UCT master’s degrees pull international students
30 January, 2019
They come from far and wide: from Zimbabwe, Haiti, Latvia, Monaco and the Falkland Islands, a diverse enrolment of 605 new international students who will be studying at the University of Cape Town (UCT) this year.
UCT’s 29 000-strong student body has 5 000 international students from 117 countries outside South Africa. With 776 students at UCT, Zimbabwe tops the list for international recruits, followed by the United States (596), Kenya (193), Namibia (193), Nigeria (192) and Zambia (183).
A significant number of the international newbies have applied for master’s degree programmes, a trend that’s evident across all six academic faculties. Registrations show the Faculty of Health Sciences leads with 57 international master’s candidates, followed by the Faculty of Science with 44, and the Faculty of Commerce with 42.
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UCT alumni triumph in social impact challenge
19 December, 2018
Three University of Cape Town graduates who met while studying information systems at UCT are among the winners of Google’s first Impact Challenge for South Africa, earning them US$250 000 in funding for their career guidance technology.
Unathi September, Lebogang Diale and Rudzani Mulaudzi met while studying information systems, graduating in 2011 with honours. They have worked together on Gradesmatch ever since, first as a voluntary project to provide important career information to learners in rural and township schools, and since 2016 on a full-time basis.
“We enable learners to make well-informed career decisions,” says September.
The Gradesmatch app, where learners can enter in their subjects and marks and be linked to suitable tertiary institutions and qualifications, is just the start. The team now intends to expand into Africa and become a primary source of career guidance and financial aid.
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Burst of energy from new UCT lecturers
13 December, 2018
Twenty new, full-time academics have celebrated their completion of the New Academic Practitioners’ Programme (NAPP), a holistic programme of professional development for new lecturers at the University of Cape Town (UCT).
Over the six-month programme, they’ve brought with them energy, new ways of looking at the curriculum and innovative ideas about teaching.
The NAPP, which was established in 2004 and is hosted by UCT’s Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching (CILT), is open to new full-time academics with not more than five years’ experience in higher education.
The programme starts with a three-day residential retreat in Stellenbosch and includes two one-day workshops on campus. There are two cohorts of 20 participants each, per semester.
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