Africa Higher Education
Health Collaborative

The University of Cape Town is a community of exceptionally talented students, teachers and researchers – and a wide range of professional, administrative support and service staff – all of whom are committed to help change this world for the better. We encourage one another to work hard, not only to earn degrees or public recognition, but also to be leaders in this increasingly changing world.

Our vision is to be an inclusive, research-intensive African university that addresses the challenges of our time with cutting-edge teaching, research and facilities. As a university we are committed to promoting transformation, to working tirelessly to guarantee the sustainability of our institution, and to ensuring excellence in all we do.

UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and is currently the top-rated university in Africa and one of the top-rated universities in the world.

Our researchers continue to help with the creation of African-based solutions to global problems, including issues relating to climate change, urbanization, safety and security, education and health, to name just a few. Many UCT researchers are recognized world leaders in their respective fields.

The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences is the most research intensive faculty in the university, with postgraduate students outnumbering undergraduates, and a world rating among the top 50 health sciences faculties worldwide (by Times Higher Education). The Faculty has 13 academic departments, over twenty multi-disciplinary research groupings, and more than 4000 students.

The AfreHE-HCo@UCT programme will be hosted within the Faculty of Health Sciences, by the Department of Family, Community and Emergency Care, abbreviated to ‘FaCE’. It consists of five divisions: Family Medicine, Primary Health Care, Emergency Medicine, Integrated Palliative Care and Medicine, and Sports and Exercise Medicine.

The massive transformative purpose of FaCE is “to build inclusive communities of care together”, referring not only to external geographic communities and partners in Cape Town and the Western Cape province, but also to communities of staff and students internal to UCT, as well as international partners. This is the connection between the Higher Education Health Collaborative and the aspirations and goals of the University of Cape Town.