Studying At The University of Capetown

The University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa. The university was established in 1829. It is a public university. It has an endowment of $ 250 million USD.

Its chancellor is Graca Machel. The vice-chancellor is Max Price. The university has a student strength of around 23,500 (including undergrad and grad students). The University of Capetown has 4 suburban and 2 urban campuses. It was established as the South African College and later its name was changed to the present one. This article aims to provide information about the University of Cape Town and the various programs it offers. Read on for more information.

The main campus of the university is called the Upper Campus. It is located in Rhode’s Estate. It houses the faculties of science, engineering, humanities (an important point to note is that this campus doesn’t house the faculty of arts) and commerce. The focal point, so to say, of the Upper Campus is the Jameson Hall.

This is where major events such as graduation ceremonies and exams are held. Apart from the Upper Campus, the University of Cape Town also has the Middle Campus and the Lower Campus. These campuses house most of the residences and administrative offices of the University of Cape Town. These campuses also house the South African School of Music and the faculty of law.

The head (titular) of the University of Cape Town is the chancellor. However, the chancellor doesn’t have executive powers. The primary work of the chancellor is to confer degrees to the students of the University of Cape Town and also be an ambassador for the University of Cape Town on the world stage. The current chancellor, as already mentioned in the article is Graca Machel.

She was first elected in 1999 and then re-elected in 2010. The executive powers at the university rest with the vice-chancellor. The current vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town is Max Price. In order to assist the vice-chancellor, there are a number of deputy vice-chancellors as well. Another post that is of significance in the university administrative hierarchy is that of the registrar, who handles legal matters and academic administration in the University of Cape Town.

The departments and faculties at the university are as follows:

  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Commerce
  • Faculty of Law

The University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business comes under the Faculty of Commerce, but has a separate Dean and hence is run as an independent school.

The University of Cape Town is the highest ranked South African university. It was ranked at number 146 in the world by the THES-QS World University Rankings in 2009. The MBA program at the University of Cape Town was ranked at number 89 in the world by the Financial Times in 2010. In the value for money category, the rank was second in the world.


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