Media releases

2013

Fourth quarter

 

UCT PhD graduate uses multi-wavelength observations to study galaxies' dark matter
20 December 2013
Focusing his research on the mass distribution and dynamics of molecular gas in nearby galaxies, University of Cape Town PhD graduate Dr Bradley Frank has analysed one of the most direct ways to study the distribution of dark matter in galaxies.

 

Traditional tribunals can help rural women access justice in SA, says UCT researcher
19 December 2013
University of Cape Town researcher Dr Adenike Aiyedun's PhD thesis examines the right of women in South Africa’s rural areas to a fair trial and access to justice.

 

ART reduces prevalence of TB in people infected with HIV – UCT study
17 December 2013
Antiretroviral Treatment an important part of SA's overall TB control strategy.

 

5,560* graduates to be capped at UCT this month
11 December 2013
Thirteen graduation ceremonies taking place from 11 to 17 December 2013 at Jameson Hall, Upper Campus, UCT

 

UCT community gathers to reflect on Madiba's passing
6 December 2013
As South Africa and the world seek meaningful ways to reflect on the passing of former President Nelson Mandela, the University of Cape Town will be holding a campus community gathering at 14h00 today (Friday, 6 December 2013) on the steps of Jameson Hall, Upper Campus.

 

UCT mourns Madiba's passing
6 December 2013
Flags at the University of Cape Town will fly at half-mast today as staff and students mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela.

 

UCT to honour leading businessman, literary scholar & cardiovascular scientist from Africa
3 December 2013
Ceremonies will take place on 13 & 16 December 2013 at Jameson Hall, Upper Campus, UCT.

 

Hake and sardine under spotlight at international review of South African fisheries
2 December 2013
Annual International Stock Assessment Review Workshop, 2-6 December 2013, Mathematics Building, Room M212, Upper Campus, UCT.

 

Smart glove to help leprosy sufferers avert injury
28 November 2013
A smart glove, developed partly by researchers at the University of Cape Town, could help leprosy patients avert injury to their hands.

 
 

Upcoming UCT event and interview opportunities
27 November 2013

 

UCT Vice-Chancellor reports to Senate on development of new admissions policy
22 November 2013
Please cite Gerda Kruger, Executive Director: Communication and Marketing, University of Cape Town.

 

UCT's admissions policy review process timeline: 2009 to date
21 November 2013
Please cite Gerda Kruger, Executive Director: Communication and Marketing, University of Cape Town

 
 

Upcoming UCT event and interview opportunity
21 November 2013

 
 

Experts to unpack climate change adaptation at UCT colloquium
20 November 2013
Pro Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture by Dr Mark Stafford Smith on Monday, 25 November 2013, at 18h00, Old Mutual Conference Centre, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.

 

Matrix of UCT talent unbundles connectivity problems
20 November 2013
Professor Dlodlo and Emeritus Professor De Jager – from UCT’s Communications Research Group and Image Processing Group respectively – walked away with the 2012/13 NSTF-BHP Billiton Award for An Individual or a Team who delivered an Outstanding Contribution to SETI through Research Leading to Innovation.

 
 

South Africa and European Union celebrate successful Science and Technology partnership
19 November 2013
The Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Michael Masutha, will address an event at the University of Cape Town on Thursday, 21 November 2013, to showcase projects funded through a science and technology (S&T) partnership between South Africa and the European Union (EU).

 
 

Upcoming UCT event and interview opportunity
14 November 2013

 

UCT expert highlights health risks of the chiskophaircut
13 November 2013
Professor Nonhlanhla Khumalo, Head of Dermatology at the University of Cape Town, says public education on adequate sterilisation of barber equipment between haircuts should not be delayed.

 

UCT interview opportunities
7 November 2013

 

Patch-clamping apparatus helps UCT researchers 'listen in' on brain's communication
4 November 2013
A patch-clamping apparatus, donated to the University of Cape Town by UCT alumnus and leading neuroscientist Professor Henry Markram, will enable researchers to 'listen in' on the brain's electrical communications.

