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Leadership a priority for new law scholarship
The Everard and Joan MacFarlane Family Leadership Scholarship for University of Cape Town (UCT) law students was launched on Tuesday, 20 July. More than just a funding grant, the R15 million endowment aims to support students who display both academic excellence and leadership skills, through a holistic faculty‑based programme. Taking... Read more
Rare honours and international recognition for UCT research managers
UCT staff members Natalie Le Roux (senior research manager in the Research Office) and Sidney Engelbrecht (manager: Research Ethics and Compliance in the Faculty of Health Sciences) both obtained Research Management Professional (RMP) status. The two received this honour during the first opportunity afforded to Africa’s research managers to receive this... Read more
UCT as an example for embedding a ‘futures’ culture
Creating a safe space for “crazy ideas”, brave leadership and dedicating 20% of your time to thinking about the long-term are some of the essential actions and attributes of any organisation, big or small, wanting to help shape the future. This was the advice of Abbas Jamie, an engineer... Read more
UCT professor heads Law and Society Association’s global activities portfolio
University of Cape Town (UCT) law expert Professor Dee Smythe – a “pioneer in the field of law and society in Africa” – has been appointed as the Law and Society Association’s (LSA) inaugural coordinator of global activities (CGA). The LSA is an international organisation that brings together scholars from across... Read more
COVID-19: UCT math modeller makes her mark
In January 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) invited the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Dr Sheetal Silal to join an international taskforce of mathematical modellers to study the dynamics of a novel coronavirus outbreak in China. Little did she know the impact this would have on her life... Read more
Ancient secrets from the understudied Kalahari
Dominant theories of human evolution say our ancestors evolved behaviours seen as ‘modern’ about 100 000 years ago along the South African coast. With sites like Blombos Cave and Pinnacle Point revealing remarkable evidence of modern humans and their reliance on marine resources, the theory makes sense. But some researchers,... Read more
Archaeology is first science department with black staff majority
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Department of Archaeology has marked a major milestone by becoming the first department in the Faculty of Science with a black staff majority. This follows the appointments of alumni Dr Vuyiswa Lupuwana and Dr Yonatan Sahle. Dr Lupuwana and Dr Sahle, an Ethiopian... Read more
UCT remains a top-10 emerging economy university
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. “UCT is proud to be ranked in the... Read more
‘UCT’s Vision 2030 is attainable’
“Achieving the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Vision 2030 is like putting together a million-piece puzzle – it seems challenging and exhausting, but if everyone picks up just one puzzle piece and places it in the correct place, the puzzle will be complete in no time.” And succeeding at... Read more
34th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards Regional Winner: UCT School of Architecture
A thesis entitled ‘Montage, Collage in making Tarkovsky’s Zone: Sculpting a Cinematic Narrative Space in a Liminal Landscape’ by Katya Krat was selected regional winner from the School of Architecture at the University of Cape Town, receiving a R10 000 prize. Held on Friday 5 February, the event was part... Read more

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