UCT Undergraduate Handbook

UCT Undergraduate Handbook

UCT Undergraduate Handbook,

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Undergraduate prospectus

The undergraduate prospectus is a guide for school leavers and others interested in studying for a first degree at UCT.
The prospectus introduces you to life at UCT, describing the campus, its services and facilities. Details of all undergraduate programmes are provided.
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UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys.
The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow.
The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government.
During these years, the College built its first dedicated science laboratories, and started the departments of mineralogy and geology to meet the need for skilled personnel in the country’s emerging diamond and gold-mining industries.