 
 

Upcoming UCT event
31 October 2013
Understanding and Preventing Violence in Africa Symposium

 
 
 

Structural biology in everyday life: UCT prof breaks it down
30 October 2013
Professor Trevor Sewell at the University of Cape Town will present his inaugural lecture, "A journey into inner Space: A view of biology from the atomic perspective" on Wednesday, 30 October 2013.

 

Upcoming UCT interview opportunities
24 October 2013

 
 
 

UCT, Brown collaborate to train new cadre of HIV social scientists
23 October 2013
R18.6m project to bring interdisciplinary aspect to HIV response

 

Progressive Youth Alliance (PYA) protest
21 October 2013
Please cite Gerda Kruger, Executive Director: Communication and Marketing, University of Cape Town

 

UCT researcher develops new MRI technology to help fight cardiovascular disease
October 2013
Biomedical engineering offers fast, non-invasive techniques for diagnosis and treatment

 

UCT welcomes input on admissions policy and outsourcing
16 October 2013
Please cite Gerda Kruger, Executive Director: Communication and Marketing, University of Cape Town

 
 

Upcoming UCT interview opportunities and events
10 October 2013

 
 

Upcoming UCT interview opportunities and events
8 October 2013

 
 

Work-family balance: UCT professor to debunk the myths
8 October 2013
Professor Jeffrey Bagraim from the School of Management Studies at the University of Cape Town will debunk some of these myths during his inaugural lecture on Wednesday, 9 October 2013, at 17h30 at Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus.

Third quarter

 

Accreditation to Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at UCT
30 September 2013
Pan-Africanism and the African Renaissance.

 

Dlamini-Zuma to speak on African Renaissance at Steve Biko Memorial Lecture at UCT
23 September 2013

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for this week
23 September 2013

 

UCT investigating "UCT Exposed" blog and allegations
16 September 2013
The University of Cape Town is investigating allegations that have been presented against a student, naming this student as the author of the "UCT Exposed" blog.

 
 

Upcoming UCT interview opportunities and events
13 September 2013

 

UCT rises nine places in QS World University Rankings
9 September 2013
The University of Cape Town has achieved its highest ranking so far in the annual Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings, due to be released on 10 September 2013.

 
 

Upcoming UCT interview opportunities and events
5 September 2013

 
 

NRF honours UCT champion of transformation in science
4 September 2013
Associate Professor Maano Ramutsindela's efforts to transform science in South Africa earned him the 2012/2013 National Research Foundation (NRF) Special Category Award for Transformation of the Science Cohort on 27 August 2013.

 
 

Award-winning UCT professor to speak on research's preparation for the future
3 September 2013
UCT 2012 Research Report Launch, 10 September 2013, 17h30, Smuts Hall, Upper Campus.

 
 
 

Engineering conference to seek better ways of building disaster-resistant structures
29 August 2013
UCT will confer honorary doctorate on MIT professor.

 

UCT to honour MIT professor
29 August 2013
Klaus-Jürgen Bathe to receive honorary degree on Sunday, 1 September 2013, 17h00, Leslie Social Sciences Building, LT 2A.

 
 

UCT, Western Cape government & civil society partner to prevent violence
28 August 2013
The University of Cape Town's Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI), in partnership with the Cape Higher Education Consortium and Western Cape Provincial Government, will hold a high-level symposium on understanding violence and how to design and implement effective violence prevention measures, which will include a special focus on the Western Cape.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for this week
26 August 2013

 

UCT maintains ranking on ARWU 2013
August 2013
The University of Cape Town has maintained its position as the top-ranked university in Africa, according to the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities (AWRU), released on 21 August 2013.

 

Cape teacher with heart for learners wins UCT excellence award
20 August 2013
The Stella Clark Teachers' Award for 2013 has been awarded to Edgemead High School Deputy Principal Noel Solomons.

 
 

Legacy of the Mine looks at scars mining left on SA landscape
13 August 2013
UCT Vice-Chancellor to speak at book and exhibition launch on 17 August 2013, 11h00, at Irma Stern Museum, Cape Town.

 

Women's Day is cause for mourning, says UCT
8 August 2013
University to lower flag, black out website in protest against violent attacks on women and children.

 

DNA reveals risk factors associated with sports injuries
7 August 2013
Understanding biological mechanisms of sports medicine.

