Welcome to the University of Cape Town News
09 November 2010
UCT's research profile
Twenty seven Chairs awarded through
the Department of Science and Technology
(DST) and the National Research Foundation
(NRF) South African Research Chairs
Two DST/NRF Centres of Excellence: Birds
as Key to Biodiversity Conservation, at the
Percy FitzPatrick Institute, and the Centre of
Excellence in Catalysis, c*change.
One DST Competence Centre in Hydrogen
UCT has five research Signature Themes:
African Centre for Cities, Brain and Behaviour
Initiative, Drug Discovery, Marine Research
Institute, and Minerals to Metals.
62 research groupings recognised by UCT.
Formal strategic partnerships with: Human
Sciences Research Council, South African
Astronomical Observatory, Mintek and the
Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.
New focus areas in 2009: The establishment
of the African Climate and Development
2009 research highlights
Total research income: R771.3 million
(research contracts: R519 million; private
sector grants and donations: R50.1 million;
government-related grants: R157.7 million;
internal grants: R44.6 million).
322 NRF rated researchers at UCT.
Funding from the NRF as at the end of
2009: R189 million.
Funding from the Medical Research Council
(MRC): R13.5 million.
Publication count submission to the Department
of Higher Education and Training:
1086.15 units (for output published in 2008).
International rankings: Number 107 in
the Times Higher Education Thomson Reuters World University Rankings 2010.
In the top 200 to 300 group of the Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities 2010.
Doctoral candidates capped: 186.
Funding to postgraduate students (honours,
master's and doctoral): R97 million, through
3 659 awards to 2 052 students. Sources
of funding: NRF (R26.1 million); MRC
(R830 000); investments (R4 million); donations
(R14.2 million); departmental scholarships
(R40.4 million); UCT (R11.6 million).
Funding to Postdoctoral Research Fellows:
R28 million, through 284 fellowships to 189