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Subjects put UCT on top 10th position in world rankings

The University moved up two places from 2018 to ninth position for development studies.

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UCT reclaims its 10th position in world rankings, moving up two on the 2019 QS World University Rankings by subject.

UCT stands as the only university in the global south to feature among the top 10 for this discipline.

Anatomy and physiology, anthropology, archaeology, architecture/built environment, education, geography, social policy and administration, and sports-related subjects were also ranked among the top 100.

“We at UCT pride ourselves on the impact of our research in combating the numerous issues faced by our continent – and more broadly, the global south”. – UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

African News Agency (ANA) reported that the five broad subject areas for 2019, UCT was ranked in the following :

  • 145th for Arts & Humanities
  • 300th for Engineering & Technology
  • 112nd for Life Sciences & Medicine
  • and came in 223rd place for Natural Sciences
  • 166th for Social Sciences & Management.

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Nelson Mandela Day: Uniting to make a difference

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City Waldorf, other student accommodations, social work students from various institutions, and the community of Hillbrow visited the orphanage which houses displaced children affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, poverty, abandoned and neglected children in the South Africa.

The children were offered food, toys, basic necessities and their orphanage was painted, this was all done through the collaboration of student accommodations, University and high school students, the community including “Spurs” which donated food to the orphanage.

Let us help make everyday a Nelson Mandela day by helping orphanages like “Malaika orphanage centre” to give children a better life, out of the streets, better shelters, help them to go to sleep with a full stomach and allow them have a childhood full of greater unforgettable memories.

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ARVs to be made available for Wits, UJ and TUKS students

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology, first institution in south Africa to have Antiretrovirals (ARVs) available for students at their student health care facilities.

Other institution such as Wits, Tuks and the UJ are following in same steps, taking the same initiative to ensure that students have access to ARVs and the Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) pill. 

It was reported that these institutions are currently in talks with the Gauteng Department of Health, which has to evaluate the institutions’ health care facilities as well as accredit them. Only after this process will these universities start rolling out the treatment to its students.

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Gauteng Premier envisions a Gauteng where young people are digital savvy

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The Gauteng premier, David Makhura delivered his State of the Province Address yesterday at the University of Johannesburg, SOWETO on Monday.

Taking that the youth unemployment rate was higher in the first quarter irrespective of the educational level, with a record of 52% of the youth aged between (15-24) unemployed, and among graduates in this age group, the unemployment rate is 31%.

During his speech, he took time to touch on the subject of Youth unemployment, promising the youth of Gauteng that 1 million young people will be equipped digital skills in a bid to make Gauteng the silicon valley of Africa.

He mentioned that this was to get South Africa’s youth ready and equipped to be compatible with the fourth industrial revolution.

Another concern has been the number of people in South Africa living with HIV, with young women making up the largest percentage of people within the country living with HIV.

“Our HIV and Aids programme will target specifically young women because that’s where increases on HIV infections are happening.”

Makhura further stated that, the province will ensure that services including infrastructure and maintenance will be made accessible for the youth.

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