 

UCT to pay tribute to Pius Langa
6 August 2013
Wednesday, 7 August 2013, 13:00, Lecture Theatre 3, Kramer Law Building, Middle Campus.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for the coming week
6 August 2013

 
 

UCT launches Financial Aid campaign to help youngsters realise their dreams
2 August 2013
High school learners and potential students have a month and a half left to apply for the 2014 undergraduate student intake at the University of Cape Town.

 
 

Why does imperial power still have such muscle?
31 July 2013
Renowned scholar Professor Partha Chatterjee will explain why the old colonial empires are not as dead as one might think.

 

UCT mourns death of performing arts student
31 July 2013
The University of Cape Town confirms that Ms Rosa Carlyle-Mitchell, who died off campus on Sunday (28 July 2013), was a student at UCT. The UCT community is deeply saddened by this tragedy.

 

UCT mourns death of student
29 July 2013

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for the coming week
22 July 2013

 

Award-winning journalist rebrands historical UCT newspaper
22 July 2013
The University of Cape Town's signature bi-weekly internal newspaper, the Monday Paper, will soon be wearing a fresh coat.

 
 

"Universities, the market and academic freedom" under the spotlight at UCT
16 July 2013
TB Davie Memorial Lecture, 13h00, 25 July 2013, at Leslie Social Science Building, Upper Campus

 
 

The first antimalarial compound to be researched on African soil was named Project of the Year for 2012 by Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV)
12 July 2013

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities
4 July 2013

 
 

UCT medical historian awarded global AIDS research grant
4 July 2013
Dr Rebecca Hodes presents research on HIV treatment for teenagers to international audience in Malaysia

 
 

UCT's efforts to transform actuarial profession add up
4 July 2013
University wins Association of Black SA Actuarial Professionals University Award

 
 

UCT to host Africa's first urban and youth language conference
1 July 2013

 
 

President Zuma honours UCT wastewater expert
1 July 2013
Professor George Ekama, a widely published wastewater expert at the University of Cape Town, as well as the late Professor Neville Alexander, renowned linguist, academic and anti-apartheid activist, and two UCT alumni were awarded National Orders, the highest recognition in South Africa, on Saturday, 27 April, in Pretoria.

 

UCT and Yale choirs team up for historic performance
July 2013

 

UCT considering options regarding collusion in construction sector
July 2013

Second quarter

 
 

Welcome by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Dr Max Price, to the President of the United States of America, President Barack Obama
30 June 2013

 

UCT 'Speaker Corner' available to protester
30 June 2013

 

Baxter's hit play Mies Juliecomes home after international success
27 June 2013
The Baxter Theatre Centre's hit play Mies Julie, written and directed by Yael Farber, has come home from a record-breaking international tour to sell-out performances on its home turf.

 

Response to Die Burger questions on UCT Financial Aid
27 June 2013

 

UCT interview opportunities
19 June 2013

 

UCT PhD research leads to Google job
19 June 2013
A University of Cape Town PhD graduate's ground-breaking technology solution is not only changing the lives of many skilled workers who could not find employment, it has also landed her a job with Google in Africa.

 

UCT part of new TB trial that will shorten duration of treatment
18 June 2013
A clinical trial has been developed that will identify new tuberculosis (TB) treatment regimens which will significantly shorten the duration of treatment from six to three months.

 

UCT research affirms benefits of walking to promote health
18 June 2013
In his thesis titled Steps that count!The use of pedometry for physical activity and health promotion in South Africa (SA), the University of Cape Town PhD graduate Julian Pillay investigates how walking can promote good health in the working adult population of SA.

 

UCT research has important implications for HIV intervention in Southern Africa
13 June 2013
Nompumelelo Precious Zungu, one of 83 PhD students who graduated from the University of Cape Town last week, explores the meaning of AIDS and risk among Xhosa men in two Cape Town townships.

 

African American Studies expert to speak at UCT on affirmative action debate changes in US
12 June 2013

 

UCT regrets death of student
12 June 2013
The University of Cape Town can confirm that a male student sadly passed away on Tuesday, 11 June 2013, from natural causes.

