The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university located in Cape Town, South Africa.
UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. It is jointly the oldest university in South Africa along with Stellenbosch University, which both received full university status on the same day in 1918.
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. It is the only African member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF), within the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 26 of the world’s top universities.
The university has 30,000 students (20,000 undergraduates and 10,000 postgraduates) along with more than 4,500 staff.
The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE) includes the departments of Architecture, Planning & Geomatics; Chemical Engineering; Civil Engineering; Construction Economics & Management; Electrical Engineering; and Mechanical Engineering.
EBE hosts Hy/SA Catalysis, a national hydrogen and fuel cells technology project, and is home to 20 active research groups that span such diverse subjects as African urbanism, fuel cells, minerals, biomedical engineering, robotics and alternative energy. The faculty also hosts the Future Water transdisciplinary research space addressing water issues facing South Africa, the African Centre for Cities regarding the dynamics of unsustainable urbanisation processes in Africa and identifying systemic responses.
The University of Cape Town is an Associated University of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction.