UCT is not just a collection of lecture halls. It is not only research excellence or long-standing history. UCT is its people. It is the students, staff, friends and colleagues who make the university what it is. With that in mind, we celebrate the journeys of some of those who make UCT what it is.
2016 was a tumultuous year. Fortunately, the academic year was completed. We were challenged to look more carefully at the society we live in and ask ourselves what work needs to be done. Distinguishing UCT, the university’s strategic planning framework for 2016 to 2020, has plotted the course to begin answering this question and doing the work.
We celebrate the culmination of the insourcing project that saw more than 1 000 people officially join – and for some, re-join – UCT’s ranks.
This publication reflects on a year of discussions, of concerns over the state of higher education, and of continued attempts to respond to the problems of our society through engaged research.
We could never hope to encompass the story of 2016 in all its contradictions.
This is just a snapshot of a year that was a blend of some uncertainty, excellence and robust debate.
Most of all, this publication tells a story of continued progress, hard work and of an institution that achieved much in what can be described as a successful year.
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The Newsroom and Publications unit releases an annual report, which is a review of activities on campus during the previous year. It spans nearly all aspects of UCT life, and includes reports from senior executives on issues such as governance, teaching and learning, research, social responsiveness, transformation and employment equity. Each year the report clearly illustrates clearly why UCT is held in such high regard in South Africa, Africa and across the globe.