 

UCT PhD graduate finds ways to save birds from power line collisions
11 June 2013
More than 40% of SA's Ludwig's Bustard population may die annually on power infrastructure.

 
 

UCT research on managing pain in HIV/AIDS sufferers is global first
11 June 2013
University of Cape Town researcher Dr Romy Parker is the first person in the world to conduct research that explores methods to manage pain in people living with HIV using a non-pharmacological approach.

 

The facts about Mr Joseph Khohlokoane's debt at UCT
7 June 2013
The University of Cape Town has noted multiple inaccuracies in the reports on a graduand's study debt.

 

Mr Joseph Khohlokoane graduates from UCT
7 June 2013
The University of Cape Town confirms that Mr Joseph Khohlokoane graduated today.

 

New UCT research explores land and agricultural reform in SA
7 June 2013
University of Cape Town PhD qualifier Fani Ncapayi explores land and agricultural reform in the South African context.

 

Politics gets in way of effective government, finds UCT researcher
7 June 2013
Recent research by a doctoral student at the University of Cape Town has found that politics plays an integral role in the formation and delivery of government policy in developing countries.

 

UCT PhD research explores university student friendships
6 June 2013
Buhle Zuma, a PhD qualifier graduating at the University of Cape Town this week (6 and 7 June 2013), examines the various psychological and social factors, and complex processes that influence the formation of racially homogenous (or as he put it, "self-segregated") first-year university friendship groups.

 

UCT PhD research helps Eskom reduce power downtime
5 June 2013
Nadarajan Moodley, an electrical engineering doctoral student at the University of Cape Town, has devised a method to help power companies like Eskom to detect early signs of deterioration in power transformers, and thus prevent sudden failures and reduce the downtimes of the power stations.

 

Universe is expanding at ever-accelerating pace – UCT PhD graduate
5 June 2013
The universe is not merely expanding but is doing so at an ever-accelerating pace, according to University of Cape Town PhD graduate Obinna Umeh.

 

And the award goes to ...? Western Cape whiz kids at UCT Maths Competition prize-giving
5 June 2013

 

UCT research proposes new method for reviewing CCMA awards
4 June 2013
Research by a PhD student at the University of Cape Town has identified a possible test for reviewing arbitration awards by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA).

 

1,389 UCT students to graduate this week
4 June 2013
81 doctoral degrees to be awarded in recognition of research on leading health, economic, political and cultural issues, among others

 

UCT researcher develops index to improve sustainability
4 June 2013
Kirsty Carden's PhD research at the University of Cape Town focuses on creating an understanding of sustainability in a South African urban water context using a systems approach.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities during June graduation
30 May 2013

 

UCT to confer honorary doctorates on Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu
24 May 2013
The University of Cape Town will award honorary degrees to two South African icons, Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu, for their contribution to music and the role they played in the fight for democracy in the country.

 

Achebe-inspired debate will cap UCT's Africa Month celebrations
22 May 2013
The University of Cape Town will mark the end of its month-long programme commemorating Africa Day with an exhibition and panel discussion titled: The Big Debate: "Things Fall Apart?", inspired by the works of Nigerian novelist, poet, professor and critic, the late Chinua Achebe.

 

New report to help tackle crisis of low maths achievement in SA
21 May 2013
A University of Cape Town report explores the purpose and nature of mathematics learning during the early years and sets out a framework for delivery in preschools and homes.

 

UCT professor elected to US National Academy of Sciences
20 May 2013
University of Cape Town Professor William Bond has been elected as a foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) of the United States of America.

 

UCT celebrates the return of Emeritus Professor Cyril Karabus
17 May 2013
The University of Cape Town has welcomed the return of Emeritus Associate Professor Cyril Karabus to South Africa, after being held in the United Arab Emirates since last August.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for the week of 20 May 2013
16 May 2013

 
 

UCT authors on KAT-7 results available for expert comment and interviews
16 May 2013

 
 

UCT academics and developers to discuss challenges of urbanisation
15 May 2013
To address the challenges of urbanisation faced by South African cities, the WesCape developers have proposed a development of 200,000 houses for 800,000 people located between Atlantis and the City of Cape Town.

