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UCT leads, in Africa, in four of the five major world university rankings: Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds, Center for World University Rankings and US News Best Global 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.

Upcoming Events

2020 30 Sep 15:00 16:00

Sister Institute Seminar Series 14

Science talk: “Vaccination against tuberculosis: Old dog and new tricks” – Thomas Scriba, Professor and Deputy Director Immunology, SATVI, University of Cape Town.

Science culture talk: “Immunopaedia: Advancing global Immunology education” – Cheleka Mpande, PhD Candidate in Clinical Sciences and Immunology, SATVI  and Junior Communications Officer for Immunopaedia, University of Cape Town.

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2020 12 Oct 08:20 21 Oct 12:30

Life Cycle Assessment

To familiarise the student with the environmental assessment tool known as Life Cycle Assessment, some of its diverse uses, the ISO norms, the science behind some of its key impact categories (beyond carbon and water), its use to support decision-making in product systems, process systems or in policy-making. The course is spread over two sets of three half-days (13 - 15, 19 - 21 October), with 12 October for orientation.

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2020 15 Oct 09:00 16 Oct 12:00

Excel for Property Practitioners

This course is designed to expose participants to introductory financial mathematics, which are implemented within a spreadsheet environment (Excel) within a commercial property context.

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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.