University of Cape Town still tops in Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) held its position as the top university in Africa in the 2019 Best Global Universities Rankings, ahead of the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Globally, UCT continues to skirt the top 100 – the university is ranked 114th in the... Read more
University of Cape Town: Double award in national Three Minute Thesis competition
Doctoral candidate Rene Nsanzubuhoro has developed a novel device that can be used to assess the extent of leaks in sections of water pipeline and other fluid-pipeline systems, without the need for costly and invasive efforts. A combination of inspiration and passion brought him to this point, including his... Read more
Universities must ‘reframe’ goals and agendas
It’s time for universities across the globe to start becoming an active part of the solution to the multiple social, ecological and economic crises that are leading some scholars to call this the “Anthropocene age”. To do that, they should have the courage and desire to explicitly reframe their... Read more
University of Cape Town subject rankings success
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has been rated in the top 100 in the world in three subjects – law, social sciences and education – in the 2019 Times Higher Education Rankings by subject. Law was ranked in 77th place globally, social sciences in 89th place, while education shares the 95th spot with Finland’s... Read more
University of Cape Town: Bumper Summer School for 2019
Now extended to three weeks, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Summer School from 7 to 25 January 2019 offers a bumper programme of 113 lectures (up from 70 in 2018) and a focus on Africa and “issues of consequence”. These include land reform, corruption, ethical governance, and the 2019 elections. “We’re... Read more
University of Cape Town boosts transformation in accounting
After a six-year collaboration with the University of Cape Town’s College of Accounting, Walter Sisulu University (WSU) and the University of Zululand (UniZulu) have now been accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), securing top-quality accounting degrees for their students. The innovative partnership, designed to build sustainable capacity... Read more
University of Cape Town: Supporting students with disabilities
University of Cape Town (UCT) students with disabilities are inspiring others with their stories of perseverance and resilience, and have expressed gratitude for the way they’ve been assisted with tailor-made support such as Braille readers and South African Sign Language interpreters. In February this year, the FirstRand Foundation (Tshikululu Social... Read more
UCT scientists shine at NRF awards
The University of Cape Town’s top scientific minds dominated at this year’s National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards ceremony, accounting for 11 of the 37 academics honoured at the prestigious annual event. Together with fellow Western Cape academic institutions Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape (UWC), which scooped three and... Read more
The political economy of child marriage in Africa
The practice of marrying young girls continues in Africa and other parts of the world despite efforts to end the tradition. Why haven’t these interventions been more successful? Emmily Kamwendo, a UCT doctoral researcher, believes that the idea of ‘readiness for marriage’ needs to be understood and interrogated in... Read more
UCT Rainbow Week: Welcoming one and all
University of Cape Town (UCT) students came out in their numbers to take part in Rainbow Week, showing their support for a move to embrace inclusivity on the campus. The events included panel discussions, art and film, a Pride march and a party, all designed to bring depth, insight,... Read more