Interesting facts about the University of Cape Town

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History of the University of Cape Town

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On the ancient slopes of the imposing Devil's Peak lies that well known and well respected sprawling jumble of buildings which comprise the University of Cape Town.

UCT as it is commonly known was founded in 1829. It is the oldest university in South Africa.

UCT began as a college school for boys known as the South African College which provided secondary and tertiary education.

During the 20 years between 1880 and 1900 the college was funded from various sources including the government. As a result it was decided to expand resources and the University of Cape Town was born.

South Africa's diamond and gold mining industries were at the forefront during those years. There was a need for skilled personnel. Consequently the first departments to be developed at the young University of Cape Town were those of science, mineralogy and geology.

During that time admission policies were amended to accept women, and the tertiary college was combined with the university.

During the early 20th century the Medical School was developed and following that, Engineering and a Department of Education.

UCT was formally established in 1918. It moved to its present site at Groote Schuur Campus on the slopes of Devil's Peak, in 1928.

More information here on the University of Cape Town web site

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