many corporate funders have been left out of pocket and have had to withdraw from the programme as a result of financial difficulties brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Virtual Summer School draws new audiences
Tue, 16 Feb 2021 - 23:00

The immersive experience that the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) annual Summer School offers took an expected turn by going virtual this year. Despite numbers being down, the online environment has attracted new audiences, said Summer School director, Dr Medeé Rall, who spoke with UCT News about the experience.

District Six: Lessons in remembering
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 - 18:00

Memories of District Six are as varied and diverse as the community that inhabited the inner-city area before being forcibly removed by the apartheid government. Some of these memories are about the rich politics of District Six, others about its cultural contributions. The 55th anniversary of the declaration of District Six as a whites-only area on 11 February 2021 offers a moment to reflect on what it means to so many.

To a transformed UCT and beyond
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 - 18:00

Having developed the current transformation framework at the University of Cape Town (UCT), Professor Loretta Feris, the deputy vice-chancellor (DVC) for transformation, shared her portfolio’s innovative approach to transformation and decolonisation, both at the university and in South Africa in general during a recent Worldview podcast.