With the goal of being an Afropolitan university, UCT aims to become an intellectual meeting point and sought-after destination for international scholars who have an interest in Africa's place in the world.
African Climate and Development Initiative
(Fundraising needs: scholarships and chair)
The problems of responding to the challenge of climate change and of achieving sustainable forms of development are high priority on the global development agenda. These problems are particularly difficult to manage on the African continent, with its high vulnerability to climate change impacts, its developmental challenges and its growing population numbers. Despite the aforementioned challenges and threats, the community of professionals and body of research on climate change is small throughout Africa. The African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI) is a response to this need. It was established in 2011, within the context of a strategic initiative of the University of Cape Town, as a key response to Africa's development challenges. ACDI's vision is to help build our region into one that has transitioned to a low-carbon economy and is resilient to the adverse impacts of climate change. With increased donor support, we aim to create an endowment for a Chair in Climate and Development.
Centre for African Studies Gallery
(Fundraising needs: staff, equipment and events)
While African art and photography have in recent years become part of a global dialogue, African representation is highly and problematically skewed in terms of the view of the outsider as opposed to the insider. The Centre for African Studies, whose mission is to promote African Studies at UCT and beyond, is ideally placed and primed to play a pivotal role in conducting research and teaching that is Africa focused. The Gallery, housed within the Centre, is primed to play a far reaching role in presenting art and expressions of visuality not only of South Africa but of the continent as a whole. This would be in the form of art and photographic exhibitions, music, film showings and mini festivals, among others. Critical to the sustainability of this vision for the Centre for African Studies Gallery, as an intellectual hub, is supplementary funding from donors. Such funding would allow the Gallery to extend its work beyond exhibition into an academic hub that stimulates and collects new perspectives of African heritage.
Three-Way PhD Global Partnership Programme
(Fundraising needs: scholarships)
Being an Afropolitan university means ensuring that our research on indigenous knowledge systems contributes to resolving problems of global concern. This is achieved through the establishment of academic partners across the world who can thereby gain a more integrated understanding of our natural and social worlds. Greater exposure to research findings from our region helps to ensure that regional challenges are appreciated within the wider context of international development. The Global Three-Way PhD Partnership Program is an initiative of the University of Cape Town to expose and develop the expertise of PhD candidates by linking their research projects to partners in the Global South and the Global North. In order to establish the finest and most effective model for advancing new knowledge and a next generation of researchers, efforts are focused on enabling a triangle of experience and skill. While the University of Cape Town provides financial assistance to postgraduate students from its reserves, the need far outweighs the fund. Donor funding is invited to support doctoral candidates embarking on the project.