UCT takes third computer science title

21 May 2007

UCT's flag flew high at the Standard Bank IT-Challenge last week. The university took first spot, beating out the University of the Western Cape, Stellenbosch University, the University of the Witwatersrand, the University of KwaZulu-Natal and the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

This was the third annual IT Challenge and the third time UCT won. (It was the same team that won the competition in its inaugural year.) Standard Bank says the contest is an opportunity to get to know the high flyers in the country's information technology faculties.

The UCT team solved all five problems, without errors and with 30 minutes to spare.

Computer science's Donald Cook said: "This was quite a surprise for the judges from the British Computer Society who had never seen such a faultless performance."

Stellenbosch came second, solving three problems.

The winners received Apple Mac Duo Laptops and the Department of Computer Science received R125 000. This goes into a fund to support students participating in competitions.

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