71 home languages listed
124 countries represented on campus
7 579 students lived in UCT’s 39 catered or self-catering student residences.
21 693 students lived off campus.
Commerce 6 746
EBE 4 866
Health Sciences 5 093
Humanities 7 398
Law 1 303
Science 3 132
16 699 undergraduates
11 671 postgraduates
902 occasional students
5 630 new first-years
7 320 graduates
29 272 students registered:
23 671 South African students
2 834 SADC students
1 031 students from the rest of Africa
1 598 students from elsewhere in the world
15 668 female
13 584 male
4 928 permanent staff members
1 184 academic staff
5 assistant lecturers / junior research fellows
264 senior lecturers
359 associate professors
901 South African
3 744 professional, administrative support and service (PASS) staff
1 443 male
2 301 female
Rankings and ratings
UCT leads in Africa in all of the five major world university rankings:
UCT’s massive open online courses (MOOCs) drew 280 000 enrolments from more than 100 countries.
Memorial Hall, previously Jameson Memorial Hall, was renamed the Sarah Baartman Hall to lift her up as a potent symbol of the new campus community we are building.
Women at UCT
All four executive leaders of the academic enterprise at UCT are women, including the vice-chancellor and three deputy vice-chancellors, a rarity in higher education institutions around the world.
Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe was elected as the university’s sixth chancellor, becoming the second black woman to hold the position. She took over from Mrs Graça Machel, who served the institution from 1999 to 2019.
National Research Foundation
13% of the country’s National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scholars were at UCT.
30% of South Africa’s NRF A-rated researchers called UCT home.
25 km2 – The total size of the UCT campuses.
>1.2 million print volumes and an estimated 54 km of shelf space are available at UCT Libraries.
116 social responsiveness initiatives were in progress, covering development, education, employment, environment, gender, health, inequality and poverty.
Almost 40 different sports codes
The Graduate School of Business (GSB) Conference Centre was completed and achieved a 4-Star Green Star rating from
the Green Building Council of South Africa.
100+ student societies are active on campus, divided into five categories: academic, national/cultural, faith, special interest and political.
15 young academics were part of UCT’s Future Leaders programme, which is aimed at retaining the best talent at UCT and on the continent, and to training the next generation of academic leaders.
*Figures correct at the time of publication
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