Milestones and highlights from 2013 - May

09 December 2013

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  • QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks UCT among the top 100 universities in the world for eight of its subject areas: 32nd for the Education and Training category. The other categories are Earth and Marine Sciences, Politics, Psychology, Law and Legal Studies, History and Archaeology, Geography, and English Language and Literature.
  • Africa's first Butterfly Atlas is launched under the auspices of the Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment, a partnership between UCT's Animal Demography Unit, the South African National Biodiversity Institute, and the Lepidopterists' Society of Africa. It offers a complete database of butterfly distributions in Southern Africa, including Swaziland and Lesotho.
  • The refurbished JW Jagger Reading Room is opened, housing the entire Special Collections Section under one roof. This marks the 60th birthday of the Special Collections Section.
  • Alumnus Dr Richard Armstrong is first author of a scientific paper based on observations performed with South Africa's new KAT-7 radio telescope and published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomy Society. He is a Square Kilometre Array (SKA) SA Fellow at UCT.
  • William Bond, the Harry Bolus Professor of Botany in the Department of Biological Sciences, is elected as a foreign associate of the 150-year-old US National Academy of Sciences.
  • Africa Month is celebrated, giving expression to the university's Afropolitan vision. This year commemorates the 50th anniversary of African Unity (in the form of the Organisation of African Unity, and its successor, the African Union).

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