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UCT sets its sights on conquering cancer
On Friday, 11 February, at the Neuroscience Institute at Groote Schuur Hospital, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Gynaecological Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) welcomed more than 120 attendees to its celebration of World Cancer Day. The occasion was marked with a screening of Conquering Cancer, a feature documentary aimed at showing the... Read more
UCT gears up for 2022 first-year campus reception programme
It’s that time of the year when the University of Cape Town (UCT) welcomingly opens its doors to first-year students who have been accepted for their inaugural year of study at Africa’s leading university. The First-Year Campus Reception programme, which was introduced for the first time in 2021, will... Read more
UCT first in Africa in the world rankings
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has retained the top spot in Africa on the Times Higher Education (THE) rankings released on Thursday, 2 September. UCT continues to be the continent’s top university, tying with the University of Notre Dame (US) at 183rd place. More than 1 600 institutions were ranked... Read more
A leading cause of death in SA, head trauma is under-researched
Traumatic brain injury (TBI) remains an under-researched area, despite the large burden of disease it represents. There is currently little data on incidence, outcomes and quality of clinical care administered. Professor Anthony Figaji, the head of the Paediatric Neurosurgery Unit at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of... Read more
Fertiliser from urine: winning master’s research underscores SDGs
Human urine is treated as a mere waste product, millions of litres flushed away daily. But this liquid gold is rich in nitrogen in the form of urea, which is most often used as a fertiliser. University of Cape Town (UCT) civil engineering master’s candidate Hlumelo Marepula has won... Read more
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

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