Figuring it out: (From left) Nkosumi Matyni, Methuli Mathimba, Xolisile Pato and Sibongiseni Mayeki, all in grade 12 at Masiyile Senior Secondary School, were among of the 6 000 students who attended this year's Open Day.
UCT's international reputation and its wide range of study programmes were cited as key attractions for thousands of high-school learners who flocked to the annual UCT Open Day on 17 April.
The grade 10 to 12 learners and their parents came from far and wide to view the exhibitions by faculties and departments, listen to the talks on the variety of programmes, and tour the university.
They were also afforded an opportunity to speak with representatives from different academic programmes and student services. By and large, it seems the mission was accomplished.
Shaun Raqa, a grade 12 learner from Manyano High School in Khayelitsha, had to take a break from playing soccer to focus on his studies, and says he will "definitely" come to study at UCT next year.
"I meet all the criteria for my preferred BCom degree, and I will no doubt be here come next year," he said, clutching application forms.
Wendy Green of Kuils River Technical High School noted that all the UCT alumni she knows enjoy successful careers. For her, that was a big drawcard.
Margo Coetzee of Buren High School said that besides the university's wide range of study options, she also loved the eye-catching buildings on the upper campus, adding that they make UCT the place to be.
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