University of Cape Town Ranking 2017

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University of Cape Town Ranking 2017

The University of Cape Town ranking in the GPA system is Top 50 / Tier 3.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) 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, and is the oldest university in South Africa and the second oldest extant university in Africa. UCT is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, and the Academic Ranking of World Universities, and its Law and Commerce Faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best internationally. The language of instruction is English. “Cape Town” evokes mixed feelings these days, due to crime issues in the city, and this has an effect on the Perception factor. The web presence of the university is also substandard.

University of Cape Town ranking

Other Agencies providing University of Cape Town Ranking information:

  • QS World University Ranking (2015–16) 171
  • THE World University Ranking (2015–16) 120
  • GPA World’s Top 50 Ranking (2016) Included in Top 50 as Tier 3

Additional information: Institutional History

  • The roots of UCT lie in the establishment of the South African College in 1829 as a school for boys. In 1874 the South African College Schools, teaching up to secondary level, were separated from the College, which prepared students for the examinations of the University of the Cape of Good Hope. In 1887 the first male residence in Southern Africa was established, known as College House Residence, under the initiative of Professor C.E. Lewis. In 1918 the South African College was elevated to full university status with the power to award degrees, and renamed the University of Cape Town. UCT moved to the Groote Schuur Estate campus in 1928. During the apartheid era, roughly 1960-1990, many UCT students consistently opposed apartheid, and the university was a bastion of liberalism. However, the demographics of the university did not begin to change meaningfully until the 1980s and especially the 1990s.

Additional information: Tuition Fees

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