Vision and Mission

As Approved by Council, December 2016


An inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape.


UCT is committed to engaging with the key issues of our natural and social worlds through outstanding teaching, research and scholarship. We seek to advance the status and distinctiveness of scholarship in Africa through building strategic partnerships across the continent, the global south and the rest of the world.

UCT provides a vibrant and supportive intellectual environment that attracts and connects people from all over the world.

We aim to produce graduates and future leaders who are influential locally and globally. Our qualifications are locally applicable and internationally acclaimed, underpinned by values of engaged citizenship and social justice. Our scholarship and research have a positive impact on our society and our environment.

We will actively advance the pace of transformation within our University and beyond, nurturing an inclusive institutional culture which embraces diversity.

  • UCT is the premier university in Africa, 175 years old, holding high international standing.

  • UCT serves the African continent by providing quality graduates and research content. It is renowned for its research excellence across all six faculties of Law, Commerce, Science, Health Science, Humanities, Engineering, and the Graduate School of Business.

  • UCT provides teaching at an international level, by a lecturing community of highly rated researchers and professionals, individually rated by the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

  • UCT undertakes research ranked at international levels, as evidenced by the number of scientific publications in international journals. Many of the research units have achieved international standards rating by relevant organizations.

  • UCT financial processes provide accountability with established audits and processes for reporting to stakeholders.

  • UCT undertakes the co-ordination of student volunteer initiatives in the local community, helping to meet the needs of health care and education through the work of SHAWCO (Student Health and Welfare Centres Organisation).

UCT’s commitment to academic freedom, critical scholarship, rational and creative thought, and free enquiry places it in a unique position to steer the course of a young person’s life.

With donor support, UCT is in a strong position to assist students in reaching their dreams and making a difference in society both on the African continent and globally.

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