One of UCT's strategic goals is contribute to South Africa's development challenges.
The aim is to share knowledge that will benefit society. By fostering civic literacy in students, and providing them with knowledge and skills, UCT aims to build a more just, equitable and unified South African society.
To achieve this goal, innovative partnerships have been formed between UCT academics and a variety of other social structures, including government, local communities, social movements, and various international and local organisations.
Social responsiveness takes various forms, including:
engagement with policy development
public commentary on development issues and strategies
social outreach activities by students
programmes to empower external constituencies
the improvement of the relevance of the curriculum
providing opportunities for lifelong learning.
Social Responsiveness Report
UCT produces an annual Social Responsiveness Report that highlights how the the university tackles social, economic, cultural and political needs.
The report reflects on what has been achieved, as well as identifying what still needs to to be done.