University of Cape Town
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Yes, it was tiring after spending a week in Italy, then a day in Turkey, and then flying 7 hours to South Africa. After the session, I flew to Las Vegas to join the Microsoft Leadership team and our CEO Satya Naddella. This award is equivalent to being the “employee of year” at Microsoft. After spending 2 days in Las Vegas, I will fly to Auckland. Yes, it’s true, I’m not complaining. In fact, I’m happy to visit more people.
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Introduction to History
The University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa’s oldest university and one of Africa’s most renowned research and teaching institutions, is the University of Cape Town.
The birth of an institution
UCT was established in 1829 as South African College, a high-school for boys.
The College had a small tertiary education facility that grew significantly after 1880, when gold and diamonds were discovered in the north. This, and the resulting demand in mining skills, gave it the financial boost it needed.
Due to increased funding from the government and private sources, the College became a fully functioning university in the period 1880-1900.
The College also built its first science laboratories and established the departments of mineralogy, geology, and other related disciplines to meet the growing demand for skilled personnel in the country’s emerging gold-mining and diamond industries.
Another important development was the admissions of women. Paul Daniel Hahn, Professor of Chemistry, convinced the Council in 1886 to admit four women to his chemistry class on trial basis. The College decided to accept women students indefinitely in honour of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee, 1887, because of the outstanding standard of work displayed by the students.
From 1902 to 1918, the Medical School was established. Engineering courses were also introduced. A Department of Education was also established.
UCT was officially established as a university in 1918. It was founded on the Alfred Beit bequest, along with substantial gifts from the mining magnates Julius Wernher (and Otto Beit) and other substantial gifts. The university received substantial support from well-wishers in Cape Town and received a significant state grant for the first time.
The university was able in 1928 to move its largest facilities to Groote Schuur, on the slopes at Devil’s Peak. It was here that UCT celebrated its centenary in 1999, on land donated by Cecil John Rhodes to the nation as the site of a national university.
“Moscow on Hill”
UCT has been a prominent research and teaching university for decades. During the 1960-1990 period, UCT was nicknamed “Moscow on the Hill” because of its persistent opposition to apartheid in higher education.
In the 1920s, the university admitted its first black students. The university admitted a small number of black students in 1920s. However, the institution began to see the changes taking place and committed itself to a deliberate, planned process of internal transformation.
The number of black students admitted at UCT grew by 35 percent from the 1980s to early 1990s. Nearly half of UCT’s 20 students were black by 2004.