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Track record a credit to researchers

UCT’s standings are up in the world’s leading research-based ranking systems, as is the university’s publication count for 2009 (by 6.8% over 2008).

Scientific innovation combats children’s lung disease

Lung illnesses are the main cause of deaths and of morbidity amongst children globally. Among these, childhood pneumonia, tuberculosis and asthma predominate. And African children bear the major brunt of this burden, which is largely preventable or treatable.

Program to give UCT graduates the edge

UCT has launched an extra-curricula pilot programme that will, hopefully, set graduates apart and distinguish them as “hot property” - in the words of vice-chancellor, Dr Max Price - in the marketplace.

New doctors to boost public health

South African Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi has urged medical graduates to be the “agents of change” and uphold a high moral and caring ethos to help South Africa turn around the ailing health care system. At a graduation, at UCT on 7 July, of 40 medical students who were part of the South Africa-Cuba Health Cooperation Agreement, Motsoaledi described the current health care system as “expensive, destructive and unsustainable”.

Sasol and UCT partnership yields ground-breaking invention

A partnership between Sasol and the UCT’s Centre for Catalysis Research has yielded the invention of a device that will add great value to research in a variety of fields, including nano-technology.

UCT Celebrating Soccer

World Cup Soccer fever has hit the UCT campus, with faculties each showing their enthusiasm. Click the link below to see a photo collage of how soccer fever is being celebrated on campus.

New Dean for Commerce Faculty

Professor Don Ross was welcomed into the hot seat of Dean of Commerce at a function on 1 June.

“The faculty is a superb academic unit that does a remarkable job of delivering high-quality education to a huge annual cohort of students,” said Ross at the welcome.

Second round for chancellor Graça Machel

Graça Machel, listed in the annual Time 100 issue (Time May 10, 2010) as one of the world’s most influential people, has been elected unopposed as chancellor of UCT for a second term.


The UCT Alumni group in Vancouver are planning a get-together at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on the evening of 20th May 2010. Join us for an evening of good conversation, South African wine and cheese pairing.

Medicine Department turns 90 - in style

Physicians this week were set to be updated on the latest development in the diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions as UCT’s Department of Medicine hosted its biennial Physicians Conference, whilst at the same time celebrating its 90th anniversary.

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