Welcome to the Faculty of Health Sciences. The faculty is recognised nationally and internationally as an outstanding institution for the training of health care workers, research and clinical service.
As Associate Professor Gonda Perez prepares to hang up her boots as deputy dean of undergraduate education at the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences at the end of February, she says retirement comes at the right time.
As group lead for Medical Image-based Inferencing and Distributed Diagnosis in the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Division of Biomedical Engineering, Dr Tinashe Mutsvangwa has established himself as an expert in the development of advanced medical imaging and analysis. He was recently elected to the highest professional membership grade of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
As the continent’s academic and research powerhouse, and with collaborations across the globe, the University of Cape Town (UCT) is uniquely positioned to contribute to world economic, environmental and social sustainability. So said Chancellor Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe during her keynote address at the annual Heads of Mission breakfast, hosted by Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng.
Much of what we know about human history comes from studying things that have been discarded. The archaeology of dumpsites and middens has long informed us about societies and their pasts. This has included how people survived and sustained themselves, what they gathered, made, amassed and discarded.
Established over 100 years ago in 1912, the Faculty is the oldest medical school in sub-Saharan Africa, and the top-rated on the continent. With a stellar reputation in education and research we were ranked 48th in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings.
The Faculty of Health Sciences research enterprise aims to advance and encourage excellent research, in the context of the vision and mission of the Faculty and of the University of Cape Town. We lead high-quality research programmes, train future research leaders, and provide advice and counsel to health organisations around the world.
Mission and vision
To be "an outstanding teaching and research Faculty, educating for life and addressing the challenges facing our society. Within this, we recognize our historical context and our location in Africa, and strive to play an active developmental role in the cultural, economic, political, scientific and social environment of South Africa and the African continent".
It takes hard work and dedication to become a competent caring health practitioner and scientist, but the rewards are tremendous. If you are passionate about positively impacting the health and life of others, then UCT's Faculty of Health Sciences is the place for you. Professor Bongani Mayosi Late Dean: Faculty of Health Sciences