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Universities in Cape Town

University of Cape Town

Established in 1829 as a school for boys, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university and one of the continent's leading teaching and research institutions. University of Cape Town comprises over 80 departments with 1,980 Academic staff and with 2, 520 Administrative staff. The University of Cape Town has a population of approximately 23 500 students and over 4000 international students. The University of Cape Town is officially recognized as an educational institution by the Republic of South Africa's Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). The DHET is a governmental department responsible for the establishment and oversight of universities and other post-secondary institutions in South Africa.

Popular areas of study at UCT include:

  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Business
  • Natural Sciences
  • Law
The main teaching campus, known as Upper Campus is centered on UCT's iconic Jameson Hall. This breathtaking location looks out onto the city and up at Devil's Peak. Upper Campus is home to the majority of academic buildings and ISA's Cape Town office. UCT student will get to enjoy over 30 different social clubs and sports throughout the semester.

For 2015, QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities all ranked The University of Cape Town as the highest of any African university, and #14 among all BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) universities. University of Cape Town is also home to the first cardiac surgeon Dr. Christian Barnard who successfully performed a human to human heart transplant.

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University of the Western Cape

The University of The Western Cape (UWC) is a public institution that was established in 1959 for non white students during the Apartheid era. UWC is located just 12 miles north of the city of Cape Town in the Tygerberg suburb of Belleville. UWC is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition. Originally established by the South African Parliament for people classified as "Colored," the UWC has a history of creative struggle against oppression, discrimination and disadvantage. Among academic institutions it has been in the vanguard of South Africa's historic change, playing a distinctive academic role in helping to build an equitable and dynamic nation. UWC's key concerns with access, equity and quality in higher education arise from extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalized participate fully in the life of the nation. The University now has seven faculties and over one hundred departments that students could select from. UWC enrolls about 15, 226 students with only 300 international students. The University of the Western Cape is officially recognized as an educational institution by the Republic of South Africa's Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET).

Popular areas of study at UWC include:

  • Social Development Studies
  • Politics and African Studies
  • Performing Arts
  • Health Studies
  • Environmental Studies
Its attractive campus includes an important nature reserve, and the mountains of the Cape Peninsula and Stellenbosch provide beautiful landmarks to the east and west. The University is readily accessible by car, taxi, bus or train, and even has its own railway station, Unibell, on the southern boundary of the campus.

In 2015, UWC was ranked 7th best institution in Africa and 5th in South Africa in the first Times Higher Education ranking of the top 30 universities in Africa.

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