Cybersecurity boffins to compare notes
UCT, in partnership with Dimension Data, will host the inaugural Cyber Security Symposium Africa from 16 to 19 July on UCT’s middle campus.
The symposium, which features some top names in the cybersecurity field, is intended as a platform for these experts to share knowledge and ideas, and identify possible collaborations.
They will also give guidance on what institutions need to do to ensure that their data is secure and how to encourage users to be aware of their actions when interacting on the university networks and online.
Attendees can expect names such as Dr Nick Tate, who has worked across the world in the IT field; Erdal Ozkaya, an Australian IT security professional; and UCT’s own executive director of Information and Communication Technology Services, Sakkie Janse van Rensburg.
On South Africa’s southwest coast sits Cape Town, an undeniably beautiful city. From brightly painted facades and Afro-chic interiors to striking street art, vitality flourishes in Cape Town. If you’re majoring in the social sciences or are passionate about community, you’ll love the volunteer projects in local townships promoting ecological conservation, criminal justice, and literacy. Expand on field courses in marine biology with a trip on your own to Walker Bay for land-based whale watching. Hike or take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain to see the incredible 360-degree view of Cape Town.
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the number one university in Africa and host to the largest study abroad program in the country. With nearly 20 percent of its students from more than 110 countries, UCT’s enrollment is reflective of the world’s population. The campus is a cultural melting pot where you’ll be able to meet students from all over the world. It is a perfect setting for global learning, international connections, and understanding differing views on common issues and problems.
The strikingly beautiful upper campus is on the slopes of Table Mountain. Trekking up to campus from the dorms, you’ll get an amazing overlook of the city each day. The ivy-covered buildings of the upper campus accommodate all varieties of majors. The university’s outlying campuses are spread throughout the suburbs of Cape Town. A fleet of bikes and green transportation buses, including one specifically designed for passengers with disabilities, run between the campuses and stations surrounding the university.
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 making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. In terms of full university status, it is the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa together with Stellenbosch University which received full university status on the same day in 1918.
Although UCT was founded by a private act of Parliament in 1918, the Statute of the University of Cape Town (issued in 2002 in terms of the Higher Education Act) sets out its structure and roles and places the Chancellor – currently, Dr Precious Moloi Motsepe – as the ceremonial figurehead and invests real leadership authority in the Vice Chancellor, currently Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng, who is accountable to the University Council.
Consisting of 57 departments organised in 6 faculties and the multidisciplinary Centre for Higher Education Development, the university has approximately 29000 to 30000 students in the liberal arts, pure sciences and professional degrees ranging from bachelor’s degree (NQF 7) to Doctoral degree level (NQF 10).
A vibrant student community consisting of over 100 societies and clubs caters to diverse interests such as religion, politics, culture, community outreach and sport, prominently appearing in national leagues such as, but not limited to, the Varsity Cup. The historic (and ongoing) academic, sporting and political rivalry between UCT and Stellenbosch University brought about the nickname “Ikeys”. Stretching over six campuses in the Cape Town suburbs of Rondebosch, Hiddingh, Observatory, Mowbray and the V&A Waterfront, the medium of instruction is solely in the English language.
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 Commerce, Law, and Medicine Faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best internationally. 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.
Five alumni, staff members and researchers associated with UCT have won the Nobel Prize. As of March 2020, 35 UCT staff members are A-rated NRF researchers (constituting 30% of the national total) and 88 staff members are members of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa.