University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town is a research-led public university with an enrolment of 28,000 students from over 100 countries. The site of the first heart transplant, it is ranked number one in Africa and is ranked 156 in the world according to the Times Higher Education QS rankings.

It has a tradition and reputation for excellence in research across all its six faculties with the highest concentration of researchers recognised as international leaders in their fields of any institution in South Africa.

By making use of collaborative instruments, UCT has been able to successfully leverage an increased number of external grants as well as bursaries for postgraduate students and for postdoctoral fellows. These instruments are:

  • the South African Research Chairs Initiative, managed by the Department of Science and Technology and the National Research Foundation
  • the University Research Institutes
  • the national Centres of Excellence and Competence Centres
  • the University Research Committee accredited research groupings
  • strategic partnerships with external research organisations.

By enhancing the focus of our research through these instruments, we aim to nurture the next generation of scholars and transform the current profile of active researchers.

The University’s mission is to be

“an outstanding teaching and research university, educating for life and addressing the challenges of our society”

It also aims to be a hub of expertise and knowledge production in and on Africa. UCT is already a highly sought after research partner and study destination, with international students currently making up 19% of its total enrolment, the majority of whom originate from other African countries.

It is also a preferred destination for students wishing to spend a semester studying abroad where UCT currently attracts an average of 900 semester study abroad students a year, the largest number for any institution in Africa. Researchers and students alike are attracted by the quality of UCT’s research reputation and academic programmes.