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University of Cape Town Top university Africa

University of Cape Town Top university Africa

The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa

HISTORY

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa’s oldest university, and is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions.

UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys.

The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow.

The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.

During these years, the College built its first dedicated science laboratories, and started the departments of mineralogy and geology to meet the need for skilled personnel in the country’s emerging diamond and gold-mining industries.

Another key development during this period was the admission of women. In 1886 the Professor of Chemistry, Paul Daniel Hahn, convinced the Council to admit 4 women into his chemistry class on a trial basis. Owing to the exceptional standard of work by the women students, the College decided to admit women students permanently in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1887.

University of Cape Town Top university Africa

University of Cape Town Ranking

1st
IN AFRICA

UCT leads, in Africa, in all five of the major world university rankings: Times Higher Education, Quacquarelli Symonds, Center for World University Rankings, US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings and ShanghaiRanking’s Academic Ranking of World Universities.

183rd
IN THE WORLD

UCT is ranked as 183rd in the world by the latest 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings.

103rd
IN THE WORLD

The latest 2021 edition of the US News & World Report Best Global Universities Rankings saw UCT being ranked 103rd globally.

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