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About UCT and LSE

The University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is South Africa’s oldest university, founded in 1829 as the South African College. Its campus is located in one of the most beautiful spots on the Cape Peninsula, on the slopes of Table Mountain. This vantage point offers panoramic views and easy access to the city of Cape Town itself.

UCT is a university that prides itself not only on its undergraduate education, but also on its graduate programmes and the excellent research carried out by its faculties. During the period of apartheid UCT was designated as a “whites only” institution. However, today’s campus has been transformed to reflect the diversity of the entire South African population in terms of students and academic and administrative staff.

The London School of Economics and Political Science

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the foremost social science universities in the world. Founded in 1894, it is a specialist university with an international intake and a global reach. Its research and teaching span the full breadth of the social sciences and from its location in the heart of London LSE engages with the city, the UK and the world. 35 past or present world leaders have studied or taught at LSE, and sixteen Nobel Prize winners in economics, peace and literature have been either LSE staff or students.

The LSE-UCT Partnership

The London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Cape Town became institutional partners in May 2010. Both institutions aim to form partnerships with a small number of high-quality universities across the world in order to broaden their academic reach by creating innovative opportunities for students and promoting world-class research dealing with problems and issues that are relevant on a national and international scale.

LSE and UCT have complementary expertise and foci, with strong track records in bridging research and policy communities. Both are located close to their national parliaments and produce evidence-based research that informs policy. The close relationship between LSE and UCT will allow for genuine, systematic and sustained institutional exchange and capacity development at both the intellectual and organisational levels.

Academics from both institutions are already undertaking collaborative research in the areas of management, health, cities and constitutional law. PhD exchanges have also been set up to enable students from LSE and UCT to spend a term/semester at the other institution.

Both parties hope to attract support for a range of collaborative capacity building and other initiatives across the African continent both on bilateral basis and, with our other institutional partners, on a multilateral basis. These might include training programmes for African university teachers, visiting scholar fellowships and research workshops for doctoral students.

Dr Max Price, Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, gave the LSE-UCT Partnership Lecture Is South African Society More Equal Than When Apartheid Ended in 1994?| at LSE in October 2011. 

The then Director of LSE, Sir Howard Davies, gave the Vice Chancellor's Open Lecture Who or what was responsible for the recent global economic crisis?| at UCT in March 2011.

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