University of Cape Town
Take in the stunning architecture that typifies South Africa’s oldest university.
The University of Cape Town – known throughout South Africa as “UCT” – is South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys.
It is one of Africa’s most prestigious universities, and is situated in beautiful old buildings high on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, with impressive views out over the Cape Flats, towards Somerset West and Stellenbosch.
The university has six faculties – Commerce, Engineering and the Built Environment, Law, Health Sciences, Humanities and Science.
At the main campus visitors can sit on “Jammie steps”, the popular student hangout outside Jameson Hall, to soak up student life, or enjoy a walk around the campus overlooking Rondebosch and Newlands.
You can also access the pedestrian path to the Rhodes Memorial, which offers striking views of Cape Town, and pop in to the restaurant for a welcome cuppa and home-made treats.
The Hiddingh Campus in the city houses the Drama and Fine Arts departments, including the Michaelis Gallery (+ 27 (0)21 480 7170), which exhibits local and international art. At the end of each academic year, fourth-year student art is displayed and the event is a highlight of the local art scene.
Among UCT’s 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.
Contact the university for more information on foreign students, short courses and lecturing positions. Contact Cape Town Tourism for more information on educational tourism.
- Phone: +27 21 650 9111
- Website: http://www.uct.ac.za
PRINS & PRINS DIAMONDS MUSEUM OF GEMS AND JEWELLERY
This unique museum project takes visitors on a journey from when diamonds first began to form three billion years ago and their 150 km journey to the surface, following the unique path of South African diamonds from their origin in extinct volcanoes to the deposits along our coastline. Learn about unique and rare gemstones, and see how jewellery has changed through thousands of years. The story about South Africa’s mineral wealth is told, not only for diamonds, but also for our Platinum and Gold deposits.
This cultural village aims to remind us of our origin and serves as the reservoir for African knowledge pertaining to nature and traditions, giving us an opportunity to celebrate who we are through music (wonderful sounds from live bands) or from its’ distinct fineness of cuisine, topped up with African (local) arts and crafts.
Hot summer sun, extra long days and warm nights, sun-kissed skin and time to spend with loved ones; summer in Cape Town is the ideal time to get outdoors and enjoy getting closer to the spectacular nature that is within minutes from the bustling city.
Diamonds were formed three billion years ago by molecular-changing heat of around 1 300 °C, deep within the Earth’s crust. If you didn’t know that, then you have not been to the Cape Town Diamond Museum.
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