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Implications of closure for UCT
29 September 2016 | Story by Newsroom
The consequences of an extended shutdown at UCT will be far reaching and devastating – not just for individual students but for the nation as a whole.
Current students will not be able to progress from one academic year to the next, causing a blockage in the intake of new first-years.
Final-year students will not be able to graduate. This means that doctors, nurses, engineers, teachers and many other would-be professionals will not be able to start jobs, or help communities that are reliant on crucial services, for example the healthcare sector.
If postgraduate courses are unable to progress, and students can't complete their coursework, funding and bursaries will be wasted for the current year and may not be granted again.
Much of UCT's most important research – such as HIV, TB and malaria – is reliant on valuable research contracts. In a prolonged shutdown, research output would stop, resulting in contractual breach. Funders would have the right to demand refunds and could potentially restrict future funding.
In terms of attracting international students, a shutdown would adversely affect UCT's global reputation as a reliable provider of high-quality education.
2017's student-fee revenue would be delayed and would cause a cash-flow crisis, with outflow quickly outpacing inflow.
A revised budget would have to be compiled in order to deal with the shortfalls and a deficit budget could become a reality.