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Battling a pandemic: an African perspective
African countries are facing massive challenges in their response to the COVID-19 pandemic as compared to their counterparts over the world, hence new strategies that consider the context of the region and its unique problems are needed.
29 Sep 2020
UCT launches milestone Khoi and San Centre
The University of Cape Town (UCT) recently launched the Khoi and San Centre , which will foreground erased or marginalised indigenous knowledge, rituals, language and “ways of knowing” of the San and Khoi clans across the university and its communities. Many of their descendants still live in communities across the Cape Flats – and many are students, staff and graduates of the university.
28 Sep 2020
Invite: Aligning internal data capabilities with external research partnerships
A new data policy in the City of Cape Town in 2016 led to a productive cooperation between the City and academic researchers – including researchers from The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab Africa (JPAL-Africa) based at the University of Cape Town (UCT) – to create systematic data access.
28 Sep 2020
VC and Mastercard scholars do the #JerusalemaDanceChallenge
Each year, University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng goes on a hike with the UCT Mastercard Foundation Program scholars.
24 Sep 2020
Many students lack adequate resources for remote learning, study reveals
To save the academic year, tertiary education institutions in South Africa moved lectures online. While virtual classes on personal tablets may have become the global norm, many South African students lack access to the internet, and may rely on shared devices off which to learn.
23 Sep 2020
UCT open online courses once again in the top 200 of all time
Five University of Cape Town (UCT) massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been included on the 2020 Class Central's Best Online Courses of All Time list. This list is based on more than 125 000 learner reviews globally. MOOCs provide an opportunity for UCT’s academics and researchers to share their knowledge with a global audience while allowing the university to showcase its array of intellectual and teaching resources.
23 Sep 2020
UCT medical students keep elderly citizens company during lockdown
A group of medical students from the University of Cape Town are keeping elderly citizens company during the national lockdown – from a safe distance. The initiative is known as Adopt a Granny/Grandpa and is the work of the student-led UCT Surgical Society, in partnership with social housing provider Communicare.
22 Sep 2020
UCT hosts webinar on decolonialisation and decoloniality
As part of its transformation efforts, the University of Cape Town will host a webinar to explore decolonialisation and decoloniality on Tuesday, 21 September 2020, at 10h00.
21 Sep 2020
Infrared system’s early warning for diseased livestock
Like humans, animals are threatened by deadly pandemics that spread quickly and, in the case of commercial livestock, decimate herds and flocks. But an inexpensive early warning diagnostic tool developed by the University of Cape Town’s Professor Amit Mishra and start-up company 3DIMO holds hope for small- and medium-scale livestock farmers, many of whom are black women.
21 Sep 2020
UCT awaiting revised level one guidelines on return to campus
The University of Cape Town has noted the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa on a change to lockdown alert Level 1 effective from midnight on 20 September.
18 Sep 2020
Redressing past injustices through art
Reshaping the University of Cape Town’s art collection and transforming it into a resource for researchers, curators and students is what UCT’s Works of Art Committee aims to achieve. The committee plays a critical role in redressing some of the past’s injustices through its commitment to purchase artwork by both prominent and emerging artists in South Africa.
15 Sep 2020
UCT and provincial health department sign bilateral agreement
The University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences and the Western Cape Department of Health recently signed a bilateral agreement for training and collaboration.
14 Sep 2020
Cambridge University vice-chancellor to give open lecture on role of universities on world’s most pressing challenges
As creators, curators and communicators of knowledge, universities have an indispensable role in tackling some of the planet’s most pressing challenges – from the consequences of climate change to the scourge of infectious disease.
14 Sep 2020
UCT to be a net-zero-water campus by 2050
The University of Cape Town is committed to sustainable water management with a view of becoming a net-zero-water campus by 2050. The UCT Sustainable Water Management Strategy is evidence of this commitment and supports UCT’s Vision 2030, which has a key focus on sustainability.
11 Sep 2020
UCT mourns the passing of Advocate George Bizos
The University of Cape Town mourns the passing of distinguished human rights lawyer, liberation struggle veteran and honorary doctorate recipient Advocate George Bizos.
10 Sep 2020
UCT cyber analysts uncover campaign to promote xenophobia on Twitter
There is a coordinated attempt to manipulate conversations with a xenophobic tone on South African social media platforms, analysts from the Centre for Analytics and Behavioural Change at the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business have found.
09 Sep 2020
UCT student residence first in SA to get Green Star rating
With its water and energy savings and full suite of disability features, the University of Cape Town’s new 500-bed Avenue Road Residence is the first South African student housing development to be awarded a Green Star rating from the Green Building Council South Africa. The project achieved a four-star rating.
03 Sep 2020
Study explains global plant biodiversity patterns in Cape Floristic Region
What explains global patterns of plant biodiversity – environmental history or ecology? A new study, involving University of Cape Town researchers, argues that biome ( an area of the planet that can be classified according to the plants and animals that live in it ) stability is the strongest predictor of biodiversity. Areas that are brimming with species diversity are so because they have been ecologically stable for long periods of time, allowing evolution to forge ahead undisturbed.
03 Sep 2020