Our vision for UCT is to be an inclusive, engaged and research-intensive Afrikan university. UCT will inspire creativity through outstanding achievements in discovery and innovation. It will be celebrated for the quality of its learning and contribution to citizenship. We will enhance the lives of students and staff and will advance a more equitable and sustainable social order. We aspire to be a leader in the global higher education landscape. In support of this our massive transformative purpose is, that we are a global university in Afrika unleashing human potential to create a fair and just society.
We embrace our Afrikan identity.
We widen educational and social opportunities.
We enhance the lives of individuals and communities.
We build an equitable social order based on respect for human rights.
We advance the public good by teaching, generating knowledge and actively engaging with the key challenges facing our society.
Holistic, innovative, future-oriented education
that produces intellectuals
Research solving Afrika’s problems
that contributes to global knowledge
Thought leadership on social justice
Organisational ethos that supports new ways
of thinking, being and doing
Vision 2030 for UCT
Our dream is to draw from the extraordinary social and cultural diversity, creativity and capacity for innovation of all our staff and students to contribute to making the 21st century the Afrikan century.
attract students with exceptional potential from our country, our continent and our world
offer a transformative and socially engaged undergraduate and postgraduate education
provide both contact and digitally mediated education
expand its capacity to offer continuous education and micro-credentials
produce research that answers the complex problems of today and tomorrow
Teaching and Learning
We will work to unleash students’ potential through education to be resilient agents of change for themselves and in society.
offer innovative curricula at the cutting edge of disciplines and professions
offer a socially engaged curriculum
develop graduate attributes targeted at the self, the community and the world
provide a problem-based education that takes place both at the university and the workplace
We will work to unleash knowledge in and from Afrika to redefine and co-create a sustainable global future.
build on its globally recognised expertise in natural and social science disciplines, as well as in the humanities
attract top academics from South Africa, the rest of Afrika and the broader global community
intensify our global interface with other universities and research centres by leveraging our participation in international and Afrikan partnerships