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Creating opportunity and building leadership

Addressing transformation at UCT takes various forms, including:

  • better access for learners from poorly resourced communities
  • student support on campus
  • diverse academic leadership.

These projects show what we value about being an inclusive and representative university community.


(Fundraising needs: staff and operational costs.)      

Many learners who attend schools in disadvantaged communities perform poorly in the matric examinations, with relatively few of them qualifying for tertiary studies. 100-Up aims to address this problem by targeting school learners from disadvantaged backgrounds and coaching them.

UCT launched 100-Up in 2010, with 5 Grade 10 learners selected from each of the 20 schools in Khayelitsha. Apart from the 100 learners who benefited from the programme over 3 years (Grades 10–12), an extended intervention (known as the Gill Net) was started. This aimed to make contact with all other Grade 12 learners in the township who could be eligible for study at UCT. All 184 learners in the extended group passed matric, with 93 of the 100-UP and 80 of the 84 Gill Net learners obtaining B-degree (university-acceptance level) passes. The remaining 11 learners obtained diploma level passes. Admission of students from Khayelitsha has doubled since the 100-Up project reached maturity.


(Fundraising needs: scholarships.)      

As a research-led university, UCT must constantly produce graduates with advanced degrees who can contribute to the growth and development of the country. In addition, it is crucial that we help candidates from other African countries, as well as refugee students.

Due to financial stress, many graduates seek employment as only a few are able to pursue advanced studies. The potential contribution that these innovative minds is therefore lost. UCT has a long tradition of policies and programmes which ensure that talented undergraduate students in need are given an opportunity to enter the university and succeed here. This includes financial assistance and a range of psycho-social programmes to ensure that our graduates are globally competitive, locally relevant and socially responsive individuals, who fully represent South Africa's diverse population.

Although UCT and the government commit considerable resources to funding postgraduates, the need is greater than we can currently meet. Your contribution will enable the university to create additional bursaries to fund worthy students in areas of strategic importance.

Enabling pathways

(Fundraising needs: staff and operational costs.)      

UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development (CHED) was established in 1999 to develop and provide enabling pathways for students, from school right through to the world of work. The importance of providing students with support between school and university is crucial as institutions around the globe wrestle with high drop-out rates.

CHED provides a holistic programme of services, many of which are faculty-located, based on the requirements of each academic discipline, while the overall management and coordination takes place within CHED.

Services include:

  • academic support and curricular development
  • connecting students with 'knowledge through technology'
  • building a critical consciousness among students as global citizens
  • career support.

Donor support would enable CHED to reach more students and also ensure the development of innovative and technologically advanced approaches in navigating the higher education curriculum.

Student Wellness Service

(Fundraising needs: staff.)      

Holistic student development is a key concern at UCT as the achievement of academic goals and a healthy lifestyle are  linked. The Student Wellness Service works to assist students with a health and wellness facility that has both medical practitioners and nurses.

Our aim is to develop this service into a more proactive programme of nutritional, physical, and mental health initiatives that promote a well-balanced approach to a demanding university schedule. Because of reduced government subsidies, the Student Wellness Service has had to cut staff and services in the face of ever-growing demands. Our hope is that donor partners will help us to develop a larger service that will provide access to students across the wide geographical spread of the university campuses and residences.