University of Cape Town

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University of Cape Town Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
17 Reviews
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    Student, Grad Student, Teaching Assistant

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    Current Employee - Student, Grad Student, Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Student, Grad Student, Teaching Assistant

    I have been working at University of Cape Town full-time

    Pros

    I loved my time at UCT. The institution not only provides you with an excellent education but instills values of human decency in its students. The structure of the university allows for excellent "random collisions" among people from various fields which makes the experience all the more richer.

    Cons

    As a graduate student, funding is very limited. The university also seems to want to increase its already large student body, which raises quality vs quantity concerns for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Fantastic

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I worked at University of Cape Town as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Very engaging lecturers and tutors

    Cons

    Administrative departments need better co-ordination and data storing facilities

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great to compliment studies

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I worked at University of Cape Town part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    great to compliment studies to gain experience and pocket money

    Cons

    time consuming at times - need to balance accordingly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    Focused on the new South Africa

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I worked at University of Cape Town part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Rampant opportunity. The university is by far the best in the country, using student conferences and academic conferences as a guide. Compared with top US universities, this seems to be true also. UCT really is a top university.

    Cons

    There is limited comparison between ourselves and the rest of the academic landscape. Academics are less traveled and there are far less professors, mostly lecturers. There is also limited collaboration between departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If the university was a touch slicker, it would be among the best in the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Mechatronics Degree Review

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    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Undergraduate Student in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I have been working at University of Cape Town full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Located in most beautiful city in Africa. Much cheaper than university education in most of US/Europe. Wide range of cultures and very mixed group of people.

    Cons

    Bad administration. Limited lecturers(if a lecturer is not performing well, there is no one to replace them). Lecture rooms not great. Food in building not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ECE degree done better. Mechatronics not focused enough, too broad. Needs more focus on design.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great Place for an Academic Researcher

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    Current Employee - Research Assistant  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Research Assistant in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I have been working at University of Cape Town full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good career opportunities and sponsorship for researchers,cutting edge facilities and the growth to the peak of your field is very achievable.

    Cons

    Growth depends on the kind of politics running in the faculty and more specifically the department. There is still very limited full time opportunities for foreigners. But this is a general problem in South Africa at large

    Recommends
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    Unfortunately, it's an institution that does not in any way cater to individuals or try to nurture talent.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I worked at University of Cape Town full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Location. Best university in Africa. Did I say location? The students are fairly good and facilities are well maintained.

    Cons

    Institutional thinking still pervades, and South Africa's labour laws prevent the university from being a nimble, business-like employer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking as if it was the 21st century, not the 19th.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Great experience with challenging opportunities for growth in research.

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    Current Employee - Graduate Student  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Graduate Student in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I have been working at University of Cape Town full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A very busy environment, each day can (and does) provide new experiences depending on what is required - teaching, background research, experiments and follow-up. The opportunity to engage with many different people provides good character development, so does the work itself.

    Cons

    A lack of funding in most departments, advise your own funding source if you would like to do research

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication regarding available opportunities, progress in the department and feasibility of projects

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I worked at University of Cape Town part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best academic instition in Africa and that comes with perks such as access.

    Cons

    Admin can be a bit dodgey at times

    Recommends
  11.  

    As a tutor in the MAM Department, the experience was rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Tutor  in  Cape Town (South Africa)
    Former Employee - Tutor in Cape Town (South Africa)

    I worked at University of Cape Town as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to learn a lot from the students you tutor and the course in general. The tutoring periods were well spaced out.

    Cons

    There isn't much of a downside, one only has to be prepared for the diverse student population you encounter.

    Recommends

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