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

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2020 24 Feb 10:00

Are we ready for Genetically Modified Humans?

In recent years researchers have been working hard to develop faster, cheaper, and more precise ways to remove, add or modify genes in living organisms. They now have the ability to change our human genome - not only in people who are alive, but also in those who are yet to be born. Gene editing technologies raise profound questions about what it means to be human, and the extent to which we want to push the boundaries towards enhancement.

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2020 26 Feb 13:00 14:00

Morality, Ethics and the Study of Religion(s): Lost and Found Again

In this presentation, I introduce the project that I am leading in the study of religion, ethics and morality. I situate these questions in the history of the study of religions, arguing that ethics and morality were progressively removed from the major theories and definitions of religions. In particular, the major theories from Schleiermacher to Chidester did not put ethics and morality in the centre of their reflections. A recent revival in the study of ethics in anthropology has inherited an approach to ethics that vacillates between Kant and James.

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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.
2020 First Semester – isiXhosa Communication Skills Course Levels: Beginners and Intermediate