UCT: Collaboration and inclusivity important to new dean of law
Enhancing the African focus of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) LLB degree and altering the way students and staff view law are just two of a few long-term goals that the new Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Danwood Chirwa, aspires to achieve during his tenure. Last week,... Read more
UCT remains top university in Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) remains the top university in Africa, holding its position at ninth in the 2019 Times Higher Education (THE) Emerging Economies University Rankings. For the Emerging Economies Rankings, THE uses the same 13 performance indicators as for their World University Rankings to judge a university’s... Read more
Professor Mary Metcalfe: Solving SA’s literacy crisis
Lack of access to reading material and textbooks are two of the main reasons that 78% of South African children in grade 3 still can’t read for meaning. And education expert Professor Mary Metcalfe says fixing this national literacy crisis will take time and hard work. Metcalfe’s comments came during... Read more
Students weigh in on real-world problems
Seeking solutions to gender-based violence is a complex challenge, but University of Cape Town (UCT) students were up for the task during a recent d-school Foundation Programme in Design Thinking. The d-school, or Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at UCT, runs the Foundation Programme every semester, gathering students from... Read more
Matric maths pass rate poses significant challenge for universities
South Africa’s Minister of Basic Education announced a 2018 matric pass rate of 78.2% in the first week of January as well as a number of other significant achievements. These are academic results of students in their final year of high school. The results are used to gauge the state of... Read more
UCT alumni triumph in social impact challenge
Three University of Cape Town graduates who met while studying information systems at UCT are among the winners of Google’s first Impact Challenge for South Africa, earning them US$250 000 in funding for their career guidance technology. Unathi September, Lebogang Diale and Rudzani Mulaudzi met while studying information systems, graduating... Read more
UCT graduation: ‘Tell them about the dream’
During an historic day at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where a special graduation was held alongside the robing of Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, students from the Faculty of Humanities graduated, academic staff were honoured, and an alumnus returned to inspire. Highlights of the afternoon programme yesterday, 13 December,... Read more
Kehilwe Nakedi: Commitment, passion and dogged determination
Driven by the reward of seeing the full picture when all the pieces of the puzzle are in place, Kehilwe Nakedi’s path to a PhD in Medical Biochemistry was characterised by “commitment and passion”. It’s no coincidence then that she believes these are vital ingredients of successful science. “Good... Read more
University of Cape Town: Envisioning a bright future
Rising University of Cape Town (UCT) academic Mochelo Lefoka grew up in the small village of Makgodu in Limpopo, with his grandparents as his strength and inspiration. They instilled in him a sense of pride in his work and an understanding of the opportunities education could bring. Fast-forward to... Read more
University of Cape Town master’s student in Silicon Valley
As one of five South African emerging leaders on the TechWomen programme, an initiative of the United States Department of States’ Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, University of Cape Town (UCT) master’s student Wiebke Toussaint was invited to visit Silicon Valley, the tech mecca of the world. Aimed at... Read more