The University of Cape Town was founded in 1829 and is the oldest university in South Africa, as well as the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa. It is also the only African member of the Global University Leaders Forum. It is a high-ranking African university in the QS World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities.
The university has had a history of diversity from an early age. The student body is one of the most diverse in the country, due to over half of the numbers being previously disadvantaged and women. Some of the alumni include Professor Christiaan Barnard in addition to popular authors such as J.M. Coetzee.
UCT is seen as being a highly-inclusive and is a research-focused university. One of its goals is to inspire creativity through learning, discovery, and citizenship. The university’s values include investing in talent and emerging voices to realise a dream of diversity and inclusivity for South Africa.
University of Cape Town Faculties and Courses
- Higher Education Development
- Engineering and the Built Environment
- Health Sciences
The university prides itself on producing graduates who are creative, innovative and who are proactive in making changes to the country.