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UCT leads, in Africa, in all of the five major world university rankings: Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds, Center for World University Rankings, US News Best Global Universities and ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World 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

Morality, Ethics and the Study of Religion(s): Lost and Found Again

In this presentation, I introduce the project that I am leading in the study of religion, ethics and morality. I situate these questions in the history of the study of religions, arguing that ethics and morality were progressively removed from the major theories and definitions of religions. In particular, the major theories from Schleiermacher to Chidester did not put ethics and morality in the centre of their reflections. A recent revival in the study of ethics in anthropology has inherited an approach to ethics that vacillates between Kant and James.

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2020 11 Mar 18:00 20:00

Gilbert and Sullivan by Elizabeth Handley 11 March 2020

This presentation of light-hearted musical entertainment was prepared at the request of the President of the British and Commonwealth Association in Stockholm. W.S Gilbert – librettist – and Sir Arthur Sullivan – composer – were brought together by the visionary producer Richard D’Oyly Carte. He built the Savoy Theatre in which to stage their works in Victorian London in 1881. Together, between 1871 and 1896, they created around fourteen operettas, of which The Pirates of Penzance, HMS Pinafore and The Mikado are the best known.

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2020 23 Mar 09:00 27 Mar 11:00

Discreet Choice Modelling and Stated Choice Survey Design

This one-week course, run at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, will present a brief but systematic overview of choice modelling and survey design theory and practice. Taught by Professor Stephane Hess from the Choice Modelling Centre (CMC) at the University of Leeds and experts at the University of Cape Town, the course will consist of a mixture of lectures, computer practicals, and detailed case studies from within Africa and beyond.

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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.
2020 First Semester – isiXhosa Communication Skills Course Levels: Beginners and Intermediate