COVID-19 updates

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News in Brief

To UCT students and staff

We are aware that messages are being posted on social media calling on all students and staff to register for vaccines and/or to arrive at vaccination centres (including GSH) to get the vaccine. This is fake news and please do not give any attention to it.

Please note that the National and Provincial authorities will invite residents to register for access to a vaccine – and registration is only open to those residents who are eligible according to the official announcements.

Please refrain from attempting to register or arriving at a vaccination centre unless you qualify as per the published criteria.
26 May 2021



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

2021 12 Jul 09:00 13 Jul 13:00

Analysing Spatial Data using R

We will look at how spatial data (vector, raster) can be manipulated using R. These techniques will be applied to analysing spatial inequality and electrification using night lights data.
Course Content:
- Loading and operations on spatial vector data (points, lines, polygons)
- Loading and operations on raster (grid) data
- Application using the DMSP-OLS night-time lights series

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