UCT is an inclusive and engaged research-intensive African university that inspires creativity through outstanding achievements in learning, discovery and citizenship; enhancing the lives of its students and staff, advancing a more equitable and sustainable social order and influencing the global higher education landscape.
In 2016, 5 278 international students studied at UCT from 112 countries (39 of them African). Of the total student population, 2 661 are from SADC countries: Angola, Botswana, Congo, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
After graduating, UCT students take up positions in every sector of the economy, around the world. We are in contact with over 162 600 alumni in 158 countries, some 111 440 of whom live in South Africa.
In 2016 UCT was home to 29 074 students (18 421 undergraduates and 10 653 postgraduates)
and 4 542 staff (1 179 academic and 3 363 professional, administrative, support and service staff).
Over the course of the year, anywhere between 100 and 1 000 students are employed by the university on a temporary basis.
There are more than 100 student societies active on campus, including academic, faith, national, cultural, political and special interest societies. Students can also choose from almost 40 sporting codes, which include a variety of disciplines from fencing and jiu jitsu to hockey, rugby and rowing.
The Jammie Shuttle service, UCT’s free transport system, makes almost 200 000 trips each year, transporting students and staff to and from the university’s campuses.
UCT Libraries is a repository of approximately 1.3 million print volumes, which are kept on 53 349 linear metres of shelves.