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Key facts about University of Cape Town

Network member since 2013

UCT counts five Nobel Laureates among its alumni

25,000 students

Over 5400 professional and academic staff

UCT is in contact with about 110 000 alumni (of whom more than 90 000 reside in South Africa) through its Development and Alumni Department

More than 4 600 international students from more than 100 countries study at UCT. Over half of these hail from the Southern African Development Community (SADC)

University of Cape Town's Mission & Vision

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.

About University of Cape Town

The oldest teaching university in South Africa, the University of Cape Town (UCT) was founded in 1829 as the South African College. UCT was formally established as a university in 1918. The university moved to its spectacular Groote Schuur campus on Rhodes' Estate on the slopes of Devil's Peak in 1928. UCT has satellite campuses in Observatory, home to the Faculty of Health Sciences; the Gardens, in Cape Town, where the Hiddingh Campus for fine art, film and media, and drama studies is located; and the Breakwater Campus on the popular V&A Waterfront, the site for the Graduate School of Business.

UCT remains the highest-ranked African university in both the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities.


International Partnerships

The International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) negotiates international agreements and looks after the needs of international students.

UCT boasts a number of research and exchange agreements with leading universities in North America and Europe, and with the non-profit Council for International Education Exchange, which facilitates the exchange of students.

UCT is the base university in the University Science, Humanities and Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA) programme, set up in 1996 to promote collaboration between established African researchers and to build institutional and human capacity at eight Southern and East African universities. So far UCT has awarded 48 degrees through USHEPiA.


Notable Research Areas

In 2011 UCT was home to 31 A-rated researchers, considered world leaders by the South African National Research Foundation (NRF).

The university's 68 specialist research groups include nine research groupings funded by the Medical Research Council. UCT is also home to two national Centres of Excellence:

  • the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Catalysis (or *c Change)
  • the DST-NRF Centre of Excellence in Birds as Keys to Biodiversity at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute for African Ornithology