PhD graduate wants to advance astronomy education in Africa

17 August 2022 | Director Roxanne Harris & Ruairi Abrahams. Videography Ruairi Abrahams & Boikhutso Ntsoko. Video Edit Ruairi Abrahams. Photo Robyn Walker.

Dr Tshiamiso Makwela, who recently graduated with a PhD in Astronomy wants to advance astronomy education in Africa through her research work.

Her passion for inclusion, diversity and access to education has seen her do some ground breaking research that will assist students from all walks of life as they “reach for the sky”.

Please visit the graduation feature page for stories on some of our other inspirational graduates and to view the graduation ceremonies:

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PhD Graduation July 2022


The July 2022 PhD candidates graduated on Friday, 22 July 2022 at their faculty’s graduation ceremony as per the published schedule available on the graduation page on the UCT Students website. Ceremonies were livestreamed on the website, and video recordings are now available on this feature page and on UCT’s YouTube channel.

We are excited to see our UCT graduates unleash their potential for a fair and just society. Join in with the celebrations on social media by using the #UCTGrad2022 hashtag.


Our stories: inspirational graduates

The UCT News team has profiled a cross-section of inspirational PhD graduands whose stories have inspired us. To all those we haven’t been able to feature, we’d like to say: each one of you is an inspiration – to your university, your families and your communities. We wish you every success in the future.

#UCTGrad2022 – social media elements

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