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University of Cape Town: The UCT Community


A total of 21 562 students (15 413 undergraduates and 6 149 postgraduates) enrolled at UCT in 2006. Over the years UCT has successfully maintained a 50:50 balance between black and white students.

Currently there is a near-even split between women and men in the student body, with women comprising about 51% and men 49% at undergraduate level. At postgraduate level men represent 51% and women students 49%.

In December 2006 about 4 350 students graduated, including those with postgraduate degrees. The Faculty of Commerce produced 1 204 graduates, while 564 came from the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment, and the Faculty of Humanities produced 1 358 graduates. Around 475 graduates came from the Faculty of Health Sciences. The Faculty of Law had 149 graduates and the Faculty of Science produced just over 600.

International Academic Programmes Office (IAPO)

IAPO negotiates international agreements and looks after the needs of international students. Over 3 000 international students from almost 90 countries are registered annually. Of these, half are from Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries.

In 2006 UCT registered 4,374 international students from across the globe. There are about 18 national student societies at UCT.

The university also has successful collaborative programmes such as the University Science, Humanities and Engineering Partnerships in Africa (USHEPiA) with other African universities aimed at building capacity in African universities.

UCT’s six faculties have more than 437 academic linkages with various institutions across Africa.


UCT employs approximately 4 000 staff, 44% of whom are academic and 56% of whom are administrative and support staff. Some 55% of the university’s academic staff hold doctorates.

High numbers of UCT’s academic staff are leaders in their respective fields. The National Research Foundation (NRF) identified UCT as one of South Africa’s leading research universities in science, humanities, engineering and technology.


Excellent teaching is at the heart of our enterprise. The Distinguished Teacher Award recognises the importance of excellence in teaching at all levels of the university. A total of 63 such awards have been made since 1982.