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University of Cape Town: Regional and International Collaboration

Western Cape

UCT played a leading role in establishing the Cape Higher Education Consortium (CHEC) to manage major collaborative projects between the four main tertiary institutions in the Western Cape.


The University Science, Humanities and Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA) programme, a consortium of eight African universities (including UCT), enables staff from partner universities to obtain postgraduate degrees from UCT.


The International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO) directs UCT’s strategic priorities with respect to the internationalisation of academic programmes. Agreements have been signed with 19 leading universities in North America and Europe, and with the non-profit Council for International Education Exchange, to facilitate the exchange of students and give UCT students opportunities to study abroad.