 

UCT interview opportunities
10 May 2013

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for the week of 13 May 2013
10 May 2013

 

UCT shines in World University Rankings by Subject
9 May 2013
The University of Cape Town has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world for eight of its subject areas, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject, released on Wednesday, 8 May 2013. UCT was ranked at 32 with regards to its Education and Training subject area.

 

UCT contacts for expert comment on the World Economic Forum
6 May 2013

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for the week of 6 May 2013
2 May 2013

 

UCT's annual Memorial Run aims to keep disadvantaged warm
26 April 2013
The Shoe Drop, an initiative to help Cape Town's disadvantaged communities to keep warm this winter, will form part of a 10km annual memorial race, hosted jointly by the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA) and the University of Cape Town on Sunday, 5 May, at 7am at UCT’s middle campus.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for the week of 28 April 2013
25 April 2013

 

UCT students shine as health professionals of the future
23 April 2013
A University of Cape Town medical student and a recent UCT graduate have together scooped the inaugural 2012 Emerging Public Health Practitioners award for innovative articles they have each written in the field of public health.

 

UCT to host international squash tournament to raise cancer awareness
22 April 2013
The University of Cape Town will host the Keith Grainger Memorial UCT Open Squash Championships from 28 April to 4 May 2013 at the Sports Centre on UCT's upper campus.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for week of 22 April 2013
18 April 2013

 
 

UCT records highest number of NRF-rated researchers in SA
18 April 2013
The University of Cape Town has significantly boosted the number of National Research Foundation (NRF) ratings it has received over the past few years, passing the 400 mark for the first time.

 
 

UCT academic wins international award for outstanding work on TB
16 April 2013
Professor Valerie Mizrahi, the director of the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) at the University of Cape Town, has been awarded the coveted Grand Prix Christophe Mérieux Prize by the Institute de France in Paris.

 

Over 7000 learners to converge on UCT for its popular annual mathematics competition
15 April 2013
A record number of learners from 164 schools will gather at the University of Cape Town for UCT's annual Mathematics competition on the evening of 17 April 2013 at 17h00.

 

UCT appoints leading academic to Van Zyl Slabbert Chair
15 April 2013
The Open Society Foundation for South Africa has provided an initial five-year grant to fund a series of Van Zyl Slabbert visiting professorships in the Political Studies and Sociology departments at the University of Cape Town between 2013 and 2018. The two departments fall within the Faculty of Humanities at UCT.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for week of 15 April 201
10 April 2013

 

UCT researchers contribute to key finding to help fight TB
8 April 2013
A team at the University of Cape Town has led research to pinpoint the transporter of vitamin B12 in Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacterium that causes tuberculosis (TB).

 

UCT statement on controversial Varsity article
5 April 2013
The University of Cape Town respects the right of all to express themselves, and the right of a student newspaper like Varsity (which has editorial independence) to print what it wants.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for week of 8 April 2013
4 April 2014

 

Vaccination systems are failing children in Africa, say UCT experts
3 April 2013
African children are still dying in large numbers as a result of failing vaccination systems for preventable disease in many regions, University of Cape Town experts have said in the latest issue of PLOS Medicine.

First quarter

 

African-savvy UCT students win coveted Pernod Ricard competition in Paris
28 March 2013
Three UCT students have won the hotly contested Pernod Ricard International Business Game for their digital marketing strategy. They tied for first place with a team from Russia.

 

Campaign for Safe Communities to be launched at UCT
25 March 2013
The Campaign for Safe Communities, a coalition seeking to address the high levels of violence and crime in South Africa, will be launched on Wednesday, 27 March 2013, at 18h00 at Jameson Hall at the University of Cape Town.

 

UCT participates in 'historical journey through land' to help mark anniversary of 1913 Land Ac
20 March 2013
Largest photographic exhibition on the land issue in South Africa will open on Monday, 26 March 2013, at 18h00 at Iziko SA National Gallery

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for week of 25 March 2013
20 March 2013

 

Disability Colloquium at UCT to focus on range of critical issues
20 March 2013
UN Special Rapporteur on Violence, Professor Rashida Manjoo, to deliver keynote address on 25 March at 14h00 in Francis Ames Room, Barnard Fuller Building, Health Sciences Campus, Anzio Road, UCT

 
 

UCT to host open lecture on SA's water challenges
18 March 2013
The Chief Executive Officer of the Water Research Commission, Dhesigen Naidoo, will speak on South Africa's water challenges - a cause for despair or an opportunity for leap-frogging?at a Pro Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture on Wednesday, 20 March 2013, at 18h00 in Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building.

