University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa’s oldest university. It is the highest-ranked African University as per the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the Academic Ranking of World Universities and also its Law and Commerce Faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best available internationally. It is the only African member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), within the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 26 of the world’s top universities. UCT strives to promote equal opportunity for all, to safeguard human rights and to uphold the inherent dignity of all. The university has 6 faculties – Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science. Among its more than 100000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon and 5 other Nobel laureates. UCT also has more than 80 specialist research units and is home to more than a third of South Africa’s A-rated researchers – academics who are considered world leaders in their fields. UCT has about 40 sports clubs, with a total membership of around 9000 students and staff. It has an active and diverse cultural life with an abundance of theatre, dance, music and fine art. The multidisciplinary field and opportunities catered by the UCT makes it a favourite destination for students seeking professional development.


  • South Africa’s Oldest University
  • Only African member of the Global University Leader forum
  • More than 100,000 alumni
  • More than 80 specialist research units
  • 28,600 students