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Academic Institutions
Academic Institutions

Cape Town and the Western Cape are an intellectual magnet, with four world-class universities and research institutions in fields as diverse as astronomy, science, medicine and social politics. As a result, the region is fertile ground for intellectual dialogue and the exchange of ideas.

University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town (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. Its Law and Commerce faculties are consistently placed among the 100 best internationally. It is the only African member of the Global University Leaders Forum, within the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 26 of the world's top universities.
Stellenbosch University
Stellenbosch University is among South Africa’s leading tertiary institutions based on research output, student pass rates and rated scientists, and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It boasts the highest weighted research output per full-time academic staff member of all South African universities, and the second-highest number of scientists in South Africa who have been rated by the National Research Foundation. It also has the highest student success rate in the country.
University of the Western Cape
The University of the Western Cape is a national university alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality and a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition. Drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle, the university is aware of a distinctive academic role in helping build an equitable and dynamic society.
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. An internationally acclaimed institution, it is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region with an enrolment of more than 30 000 students. The university has six faculties offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Engineering, Informatics and Design, and Health and Wellness Sciences.
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University of South Africa
The University of South Africa (Unisa) is the largest open distance learning institution in Africa and the longest-standing dedicated distance education university in the world. The university enrols nearly one-third of all South African students.Founded in 1873 as the University of the Cape of Good Hope, the institution became the first public university in the world to teach exclusively by means of distance education in 1946. Throughout the years, Unisa was perhaps the only university in South Africa to have provided all people with access to education, irrespective of race, colour or creed.The university offers an unparalleled range of study choices, ranging from short courses and certificate programmes to three and four-year degrees and diplomas, with close to 400 000 current students.