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Alarm sounded over self-spreading vaccine proposals
Virus vaccines for animals and humans that can spread on their own are being proposed in Europe and the U.S.
24 Jan 2022
UCT civil engineering professor selected as Research Chair in Smart Mobility - a first for South Africa
The CSIR, the DSI and the NRF have jointly established a Research Chair in Smart Mobility, the first of its kind in South Africa. Professor Marianne Vanderschuren, an expert in transport planning and engineering at UCT, was selected to lead the initiative.
19 Jan 2022
UCT Open Textbook Journeys provide access to locally relevant learning materials
Lecturers at UCT are adopting innovative pedagogical and content production approaches to provide students with more accessible and locally relevant learning materials.
17 Jan 2022
Small fire at UCT’s Upper Campus fully doused within two hours
The University of Cape Town (UCT) confirms that a small fire was reported above Upper Campus on a vacant field near the top dam late on Wednesday, 5 January 2022 and put out shortly thereafter.
06 Jan 2022
Courses to unleash the artist in you – UCT Summer School 2022
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Summer School 2022 offers a range of short courses for budding artists or poets. These courses require no prior experience but do have limited spaces so booking is essential.
05 Jan 2022
Origins of a COVID-19 vaccine or the future of robotic surgery – UCT Summer School 2022 has it all
How was the world able to get a COVID-19 vaccine in a few months when it usually takes a few years? At the University of Cape Town (UCT) Summer School, Dr Sean Elias, post-doctoral scientist and public engagement with research leader at the Jenner Institute, United Kingdom will share how the Oxford/Astra-Zeneca vaccine went from concept to licensure.
04 Jan 2022
UCT pays tribute to Archbishop Tutu
Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has, on behalf of the University of Cape Town (UCT), paid tribute to the late Emeritus Archbishop Desmond Tutu – “a fervent supporter of higher education.”
27 Dec 2021
Using the power of language and technology to open a window on economics
Translating over 1 000 economic terms into South Africa’s 11 official languages is at the heart of the EcoDoc app, recently launched within the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) School of Economics. The aim is to make it easier for economics students to understand terms and definitions in their home languages.
22 Dec 2021
MeerKAT discovers mystery clouds
An international team of astronomers led by Professor Gyula Józsa, Professor Michelle Cluver and Professor Thomas Jarrett from the Department of Astronomy at the University of Cape Town (UCT), has utilised the South African MeerKAT telescope to discover a mysterious chain of hydrogen gas clouds the size of a massive galaxy.
22 Dec 2021
Preliminary COVID-19 Vaccine Survey reveals four distinct groups of unvaccinated individuals
Preliminary results from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Southern Africa Labour Development Research Unit’s (SALDRU) first COVID-19 Vaccine Survey (COVACS), revealed that there are four distinct groups of unvaccinated individuals in South Africa.
21 Dec 2021
Research highlights rise of lawfare in SA and implications for judiciary
The rise of ‘lawfare’ in South Africa, or the judicialisation of politics, threatens not only the judiciary but democracy too. University of Cape Town (UCT) graduand Kate Dent’s PhD thesis explores the phenomenon, the legitimacy of courts to act in a political role – and the inherent dangers for the country when accountability is at large.
15 Dec 2021
UCT engineering graduate overcomes imposter syndrome and ill health
For Reitumetse Kholumo, achieving her degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cape Town (UCT) was a life goal. And as one of the Free State’s top 100 matric pupils in 2015, her admission to UCT was practically guaranteed.
14 Dec 2021
A decade of studying earns UCT medical student a PhD before his medical degree
Trailblazing his own path, choosing not to follow the crowd and being brave has brought University of Cape Town (UCT) medical student Timothy de Wet benchmark-setting academic achievement: he will graduate with a PhD this December, and is set to graduate with an MBChB in December 2022.
14 Dec 2021
UCT graduand becomes SA’s first black observational ocean biogeochemist
Mhlangabezi Mdutyana is a University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate-in-waiting. He’s the son of a domestic worker and a security guard and he grew up on the dusty roads of Polar Park in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.
14 Dec 2021
Amend laws to help civil society challenge poor governance in SOEs
Refinements and amendments to specific laws will place civil society organisations (CSOs) in a much stronger position to challenge poor corporate governance in state-owned enterprises (SOEs), said PhD graduand Julieth Gudo. Julieth will graduate from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Law this month.
13 Dec 2021
UCT honours renowned Cape ballet master at its summer graduations
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will as part of its tradition bestow high academic honour, DMus (honoris causa), on renowned Cape Town ballet master Johaar Mosaval during the Faculty of Humanities virtual graduation ceremony scheduled for Monday, 13 December at 19:30.
13 Dec 2021
Newly installed UCT Chancellor believes in empowering youth through education
In a fitting ceremony on 10 December 2021, Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe was officially installed as the Chancellor of the University of Cape Town (UCT) surrounded by various university stakeholders, dignitaries from across the country and delightful musical performances at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
13 Dec 2021
UCT to host official Chancellor’s Installation and media conversation session
The University of Cape Town (UCT) will host the official Chancellor’s Installation ceremony for Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, who is the sixth chancellor and the second black woman to occupy this role at the institution.
09 Dec 2021