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While little can be done to curb the current outbreak of Ebola in Africa, when the next outbreak happens, the world will be armed with cheap but powerful biologics made using plants, says UCT plant biotechnologist, Professor Ed Rybicki.


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Global celebrations are taking place to recognise UCT’s 96th Birthday on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. This recognises UCT as one of the first degree conferring institutions in South Africa, and today our alumni span the globe.

Canadian alumni are so widespread that we will celebrate with a two-pronged approach: events in main centres and a collection of ‘virtual’ events sent in by alumni in other areas raising a toast to UCT.

UCT & MRC announce strategic partnerships worth R370m with Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

The partnership will develop new medicines, vaccines and other biotechnologies against HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria by seeking the collective skills, and research networks within and outside South Africa to deliver life-saving benefits.

Mandela leaves a legacy to health

Along with the rest of the nation and the world, the University of Cape Town’s Faculty of Health Sciences mourns the passing of our beloved Madiba, with this tribute to his legacy to health and his love of children.


Flags at the University of Cape Town will fly at half-mast today as staff and students mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela. “Together with everyone in the country - and across the world - the university is experiencing overwhelming sadness and loss,” said UCT Vice-Chancellor Dr Max Price.

Max Price welcomes USA President Barack Obama to UCT

On 30th June 2013, Vice Chancellor Max Price welcomed USA President Barack Obama to UCT. In his opening, he reminded the audience that 47 years ago this month, Senator Robert F. Kennedy made a momentous speech from the same podium. What follows is a summary of President Obama’s speech to staff, students and guests of UCT.

UCT shines in World University Rankings by subject

UCT has been ranked among the top 100 universities in the world for eight of its subject areas, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject released on 8 May. UCT was ranked at 32 for its Education and Training subject area.

Canada to assist UCT study to avert time bomb of unemployed youth

UCT has launched a study to avert the time bomb of unemployed youth in South Africa, funded by a grant of R12,45 million from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Canada.

GSB MBA Team chosen to compete in Montreal

UCT’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) competed in January 2013 in The John Molson MBA International Case Competition in Montreal. This article contains newsflashes sent directly from the team on their experiences.

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