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UCT students scoop lion’s share of Reimagine Challenge accolades
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 - 17:45

Four University of Cape Town (UCT) students, the most from any competing institution globally, have won generous grants in the Schmidt Futures’ global Reimagine Challenge 2020. They are Julian Kanjere, Rowyn Naidoo, Lerato Motaung and Dr Muzzammil Ismail.

Dr Stuart Saunders (1931–2021): dedicated servant, steward and supporter
Fri, 12 Feb 2021 - 17:15

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) has been flying at half-mast on Sarah Baartman Hall since Friday morning, 12 February 2021, as the university marked the death of Emeritus Professor Stuart Saunders, a dedicated servant, steward and supporter of UCT and vice-chancellor from 1981 until 1996. 


Summer School at 71: a feast of learning awaits
Thu, 26 Nov 2020 - 15:45

The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) evergreen annual Summer School celebrates its 71st instalment in 2021, in its first virtual format, thanks to COVID-19 safety considerations. From 11 to 30 January 2021 participants can enjoy a bumper, three-week feast of open learning, encompassing over 90 short courses.

COVID-19 in the continent’s children: UK award supports new research
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 - 22:15

Professor Heather Zar, the chair of the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health and the director of the South African Medical Research Council Unit on Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences, is spearheading a research project that is one of 12 globally to receive a recent COVID-19 grant.

UCT VC calls on higher education to reinvent itself
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 - 22:00

Disruption is inevitable, and society must take the initiative in order to stay ahead. This according to University of Cape Town (UCT) Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng while delivering the 23rd annual Kgosi Edward Patrick Lebone Molotlegi Memorial Lecture.

UCT researcher wins Newton Prize 2020
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 - 21:45

Energy poverty is a major challenge in South Africa. Many of the 1.25 million households in informal settlements rely on burning paraffin or wood to cook and provide light and warmth in their homes. Not only do these methods of energy production create health and safety hazards, but they also limit the economic and educational opportunities of the people – most commonly women and children – living in these settlements.

Statement from President of the UCT Convocation on the passing of Auditor General Kimi Makwetu
Thu, 12 Nov 2020 - 12:45

UCT President of Convocation's issues a statement on the passing of fellow UCT alumnus, Auditor General, Kimi Makwetu.



Preserving cultural heritage through state-of-the-art technology
Sat, 26 Sep 2020 - 20:00

The Zamani Project is a research group at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics in the Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment that records, showcases and spreads awareness of cultural heritage sites on the African continent and beyond. The project has a reputation for producing spatial heritage data of high accuracy and authenticity.

UCT alumna’s NPO delivers learning material during lockdown
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 - 20:15

Outliers, a local non-profit organisation that operates in some of the Western Cape’s most marginalised communities, has distributed more than 20 000 educational resources tailored towards primary and high school learners. This has been done to ensure that the learners remain focused on their schoolwork during lockdown.

UCT mourns the passing of Advocate George Bizos
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 - 20:15

The University of Cape Town (UCT) mourns the passing of distinguished human rights lawyer, liberation struggle veteran and honorary doctorate recipient Advocate George Bizos.

Inspiring Africa’s future business leaders
Tue, 22 Sep 2020 - 20:00

From a young age, Dr Catherine Duggan knew that she wanted to work in education. More specifically, she knew that she wanted to work in education in Africa. As she steps into her new role as the director of the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB), effective from 1 September 2020, UCT News asked her to reflect on a career spanning more than 20 years and her extensive experience at some of the world’s top business schools.

UCT maintains position in world rankings
Thu, 27 Aug 2020 - 17:30

The University of Cape Town (UCT) has maintained its position in the 201–300 band in the latest ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) 2020, published on Saturday, 15 August.