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Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in Cape Town, the University of Cape Town is a leading, research-intensive university in South Africa and on the continent, known for its academic excellence and pioneering scholarship. The university is home to a third of South Africa’s A-rated researchers (acknowledged by the Department of Science and Technology as international leaders in their field) and a fifth of the country’s national research chairs. UCT encourages students and staff to use their expertise to speed up social change and economic development across the country and continent, while pursuing the highest standards of excellence in academic knowledge and research: developing African solutions to African challenges that are also shared by developing nations around the world.

UCT, like the city of Cape Town, has a vibrant, cosmopolitan community drawn from all corners of South Africa. It also attracts students and staff from more than 100 countries in Africa and the rest of the world. The university has strong partnerships and networks with leading African and other international institutions - helping to enrich the academic, social and cultural diversity of the campus as well as to extend the reach of UCT’s academic work.

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Ageing populations, changes in diet, physical inactivity and smoking are some of he drivers of strokes and heart disease. Getty Images

New coalition plans to tackle Africa’s growing burden of stroke

A stroke often leads to the sudden onset of weakness involving the face, arm or leg, an inability to speak, difficulty walking or impaired vision. Strokes can cause death and irreversible disability.
Prevention and control measures like insecticide spraying have been hampered by lockdowns. Sia Kambou / AFP via Getty Images

COVID-19 might have reversed the war against a serious parasitic disease

Among the health conditions that might have faced a setback is leishmaniasis, a parasitic disease associated with poverty. It can cause devastating lifestyle changes, disability, and even death.
Manifestación contra la violencia policial en Colombia (Bogotá, 13 de septiembre de 2020). Shutterstock / danielr21n

¿Por qué vuelve la violencia a Colombia?

Los disturbios en Bogotá tras la muerte de un abogado por parte de la policía son señal de las importantes tensiones que vive el país. Y la respuesta del gobierno, más que apaciguar, parece estar caldeando el ambiente aún más.

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