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Inspiring young scientist selected for international leadership initiative
A University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD student working in the field of drug discovery has been selected for the 2019 CAS Future Leaders Program, one of the most prestigious and fiercely contested leadership programmes in the world.
31 May 2019
Collaboration is key for research on the African continent
Researchers on the African continent are facing the kinds of struggles that become predictable in under-resourced institutions, an Africa Day Mini-Symposium held recently at the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM) at the University of Cape Town (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences heard. The symposium focused on the opportunities and challenges in capacity-development experienced by researchers on the continent.
31 May 2019
Birds prefer to live in luxury than in poor areas, study finds
A unique study of birdlife in South African cities has found that birds prefer wealthy areas to poorer ones but will move out if things get too cramped. The study was conducted by a team of scientists from the University of Turin, Italy and the Universities of Cape Town (UCT) and the Witwatersrand, South Africa. Their findings were published this week in the international journal of Global Change Biology.
31 May 2019
Immunity against infection extends beyond breastfeeding period - new study
Mothers can transfer life-long protection against infection to their infants by breastfeeding. This was the finding from new research in mice by an international team of scientists led by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
29 May 2019
Online platform launched to improve legal research in Africa
An online platform that is aimed at improving access to case law in Africa has been launched by the African Legal Information Institute (AfricanLII) and the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit (DGRU) at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The online research platform searches case law across 14 African jurisdictions and 250 000 cases, offering a machine learning generated summary and a graphical representation of the links between judgements.
29 May 2019
UCT granted first-of-its-kind full membership on global cybersecurity body
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) focus on cybersecurity has seen the institution being honoured as the first academic institution in Africa to be granted full membership of the Forum of Incident Response and Security Teams (FIRST), the recognised global leader in incident response.
28 May 2019
UCT spearheads new technologies for life-saving cancer treatment
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has acquired a portfolio of key life sciences patents to develop innovative treatments for human cancers.
27 May 2019
UCT adds indigenous Khoisan to its language courses
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will offer a short course on Khoekhoegowab, the indigenous Khoisan language, through its Centre for Extra-Mural Studies (EMS).
24 May 2019
A double international win for UCT archaeology professor
Professor Shadreck Chirikure, who heads the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Department of Archaeology, has become the first African to win the Antiquity journal of archaeology's Antiquity Prize twice. Professor Chirikure won the award for best paper of 2018.
23 May 2019
Afrophobia: Language used to discriminate against African immigrants
Research by University of Cape Town (UCT) lecturer Mr Ivan Katsere has found that language can be used to discriminate against African immigrants. His research into the
23 May 2019
UCT steps up efforts to foster multilingualism
In an evolving world, the ability to speak more than one language has become second nature. As part of the University of Cape Town's (UCT) New Language Policy, the institution offers an isiXhosa short course at no cost to staff and students after the government identified the need to promote different languages at South Africa's institutions of higher learning.
22 May 2019
UCT professor honoured with prestigious award by Emperor of Japan
University of Cape Town (UCT) applied mathematician and fisheries scientist Emeritus Professor Doug Butterworth has been awarded the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon by the Emperor of Japan for his contribution to the sustainable management of the country's fisheries.
21 May 2019
Penguins and their chicks' responses to local fish numbers informs marine conservation
How adult penguins fish and the body condition of their chicks are directly linked to local fish abundance, and could potentially inform fishery management, a new study has found. The researchers studied an endangered African penguin colony during a rare three-year closure of commercial fisheries around Robben Island, Cape Town, and their findings are published today in the Journal of Applied Ecology.
21 May 2019
UCT's business school wins a first of its kind prestigious global award
A customised executive education programme co-designed by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Graduate School of Business (GSB) and Standard Bank has won gold at the prestigious European Foundation for Management Development (EFMD) Global Excellence in Practice Awards (EiP) for its unique format and high-impact results.
20 May 2019
Rat poison now affects peri-urban wildlife in Cape Town - UCT study
Urban rat poisons are spilling over into Cape Town's natural environment, threatening species such as caracal, mongoose, otter and owl, a team of University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers in the Institute for Communities and Wildlife in Africa (iCWild) has discovered.
17 May 2019
Statement by Law Faculty in response to letter by
The Faculty of Law takes diversity and transformation seriously. As a result, significant efforts have been made not just to transform the outlook of the student and staff profiles, but also to change the cultural climate.
16 May 2019
Historic all-women leadership in charge of academic enterprise at UCT
The University of Cape Town (UCT)'s announcement of Professor Sue Harrison as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC): Research and Internationalisation means that, in what is a rare moment for higher education across the world, all four leaders in charge of the academic enterprise at the highest level of a university are female.
16 May 2019
UCT to engage with key Durban stakeholders to share transformation vision
University of Cape Town (UCT) Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Transformation, Professor Loretta Feris, will visit Durban as part of an ongoing engagement programme facilitated by the university's Development and Alumni Department.
14 May 2019