New master’s offering combines fintech and entrepreneurship
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is now the first university on the continent to offer a specialisation in its MSc degree that is specifically designed to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to embrace the technological revolution in the financial services sector. South Africa’s financial services industry... Read more
Think tank tackles myth of green mining
Karin Ireton explains her point at a discussion on putting into operation the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals. Also in picture are table facilitator Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga (middle), head, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) South Africa, and Cynthia Tsunyana, Ensight Energy Solutions. Sustainability is key to the survival of the... Read more
Cape Town shows off scientific treasures
An eye-watering odour wafts through UCT’s Sports Hall 2. The pungent gas doesn’t seem to bother the dozens of schoolchildren who are gathered in the sports centre. In fact, more and more are crowding around the source. It was perhaps not so much teenage tomfoolery as it was scientific... Read more
To infinity and beyond
The sky isn’t the limit for two master’s students from UCT’s SpaceLab who have been selected for the International Astronautical Federation’s (IAF) 2017 Emerging Space Leaders (ESL) Grant Programme. Ani Vermeulen and Louis Feng, who are both working toward their MPhil in space studies at UCT, are among the... Read more
New hermit crab species
It has green eyes, a girl’s name and, like other parapagurid species, piggybacks its tentacled lodgers around in a unique biological marriage called symbiosis. Meet Paragiopagurus atkinsonae, a new species of deep-water hermit crab found only in a tiny area off the West Coast of South Africa. The wee beastie... Read more
UCT alumnus wins The Voice SA
Recent UCT finance graduate Craig Lucas was announced as the winner of season two of the popular singing contest, The Voice South Africa, last weekend. The winner of season one in 2016, Richard Stirton, was also UCT alumnus. In the finale last weekend, Lucas sang Chris de Burgh’s Lady in Red, which... Read more
For youngsters Brandon Como and Grant Oosterwyk, growing up on the Cape Flats was about economic survival and avoiding gangs. No one talked about university. But they had other ideas – and they changed the trajectory of their and their families’ lives, and their community. In his 30 years... Read more
From teaching interventions to revolutionary research and the development of isiXhosa reading and teaching material, Xolisa Guzula is a force of change within the South African education landscape. Guzula is a quintessential reader. From an early age, she would devour any book placed in front of her. With the... Read more
In March this year UCT launched its eighth massive open online course (MOOC): Extinctions: Past and Present with Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, a palaeobiologist in the department of biological sciences. Since its launch in March, over 3 300 participants from 120 countries around the world have signed up for the MOOC, with the... Read more
UCT holds its position in 2018 QS rankings
UCT remains ranked at 191 in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, which were released on 8 June. UCT also remains the top university in Africa. Three other African universities were included in the top 400: Stellenbosch University (361), the University of the Witwatersrand (364) and The American University... Read more

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