The oldest continuously operating university in Sub-Saharan Africa is ranked top amongst its competitors on the African continent.
Its sole working language is English, and it is located in South Africa. Continue reading to find out more about the University of Cape Town.
Today, about 30.000 students make up one of the most diverse campuses on the African continent according to the university itself. The University of Cape Town has been and still is today, a very influential institution whose protests and practices have directed law making and set trends in the political sphere.
UCT was founded in 1829 under the name of South African College and became a full university in 1918. The faculty started out as
a high school for young men and received financial boot from the government and private sources from 1880 on, as mining skill was needed after the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north. In the period of financial boost women were also allowed to
join the school for the first time. In 1928 most of the facilities moved to Groote Schuur which sits on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. Today, about 30.000 students make up one of the most diverse campuses on the African continent according to the university itself. The University of Cape Town has been and still is today, a very influential institution whose protests and practices have directed law making and set trends in the political sphere.
The university has many facilities around the city today, but the main campus is still beneath Devil’s Peak. With the impressive mountains in the back and beautiful nature all around the old buildings on the Upper Campus look even more impressive. The lower campus consists of newer buildings which had to be added as the university grew steadily.
UCT is divided into sex faculties which include 57 compartments. The Law faculty has the smallest number of students while the Commerce faculty has the highest number of students, besides them there are the Engineering, Built Environment, Health Science and Sciences and Humanities faculties. For academic matters the faculties have received relative freedom by the senate allowing them to flourish individually.
Christiaan Barnard, the person to perform the first human heart transplant, Nobel Prize winners for Literature, Medicine, and Chemistry and Managing Directors all over the world have studied at UCT. The university produces important research in Culture, Medicine, Chemistry and Mathematics and many other fields.
Summing up, UCT ranks among the best universities in the world and is the number one university on the African continent. It attracts students from all over the world and produces academic excellence in a beautiful setting, while being inclusive and open-minded.