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The University of Cape Town

The Union

The University of Cape Town Debating Union (UCTDU) prides itself on being a well-organised and efficient union with over 150 years of institutional experience, capable of managing and hosting world-quality tournaments. Founded in 1865, it is Africa’s oldest and most successful debating society, having broken at numerous Worlds since South Africa’s reintegration in 1990s. In addition to being the host of the annual Cape Town Open and a founding member of the SANUDC, it has hosted both the 2014 South African National Schools Debating Championships and the 2012 World Schools Debating Championships.

The University

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys and was formally established as a university in 1918.

Apart from establishing itself as a leading research and teaching university in the decades that followed, UCT earned itself the nickname “Moscow on the Hill” during the period 1960 to 1990 for its sustained opposition to apartheid, particularly in higher education.

UCT's success can be can be measured by the scope of study it offers and the calibre of its graduates.

The university has six faculties - Commerce, Engineering & the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science - which are supported by UCT's Centre for Higher Education Development, which addresses students' teaching and learning needs.

Among its more than 100 000 alumni are the late Professor Christiaan Barnard, the world-renowned heart surgeon, and three Nobel laureates, Sir Aaron Klug, the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack and JM Coetzee.

UCT also has more than 60 specialist research units that provide supervision for postgraduate work and is home to more than a quarter of South Africa's A-rated researchers - academics who are considered world leaders in their fields.

UCT continues to work towards its goal to be Africa's leading research university.