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UCT to host the World University Debating Championships
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host the largest student-run event globally, the World University Debating Championships. From 27 December 2018 to 4 January 2019 debating students from Malaysia, Germany, Mexico, Nigeria and the United States, among 45 others will descend on the city in hopes of becoming world champions.
20 Dec 2018
UCT student overcomes odds to be the first post-doctoral graduate in her department
Tafadzwa Mushonga will be the first PhD graduate from the Centre for Environmental Humanities South (CEHS) when she graduates on 14 December at the University of Cape Town (UCT). But her path towards graduation has involved major setbacks. A big blow came early in her academic career when she suffered the loss of her role model, her father. His death in 2006 was followed five years later by the loss of her mother.
13 Dec 2018
UCT to host VC robing ceremony and announce Memorial Hall renaming
The University of Cape Town will host a media briefing during which the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, will make a historic announcement on the renaming of the Memorial Hall.
12 Dec 2018
UCT ceremonies to take graduands tally to over 7000
Approximately 1885 students - including 118 Doctoral and 780 Master's graduands - are scheduled to graduate during the ceremonies to be held in the Memorial Hall at the University of Cape Town from 13-14 December. This will take the total number of students who graduated at UCT this year to over 7000.
12 Dec 2018
Gugulethu-born UCT graduand uses education to rise above challenges
Sonwabo Ngcelwane will receive his master's degree in Sociology from the University of Cape Town (UCT), with distinction, this week. It is his third degree and fifth tertiary qualification. From a young age, Ngcelwane has seen education as the key to rising above one's circumstances - no matter how challenging. Whenever he has faced obstacles, throwing himself into his studies has helped him gain perspective and maintain an even keel.
12 Dec 2018
A painful family tragedy produces a master's degree for UCT graduand
An unspeakable family tragedy has yielded a master's degree for University of Cape Town (UCT) student Mabuyi Mhlanga after her young daughter was killed instantly after being hit by a car while crossing the road two years ago in Durban. Mhlanga then decided to seek answers and healing by throwing herself into a master's degree related to road safety around schools.
11 Dec 2018
Young UCT scientist joins top fellowship to advance TB research
Emerging scientist from the University of Cape Town (UCT), Mandy Mason, is one of five scientists to be selected from around Africa among the first cohort of the prestigious Crick African Network (CAN) fellows. The scientist is looking forward to broadening her network and knowledge in the field of Tuberculosis (TB).
10 Dec 2018
UCT student receives L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Doctoral fellowship
University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate, Lerato Hlaka, received a PhD fellowship at the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science programme ceremony in Nairobi, Kenya last night, 6 December 2018.
07 Dec 2018
Global academic collaboration - a first for medical and health humanities in Africa
Medical humanities is a well-established field in the UK and USA but an emerging field on the African continent. The BMJ's Medical Humanities Journal will soon publish the first English-language special issue to deal exclusively with work on and about Medical and Health Humanities (MHH) in Africa. The Journal will showcase the work of new and established academics and practitioners working in the field in the December 2018 special issue and accompanying series of blogs and podcasts.
05 Dec 2018
Students with disabilities getting a helping hand in their studies
The Disability Service at the University of Cape Town (UCT) is playing a critical role in enabling students with disabilities cope with their studies, thanks to funding from the FirstRand Foundation (Tshikululu Social Investments).
05 Dec 2018
UCT academic only African representative at World Economic Forum Global Health Council
Associate Professor and director of the Health Economics Unit at the University of Cape Town (UCT) John Ataguba has been selected to the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Future Council on Health and Healthcare.
04 Dec 2018
Meet UCT's first Chief Operating Officer
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has appointed its first Chief Operating Officer (COO), Dr Reno Morar, who is currently dividing his time between the new position and his job as deputy dean for Health Services in the Faculty of Health Sciences, until he takes on the COO position exclusively in February 2019.
30 Nov 2018
Newly qualified teachers get support from UCT
In 2014 about 14 000 South African teachers left the profession. With the attrition rate so severe, the country is forecast to have only 7% more teachers in 2025 than it had in 2013.
30 Nov 2018
UCT academic named among top women in mining globally
A University of Cape Town (UCT) associate professor is the only academic named among chief executives, directors and vice presidents of global companies in the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining 2018 publication.
27 Nov 2018
UCT student working with global company to develop unique performance enhancing drink for elite athletes
A University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD candidate Shaun Sutehall is working with elite athletes to develop Swiss company Maurten's new
22 Nov 2018
Night of stars as UCT staff honoured at inaugural awards ceremony
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20 Nov 2018
New programme to help reduce STI's in young women
According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, an estimated 1.6 million people aged 15 years and older worldwide were newly infected with HIV in 2017. South Africa has the largest HIV infections in the world, and adolescent girls and young women acquire HIV at twice the rate of their male peers.
20 Nov 2018
UCT aims to make IT appealing to female students
Information Technology (IT) is traditionally a male-dominated sector, but the University of Cape Town's (UCT) School of IT is working hard to make the sector more attractive to women. The stereotype that majoring in the field of IT involves little except coding all day has been one of the reasons cited that women find IT an unattractive choice. But this is not a local issue and certainly not an issue at UCT only.
19 Nov 2018