 

SA's land issues to take centre stage at high-profile conference at UCT
18 March 2013
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti and social activist and businesswoman Dr Mamphela Ramphele will address the opening of the Land Divided conference on Sunday, 24 March, at 16h00 at the Leslie Social Sciences Building on Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town.

 

Water Week Expert list
13 March 2013

 

UCT's Little Theatre to close for roof repairs
8 March 2013
The University of Cape Town’s Little Theatre is to close for maintenance while the roof is being repaired.

 
 

UCT events and interview opportunities for week of 11 March 2013
8 March 2013

 

UCT students plan historic Argus Cycle Tour with buggy
8 March 2013
University of Cape Town first-year student and ability activist, Chaeli Mycroft, will take part in the Pick 'n Pay Argus Cycle Tour on Sunday – riding behind fellow UCT student Grant Kruger.

 
 

Oxford professor to speak on A Matter of Gravity – God, the Universe and Stephen Hawkingat UCT
7 March 2013
Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture to feature Professor John Lennox on Tuesday, 12 March 2013, at 17h45 at the Baxter Theatre, Rondebosch

 

Former presidential advisor Alan Hirsch appointed to pioneering position in the UCT's Commerce Faculty
1 March 2013
Professor Alan Hirsch, a former Chief Economist to the Presidency, has been appointed as the founding director of the newly-created Graduate School of Development Policy and Practice in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town.

 
 
 

UCT/Novartis collaboration helps African-based scientists tackle African diseases, starting with tuberculosis and malaria
28 February 2013
The University of Cape Town (UCT) and the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) are working together to bridge the gap between basic science and clinical research to advance innovative medicines that treat African patients.

 

UCT professor to tackle labour legislation in SA
26 February 2013
Professor Rochelle Le Roux to deliver inaugural lecture Employment: A dodo or simply living dangerously?

 

UCT to host wide-ranging colloquium on disability and social justice
21 February 2013
UN's Manjoo to address delegates at 25-27 March 2013 event

 

Thousands of UCT staff and students march against crime
20 February 2013
Several thousand students, academics, researchers and support staff joined forces during a march and rally at UCT on Wednesday to express their collective outrage at violent crime in South Africa.

 

UCT plans protest march to tell government: We Say Enough to violent crime
17 February 2013
Thousands of students, academics, researchers and support staff have been called to express their collective outrage at the crimes of violence perpetuated across the nation at a march and rally at the University of Cape Town on Wednesday, 20 February 2013, beginning from Middle Campus at 13h00. Participants are asked to wear white shirts or T-shirts. Academics will wear their gowns.

 

UCT to honour leading musicians, an engineering giant & cardiovascular scientist
14 February 2013
The University of Cape Town will award honorary degrees in 2013 to a range of experts chosen for their rich contributions to their respective areas of expertise and society as a whole. This year's honorands are: Derek Yellon: leading cardiovascular scientist; Caiphus Semenya and Letta Mbulu: South Africans with international reputations as musicians; Klaus-Jürgen Bathe: giant in the field of computational engineering mechanics; and Daniel Kunene: renowned literary figure and scholar in the fields of translation and critical appraisal of African orature.

 

Three UCT students shine at Pernod Ricard International Business Game
7 February 2013
Three University of Cape Town students have won the South African leg of the Pernod Ricard's International Business Game, a competition to create a digital marketing strategy.

 

UCT contacts for expert comment on the national budget
14 February 2013
The following UCT academics and experts will be available for comment during the lead-up to the annual national Budget speech by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, on Wednesday, 27 February, 2013, as well as afterwards.

