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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
New book looks at how the cities we live in shape what we eat
How do the cities we live in shape what we eat? This question is central to a new book, Tomatoes & Taxi Ranks: Running our Cities to Fill the Food Gap by Leonie Joubert with Jane Battersby and Vanessa Watson, published by the African Centre for Cities (ACC).
19 Nov 2018
UCT staff member learns to read and write at age 60
For her 60th birthday, Edna Dirks, who works at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Groote Schuur Residence, received the gift she had been wishing for - an opportunity to learn to read and write for the first time.
16 Nov 2018
UCT researcher concerned that South Africa's energy has been declared G20's dirtiest
The University of Cape Town's Energy Research Centre (ERC) is concerned that South Africa's electricity has been declared as the dirtiest out of all the G20 countries. This was revealed through the fourth annual Brown to Green Report, which was released on Wednesday, 14 November 2018.
15 Nov 2018
UCT boosts transformation in accounting
A six-year collaboration project involving the University of Cape Town (UCT) has resulted in two universities being accredited by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), boosting transformation in accounting.
14 Nov 2018
UCT remains top in Africa on the 2019 Best Global Universities rankings
The University of Cape Town (UCT) continues to skirt the top 100 in the 2019 US News Best Global Universities Rankings. The university is ranked 114th globally and first in Africa.
13 Nov 2018
Public lecture on how bio-bricks were made from urine
Dr Dyllon Randall, who is part of the team that created the world's first bio-brick made out of urine, will present a public lecture which will outline more about how the bio-brick was created.
13 Nov 2018
UCT condemns statement by student
The University of Cape Town Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, as she often does, congratulated a student for completing his honours degree and for applying to do his Master of Arts degree.
07 Nov 2018
Former political prisoner to graduate at UCT 49 years after his thesis was declined
Almost 50 years after submitting his Master of Laws (LLM) degree thesis and had it refused because it quoted a banned person, Professor Raymond Suttner - an academic and former political prisoner - will finally graduate at the University of Cape Town after the institution invited him to re-submit his previously banned thesis.
05 Nov 2018
UCT study reveals how long-necked dinosaurs became giants
New research by scientists at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has discovered a new pattern of growth in dinosaurs. Some of the iconic Mesozoic long-necked dinosaurs (officially known as the derived sauropodomorphs or sauropods) reached about 36 metres in length and weighed about 63 503 kg.
01 Nov 2018