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Investment in ecological infrastructure can protect South Africa from droughts and floods
Scientists from a transdisciplinary research team that includes hydrologists, ecologists, climate scientists and livelihood experts are investigating how investments in ecological infrastructure protect society against hydroclimatic risks, including droughts and floods.
30 Apr 2019
UCT medical students launch innovative project to alleviate healthcare system challenge
A new initiative by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Surgical Society is offering students from across faculties the opportunity to join forces to help plot a new course for South Africa's healthcare system. As part of the initiative, students come up with innovative solutions to some of the deeply-entrenched systemic problems.
29 Apr 2019
South African universities must adopt new digital teaching approaches to be globally competitive - UCT study
New online and open access ways of teaching and learning are gaining momentum in South Africa, but the advances still apply only to a handful of institutions. This is according to a two-year study led by the University of Cape Town's Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT).
25 Apr 2019
UCT's unique Executive MBA ranked the best in Africa
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business's (GSB) Executive MBA (EMBA) programme has been named the best in Africa and rated in the top 50 worldwide in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Global EMBA Rankings.
25 Apr 2019
UCT becomes first African university to adopt global ethics code
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate has adopted the Global Code of Conduct for Research in Resource-Poor Settings (GCC). The GCC aims to counter
24 Apr 2019
UCT trio excel in global CEO corporate contest
A University of Cape Town radio jock, a Durban beach boy, and a hockey-cum-chess player may not be the obvious trio to take on a global corporate contest, but they did UCT and South Africa proud when they excelled at the recent Procter & Gamble (P&G) CEO Challenge.
23 Apr 2019
Common injectable contraceptives could increase risk of TB
A breakthrough study conducted by Professor Keertan Dheda and Dr Michele Tomasicchio, at the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Centre for Lung Infection and Immunity, has revealed that one of South Africa's most commonly-used injectable contraceptives could increase women's chances of contracting tuberculosis (TB).
16 Apr 2019
UCT's eResearch Africa conference on data science for development
In a research-intensive environment, data scientists contribute to real-world problems in public health, education, sustainable energy, climate change, economic development, and many other areas. The University of Cape Town's (UCT) eResearch is hosting its bi-annual conference at UCT from the 15 to 18 April 2019. The theme of this year's conference is data science for development and focuses on the work of data scientists in solving the world's so-called wicked problems.
16 Apr 2019
UCT student rises above dire poverty to graduate with academic excellence
When Ntebogang Segone graduates on the Dean's Merit List - in recognition of constant academic excellence - with a Bachelor of Science on 17 April he will dedicate his graduation to the woman who made his dream a reality.
15 Apr 2019
New online platform to save cash-strapped students money
A novel start-up that aims to save cash-strapped students money by connecting them to cheaper and suitable products and services is set to take the campus community by storm for its nifty and innovativeness.
12 Apr 2019
UCT student aims to use graduation to highlight discrimination against queer people
University of Cape Town (UCT) student Nigel Patel, who is well known for their activism across the city, will graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree on Friday, 12 April 2019 where they will also receive UCT's Blumberg Prize for service to the student community as well as working hard academically.
11 Apr 2019
Female students come out tops in civil engineering at UCT
University of Cape Town (UCT) women are making significant strides in civil engineering, where they account for six of the department's 11 first-class honours students. The students are part of the class of 2018 that will graduate on Friday, 12 April.
11 Apr 2019
Creative arts programme presented by internationally acclaimed artists at UCT
The University of Cape Town's (UCT) Institute for Creative Arts (ICA), in association with Pro Helvetia, will present a diverse and provocative programme of talks, films and performances by acclaimed artists and educators from Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, Palestine, Egypt and China. The programme runs until Thursday, 11 April at UCT's Hiddingh Campus.
10 Apr 2019
UCT to confer more than 5000 degrees at its autumn graduation
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will honour approximately 5124 students in 14 graduation ceremonies taking place from Wednesday, 10 April until Thursday, 18 April 2019. During the 14 ceremonies - expected to be attended by about 14 000 people - 70 doctoral degrees and 383 master's degrees will be conferred.
09 Apr 2019
Shark survivor graduates with drama degree at UCT
When a great white shark attacked bodysurfer Caleb Swanepoel at Buffelsbaai near Knysna in June 2015, he thought he was going to die. But a new script was being written for the drama and performance student who graduates on 16 April.
05 Apr 2019
South Africa's first deaf student to graduate with a Bachelor of Laws degree at UCT
Qobo Ningiza will be South Africa's first deaf Bachelor of Laws degree graduate when he is capped at a University of Cape Town (UCT) graduation ceremony next Friday, 12 April 2019.
04 Apr 2019
UCT leading scientists selected to be part of
Six University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists have been selected as FLAIR research fellows. The FLAIR (Future Leaders - African Independent Research) is a programme of The African Academy of Science (AAS) and Royal Society, with support from the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), designed to help talented early-career researchers, whose science is focused on the needs of the continent, establish independent careers in African institutions and ultimately, their own research groups. Up to 30 FLAIR fellowships will be awarded in 2019.
04 Apr 2019
Applications for admission to UCT in 2020 now open with new undergraduate closing date
The University of Cape Town (UCT) has opened applications for admission to study at the institution for various programmes for the 2020 academic year. Prospective students may apply online.
02 Apr 2019