Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Njabulo S Ndebele has indicated that UCT will seek to strengthen its links with the developing world in response to global economic needs.
He expressed this view at the February PASS forum, an information meeting for staff in pay classes 10 and above.
Ndebele, who recently attended the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland, was giving feedback on what he thought UCT's priorities should be in the coming months.
He said the Davos meeting had highlighted the issue around China and India's burgeoning need for resources, including human capital.
He said he believed that UCT should revisit its vision and mission in the light of the global meeting at Davos and of President Thabo Mbeki's state of the nation address, which indicated that higher education had a pivotal role to play in economic development.
He saw the revisiting of the vision and mission as an "intense exercise", which should happen quickly in order to "capture the moment".
"I see an immense opportunity for UCT," he said. "From the international perspective, our primary responsibility is to our country and our continent.">
Also reported at the PASS forum was that:
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