UCT research makes a difference. We are committed to solving Africa’s problems and using international partnerships to impact the global research agenda.
UCT’s research is centred on and grounded in Africa. Our researchers have networks across Africa that offer opportunities for international collaboration.
UCT has a robust network of partnerships across the globe. This strengthens the global knowledge project through the inclusion of African intellect and expertise.
People and places
UCT’s position at the tip of Africa – under southern skies and where three oceans meet – gives our researchers and partners access to extraordinary research opportunities.
Some of our partnerships
Tackling climate change
The Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project works in nine sub-Saharan African cities to make them more resilient to climate change. The collaboration involves over 20 organisations including universities, consultants, civil society and municipalities.
Shaping global issues
UCT Vice-Chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng attended the inaugural U7+ Alliance Summit in 2019 in Paris. She joined university leaders from 18 countries to formalise and vote on a series of founding principles and to commit to associated concrete actions to tackle global issues.
Developing local talent
As a partner to the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program, UCT provides 338 scholarships over 10 years to economically disadvantaged young people from sub-Saharan Africa to study at UCT.
Southern skies and oceans
UCT’s position at the tip of Africa – under southern skies and where southern oceans meet – gives our researchers and partners access to extraordinary research opportunities. This includes research at the Square Kilometre Array and on board the polar research vessel SA Agulhas II.
African research impact
The ARUA African Centre of Excellence for Inequality Research, led by UCT with the universities of Ghana and Nairobi, is building capacity for frontier data scholarship to reduce inequality. Collaborations like this ensure Africa is included in international measurements of progress, such as the Sustainable Development Goals.