University of Cape Town (UCT)

Introduction

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions.

Mission

UCT aspires to become a premier academic meeting point between South Africa, the rest of Africa and the world. Taking advantage of expanding global networks and our distinct vantage point in Africa, we are committed, through innovative research and scholarship, to grapple with the key issues of our natural and social worlds. We aim to produce graduates whose qualifications are internationally recognised and locally applicable, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. UCT will promote diversity and transformation within our institution and beyond, including growing the next generation of academics.

The University

UCT's success can be can be measured by the scope of study it offers and the calibre of its graduates.

The university has six faculties:

Commerce

Engineering & the Built Environment

Law

Health Sciences

Humanities

Science

The Graduate School of Business

All of the faculties are supported by UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development, which addresses students' teaching and learning needs.

Among its more than 100 000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon, and three Nobel laureates, Sir Aaron Klug, the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and JM Coetzee.

UCT also has more than 60 specialist research units that provide supervision for postgraduate work and is home to more than a quarter of South Africa's A-rated researchers - academics who are considered world leaders in their fields.