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The University of Cape Town’s Strategic Planning Framework 2016–2020 commits itself to five goals, of which one speaks directly to internationalisation:
Goal 2 – Global partnerships with a distinctive African lens.

This goal aims to promote UCT as a vibrant and supportive intellectual environment that attracts and connects people from all over the world and advances the status and distinctiveness of scholarship in Africa.

Our high-level objectives are to:

  • promote international partnerships across the globe, across the African continent and in emerging economies that support the development of research, staff and student exchanges, and other strategic goals such as advocacy, access to funding, developing networks and expertise, and building reputation
  • implement a significant number of shared training programmes with African universities to develop the next generation of academics for the continent
  • implement international joint degrees, co-supervision of PhD candidates and PhD exchanges; and provide doctoral and postdoctoral fellows with international experience and, where funding allows, for other postgraduate and undergraduate students
  • build expertise on questions of particular relevance to the African continent
  • identify and publicise areas where UCT is particularly strong in studying challenges facing the continent, or in bringing an African lens to global problems; and identify where such expertise is perceived to be lacking and should be strengthened
  • enhance global visibility for UCT’s scholars through open scholarship and appropriate communication strategies
  • recruit a more geographically diverse spread of international students in full-degree, block- release and Semester Study Abroad programmes and increase their numbers.