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UCT is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape.


News in Brief

Notice of the Convocation AGM 2020
Members of UCT Convocation are hereby notified that the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Convocation will be convened on a virtual online platform, at 17:00 on Wednesday, 9 December 2020. In order to facilitate online access to the 2020 AGM of the Convocation meeting, members will be required to register by no later than Wednesday, 18 November 2020. For additional information regarding the registration process along with instructions on the submission of any motions as well as nominations for President of Convocation: Read the full notice
Royston Pillay
27 October 2020




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 09 Dec 15:30 16:30

Sister Institute Seminar Series

Science Talk: “How to turn stress into a good thing? Lessons from studying the mitochondrial stress response” – Ying Liu, Principal Investigator

Science Talk: “Chromatin reprogramming in early mammalian development”– Wei Xie, Professor, HHMI International Research Scholar

The IDM, in partnership with Janelia, the research campus of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and six other leading research institutes around the world, are bringing you the Sister Institute Seminar Series. 

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2021 11 Jan 08:30 30 Jan 16:00

Summer School 2021

The University of Cape Town’s Summer School offers over ninety short courses across a range of disciplines. It includes introductory language courses as well as creative writing and practical art. Summer School 2021 will be delivered online, which means that participants can join this flagship programme from anywhere in the world.

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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.