The EfD center in South Africa is housed in the School of Economics at The University of Cape Town (UCT). UCT is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. The School of Economics is one of the largest departments in the University.
UCT is South Africa's oldest university, and is one of Africa's leading teaching and research institutions. 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. In regards to social transformation post Apartheid, by 2004, nearly half of UCT's 20 000 students were black and just under half of the student body was female. Today, UCT have one of the most diverse campuses in South Africa.
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. The School of Economics is part of the Faculty of Commerce and is one of the largest departments in the University. The department consists of over 30 staff members who cover a broad range of disciplines in economics in their teaching and research. In addition, the School has a strong research focus and hosts several active research units including EfD/EPRU.
Experience in collaboration
In line with international good practice, at UCT the value of interdisciplinary, multi-faceted collaboration is recognized as being instrumental to increasing global competitiveness; effectively addressing the increasing complexity of research questions; leveraging more and better funding; increasing the mobility of researchers and creating exchange opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students.
UCT bright modern library offers spacious reading areas, high-end computer workstations, audio-visual viewing areas, both intranet and wireless internet access, and ample photocopying and printing facilities. Offices facilities are at disposal for visiting researchers. The information and communication technology services department (ICTS) provides a comprehensive range of services and support, including servers, file services and storage ,anti-virus and security , desktop hardware and software (acquisition, maintenance and support), network printing, training ,email, calendar and mailing lists, phone and fax services, administrative systems support (such as SAP R/3, PeopleSoft).
UCT offers a complete range of accommodation on campus.