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University of Cape Town

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The University of Cape Town (UCT) (Afrikaans: Universiteit van Kaapstad, Xhosa: iYunivesithi yaseKapa) is a public research university in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 1829 as the South African College, it was granted full university status in 1918, making it the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest university in Sub-Saharan Africa in continuous operation.[5]

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University of Cape Town
  • Universiteit van Kaapstad
  • iYunivesithi yaseKapa
Coat of arms of the University of Cape Town
Former names
South African College
MottoLatin: Spes Bona
Motto in English
"Good Hope"
Established1 October 1829; 194 years ago (1829-10-01)
Academic affiliations
EndowmentZAR 11.8 billion[1]
(US$ 901 million)[2]
ChancellorPrecious Moloi-Motsepe
Vice-ChancellorDaya Reddy (interim)
Academic staff
Administrative staff
Location, ,
South Africa

33°57′27″S 18°27′38″E
Campus4 suburban and 2 urban campuses
Colours        Light blue, dark blue, black, white
MascotIkey Tiger

UCT is organised in 57 departments across six faculties offering bachelor's (NQF 7) to doctoral degrees (NQF 10) solely in the English language.[6] Home to 30,000 students, it encompasses six campuses in the Capetonian suburbs of Rondebosch, Hiddingh, Observatory, Mowbray, and the Waterfront. 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.[7]

Five alumni, staff members, and researchers associated with UCT have won the Nobel Prize. 88 staff members are part of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa.[8]

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