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World's first centre to tackle more than 600 000 African fungal infection-related deaths set up by University of Aberdeen at the University of Cape Town
The world's first international research centre for tackling fungal infections which kill around 1.3 million people globally every year has been set up in South Africa by the University of Aberdeen in conjunction with the University of Cape Town.
20 Dec 2016
UCT to stage graduation ceremonies for Masters and doctoral students
Approximately 570 Masters and PhD students will be capped when the University of Cape Town (UCT) stages graduation ceremonies for postgraduates on Tuesday, 20 December 2016, in Jameson Hall.
19 Dec 2016
UCT study confirms decline in iconic conifer trees
A study by University of Cape Town (UCT) researchers has confirmed the decline in an iconic conifer, the Clanwilliam cedar (Widdringtonia cedarbergensis), which gives the name to the Cederberg Wilderness Area (CWA) in South Africa.
05 Dec 2016
UCT earns position on international expert advisory board to tackle drug resistant infections
The UK government has appointed an expert advisory board to advise how it can best spend an additional 50 million British pounds over the next 5 years to fund innovative initiatives to tackle drug resistant infections, which include resistance to antibiotics.
30 Nov 2016
UCT welcomes R10m funding from FirstRand
The University of Cape Town has welcomed a donation by FirstRand Bank of R10 million towards an emergency fund to cater for the unexpected additional costs of deferred examinations in January 2017. These costs would be prohibitive for poorer students.
29 Nov 2016
UCT events and interview opportunities
28 Nov 2016
Rise of the hired hitman: assassinations and democracy in SA
Researchers at the Centre for Criminology have studied targeted killings in South Africa over a 16-year period, and have revealed how consistent a feature
16 Nov 2016
International team discovers major supercluster of galaxies hidden by Milky Way
An international team of astronomers has discovered a previously unknown major concentration of galaxies in the constellation Vela, which they have dubbed the Vela supercluster.
16 Nov 2016
AXA awards first research chair in Africa to UCT
AXA Research Fund has awarded its first research chair in Africa to the University of Cape Town. The new chair, in African Climate Risk, will be held by Professor Mark New, director of the African Climate and Development Initiative (ACDI). Worth R20.65 million (
15 Nov 2016
New research brings hope of winning the TB battle
Scientists at the University of Cape Town are engaged in new research in the battle against tuberculosis (TB), which has overtaken HIV/AIDS as the leading cause of death from infectious disease. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), TB kills about 4 000 people a day.
15 Nov 2016
Wits, UCT to host symposium to honour Justice Moseneke
The University of Cape Town and the University of the Witwatersrand will host a joint symposium on 7 December 2016 at Smuts Hall (UCT) in honour of Justice Dikgang Moseneke, for the immense contribution that he has made to society.
15 Nov 2016
FAQs on UCT-student agreement
University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price and students from the SRC Candidates/Shackville TRC and other student formations have signed an agreement that will allow the institution to focus on completing final exams for the next 3 weeks, while laying the groundwork for ongoing engagement with protesting students via an Institutional Reconciliation and Transformation Commission (IRTC).
08 Nov 2016
UCT Rises to 112th in Global University Rankings
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has risen dramatically in the third annual 2017 Best Global Universities rankings.
28 Oct 2016
UCT welcomes additional R10 million funding by Absa
UCT welcomes the contribution of R10 million by financial services provider Absa to the university's scholarship programme, which will be channelled towards funding missing middle students - whose family income is above the R122 000pa National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) threshold but below R600 000.
28 Oct 2016
Researchers aim for the clouds: UCT and NWU launch first stage of big-data African Research Cloud
The Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) has taken a giant leap forward by becoming the first African institute to launch a cloud-based data centre. This marks the first step in a 3-year pilot project to establish the African Research Cloud (ARC) for data-intensive research.
26 Oct 2016
UCT confirms attack on private security staff
The University of Cape Town confirms that 2 private security guards were brutally attacked on upper campus on 19 October 2016.
20 Oct 2016
UCT's security level clarified
The University of Cape Town alerted the campus incorrectly this morning that several universities, including UCT, have been declared a level-3 security situation by the national commissioner of the South African Police Service, which, in effect, means that the Public Order Police are in command of the campus. We have now learnt that this is not correct.
17 Oct 2016
UCT Vice-Chancellor escorted into Bremner Building by SAPS
Listen to UCT's audio statement (by the executive director of communications, Gerda Kruger). http://www.news.uct.ac.za/images/userfiles/uct.ac.za/media-releases/2016/2016-10-14_UCT_VC_Bremner_assault.mp3
14 Oct 2016