 

UCT appoints new Dean of Health Sciences
12 February 2013
The University of Cape Town has appointed Professor Willem (Wim) de Villiers as the new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

 

Zombies, survivors, Mayans and alien invaders to storm the city as UCT students hit the streets for charity
6 February 2013
University of Cape Town (UCT) students will storm the streets of Cape Town on Thursday 7 February, for the sales of the 80th Edition of the university’s student run publication SAX Appeal.

 

Vice-Chancellor's Open Lecture to feature Professor Arthur Kleinman on Thursday, 7 February 2013, 18h00, Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building
31 January 2013
There is a need for serious discussion about caregiving and its place in health care and beyond, says leading Harvard Professor Arthur Kleinman. Professor Kleinman will be speaking at the University of Cape Town on Caregiving and Goodness: Their Broader Role in Society at the first ViceChancellor's Open Lecture of the year on Thursday, 7 February 2013, at 18h00 in Lecture Theatre 1, Kramer Law Building.

 

UCT researchers on epic journey of the Orange River
31 January2013
A trio of UCT researchers are on a two-month journey following the Orange River from Qacha's Nek to Alexander Bay. The researchers, who have embarked on the Senqu2Sea Expedition, are paddling an average of 40 kilometres a day often battling stormy weather and rapids.

 

UCT study to avert time bomb of unemployed youth
25 January 2013
Between 60% and 65% of young people in Sub-Saharan Africa (15 to 35 years) are unemployed or under-employed. Researchers from the University of Cape Town are conducting a study that they believe could help avert this potential time bomb.

 

UCT mourns death of renowned ornithologist, Professor Phil Hockey
24 January 2013
The University of Cape Town is mourning the death by cancer today of Professor Philip Hockey, the Director of the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at UCT and a leading authority on ornithology – the study of birds.

 

UCT scientist leads team that discovers a way to identify the gender of ancient bird species
23 January 2013
An international team of palaeontologists led by UCT's Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan has discovered a way to determine the sex of a 125 million year old bird species. Chinsamy-Turan conducted the study with Dr Luis Chiappe, Director of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's (NHM) Dinosaur Institute, USA; Dr Jesús Marugán-Lobón of Madrid's Universidad Autonóma, Cantoblanco; and Gao Chunling and Zhang Fengjiao of the Dalian Natural History Museum in China.

 

University of Cape Town & Stellenbosch University express concern on policing in Khayelitsha
22 January 2013
The University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University are deeply concerned about the disturbing levels of violence and insecurity in Khayelitsha, which has recently been highlighted by controversies surrounding policing, governance and vigilantism in this area. Consequently, the two universities are of the view that a commission of inquiry into policing and incidents of violence in Khayelitsha is essential.

 

International recognition for UCT's Dean of Commerce Prof Don Ross
21 January 2013
Dean of Commerce Professor Don Ross has been elected chair of the Executive Board of the International Network for Economic Methodology (INEM). This is the global disciplinary association of economic methodologists. Economic methodology is the study of how economics should be done and looks at how economists should incorporate findings from neighbouring disciplines such as psychology and biology.

 

UCT presents Spring Queen exhibition at District Six Museum
16 January 2013
The Centre for Curating the Archive, University of Cape Town will launch an exhibition of the annual Spring Queen Competition. The exhibition will showcase the on-going story of the Spring Queen which is now in its 31styear.

 
 

UCT Summer School for fang lovers and health fans
15 January 2013
Looking for something to sink your teeth into as the summer holiday winds down? How about a thrilling three-lecture course analysing "The Monsters We Deserve: Vampires in Selected Literature And Film"? Or a healthy look at the latest information on the genetic causes and prevention of sudden death in infants, young people and adults: "Sudden Cardiac Death: What Everyone Should Know". These are just two of the stimulating courses with spaces still available in the University of Cape Town's 63rdannual Summer School, from Monday, 21 January to Friday, 1 February 2013.

 

Australian heatwave could result in mass deaths of birds, say UCT, UP researchers
15 January 2013
As the heatwave in Australia continues, many birds may no longer be able to cope with the heat and large numbers could die as a result, warn researchers at the Universities of Cape Town and Pretoria. An international research team, led by researchers at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, are investigating how heatwaves affect the physiology and behaviour of birds.

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