University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a multicultural, multinational community of about 5 000 academic and professional, administrative support and service staff, and some 29 000 students who come from over 100 countries around the globe. Offering degrees from six faculties – Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Health Sciences, Humanities, Law and Science – UCT sees around 7 200 students graduate year on year.

UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and is currently the top-rated university in Africa and one of the top-rated universities in the world.

UCT’s vision is to be an inclusive, research-intensive African university that addresses the challenges of our time with cutting-edge teaching, research and facilities. As a university, UCT is committed to promoting transformation, to working tirelessly to guarantee the sustainability of our institution, and to ensuring excellence in all we do.

UCT continues to grow as an internationally connected and relevant institution, advancing the distinctiveness of our own African scholarship by attracting students and academics from all over the world to experience what the top university on the continent has to offer.

By making use of collaborative instruments, UCT has been able to successfully leverage an increased number of external grants as well as bursaries for both postgraduate students and 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 UCT research institutes
  • the South African 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 constant dedication to the academic project is the cornerstone of its work. UCT comprises a diverse community contributing to the institution, the people who belong to it and its future.