University of Cape Town

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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A singular focus on divestment from oil and gas companies to counter climate change could be detrimental. Joe Brusky/Flickr

Divestment from fossil fuels should be linked with active engagement

The broad principle of companies, government bodies and universities divesting from oil, gas and coal companies is sound. But its application needs more sophistication.
Deputy chief justice Dikgang Moseneke, left, and. chief justice Mogoeng Mogoeng at a special session to mark Moseneke’s retirement. GCIS

South Africa marks the end of a remarkable judicial career

The retirement of Dikgang Moseneke, one of South Africa's eminent judges and the Constitutional Court's deputy chief justice, is a moment to reflect on the court's place in society and his legacy.
South Africa’s Constitutional Court embodies values of justice and transformation. How can law schools do the same? GCIS/Flickr

Law faculties must embrace difference to produce great graduates

For law faculties, the transformative vision embodied in South Africa's constitution provides a potent driver for change. So what does a transformed law faculty look like?
Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), greets supporters at the launch of the party’s local election manifesto in Soweto. EPA/Cornell Tukiri

Why Julius Malema’s EFF doesn’t offer South Africans a way out of poverty

Understandable anger about the excessive inequality in South Africa lies at the heart of the rise of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters. The problem is how the party wants to address these issues.
Movements of insectivorous species that migrate, like the cuckoo, may be influenced by the migration of prey insect groups. Shutterstock

Sights are set on understanding bird movements across Africa

Birds migrating to Africa are threatened by issues like habitat loss. Studying their movement patterns will show the challenges these species encounter on the continent.
Activists outside the European Commission show their disdain for existing measures against tax evasion and money laundering. REUTERS/Yves Herman

Africa needs to develop new ways of stemming illicit financial flows

In Africa, commercial activities are the largest component of illicit financial flows. This is followed by organised crime and then public sector corruption.
Demand is growing for statistical ecologists to research climate change. Rapidly growing mega-cities in Africa, like Lagos, face the highest risks. Reuters/Akintunde Akinleye

What’s on the to-do list for Africa’s statistical ecologists

Some of the most in-demand ecologists in Africa are specialists in statistics. But this is currently a scarce skill combination in Africa.
Des informations adaptées aux besoins des fermiers permettent de réduire leur vulnérabilité climatique. Lucia Scodanibbio

Les régions semi-arides face à la hausse des températures

De récents travaux menés en Inde et en Afrique montrent que pour s’adapter aux changements climatiques, il convient d’associer connaissances locales et dernières données scientifiques sur le climat.
In semi-arid areas, climate information that is tailored to farmers’ needs can reduce their vulnerability to climate change. Lucia Scodanibbio

Lessons from semi-arid regions on how to adapt to climate change

Building on local experience and having access to current and expected climate trends is crucial to adapting to climate change for farmers in semi-arid regions.

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