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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Violence to protect rhinos in southern Africa’s peace parks is the complete opposite to what the parks were envisaged to stand for. Shutterstock

Why southern Africa’s peace parks are sliding into war parks

There are very violent confrontations in southern Africa's peace parks. This is partly due to a violent history dating back to the apartheid era that has never been adequately addressed.
Massive bodies can send ripples through space time in the form of gravitational waves. NASA

Gravitational waves discovered: top scientists respond

The long awaited discovery of gravitational waves has sent ripples through the scientific world. Here top experts respond to the historic announcement.
South Africa is taking a tough stance against the practice of abducting and forcing young girls into marriage that’s still rife in some parts of the country. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Banning child and forced marriages is gaining traction in Africa

The reasons for the phenomenon of child marriage are complex and include the fact that in customary law, marriageable age was never reckoned as an actual number but depended on puberty.
The Western Cape in South Africa has mapped out a plan to help farmers cope with expected climate change threats to agriculture. Shutterstock

How one region is planning ahead to help farmers cope with climate change

South Africa's Western Cape is the first region in the country to put together a comprehensive plan to help farmers deal with changes in weather patterns brought on by climate change.
A typical community protest over the delivery of basic services in South Africa. A study shows protesters often resort to violence to attract attention. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Voices of the poor are missing from South Africa’s media

The advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 is often hailed as peaceful and smooth. But, there are lingering problems. Dissent over unmet expectations has resulted in an increase in protests.
Prospective students rush the gates of the University of Johannesburg during a deadly 2012 stampede. Are South Africa’s universities ready for the latest crop of matriculants? Adrian De Kock/EPA

South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

South Africa's matric results and data from national benchmarking tests suggest that many school leavers aren't ready for university. It's also worth asking: are universities ready for them?
Migrant entrepreneurs in South Africa face constant security threats and enjoy minimal protection from the police. Thom Pierce

How migrant entrepreneurs are a force for good in South Africa

Contrary to the view that all migrants take jobs from South Africans, research shows that migrant entrepreneurs generate employment for local citizens.
A nurse weighs a baby at a clinic in Johannesburg. South Africa has released its policy document to implement its universal health coverage plan. Reuters/Antony Kaminju

South Africa needs to spend more on healthcare to achieve universal cover

South Africa's plan for universal health coverage has taken another crucial step with the introduction of a new policy document aimed at delivering more equitable healthcare.

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