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UCT leads, in Africa, in four of the five major world university rankings: Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds, Center for World University Rankings and US News Best Global Universities.

Times Higher Education

UCT moved 20 places to 136th position in the latest 2020 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

US News

The sixth edition of the US News Best Global Universities rankings saw UCT being ranked 121st globally for 2020.

Upcoming Events

2020 07 Sep 10:00 29 Nov 12:00

PhD Preparedness Programme

This is a 12 week fully online course facilitated by the Child Nurse Practice Development Initiative (CNPDI) to help students bridge the gap between a Masters' degree and a PhD.

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2020 17 Sep 10:00 23 Sep 15:00

Teaching and Learning Conference: Shifting Academic Identities

What a year 2020 has turned out to be! The COVID-19 pandemic pulled UCT lecturers, tutors and professional and support staff rapidly into emergency remote teaching and exposed the extent of the inequalities across our community. It's been a rough time and academic and student identities have been under huge strain. In this period of emergency remote teaching we have had to change where and how we teach. Students have had to face the sometimes harsh challenges of what it means to be a student during the current crisis.

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The purpose of the Food Programme is to provide basic support to students who are hungry and to enhance student learning and success.