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The University of Cape Town Australian Trust

Raising funds for scholarships and student-led programs

Did you know that there are 228 bright young students who are ready to unleash their potential in South Africa, but due to unpaid fees, they are not able to graduate. 


In the words of David Gonski AC, a key panelist at last year's inaugural boardroom dinner of the UCT Australian Trust, “by lifting education outcomes in disadvantaged communities in South Africa, we can lift the fortune of an entire country”. 

The average amount each student owes is less than $6,000. Whilst the amount owing is relatively small, the impact on their lives is large. Without that graduation certificate these potential engineers, doctors, teachers or accountants cannot work in their chosen field.  

Most are undertaking low paid labour just to survive while desperately trying to find the funds to pay their outstanding fee debt. And so, for many, sadly the dream disappears and the opportunity of uplifting South Africa fades. 


We believe in the power of the collective. Working together, we can each make a difference in a young person's life. In this spirit, we are excited to share that The Saville Foundation has committed to matching those pledges made in support of the Social Work, Teaching, Medicine (MBChB), Engineering and Commerce programmes at UCT. Collective giving means that we can achieve greater scale and maximise impact, ultimately benefiting many more deserving students at UCT.

UCT continues to show resilience as a leading university on the worlds stage, despite the impact of the past few years. I want to thank you for your ongoing support and commitment as we continue to raise funds to support UCT in their mission to unleash the potential in these young students who have the world within their grasp.

Why Support UCT

The past few years have been tough for the world, South Africa and the University of Cape Town. UCT has once again shown our resilience. Despite the challenges, we continue to excel. This year, we tied with Princeton University at #55 on the Most International Universities Ranking. 

Our students come from South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world to study because of our proven excellence. This is recognised in our employability ranking. UCT was ranked in the world’s Top 100 for employability on the 2022 QS University Ranking. 

Why do we consistently rank so highly globally?

There are many reasons, but one is the unique leadership we instil in our students. We ask you to help us by supporting our student leaders to continue making a positive impact in our underserved local communities. 

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Thank you in advance for your generous donation. If you do not wish to add a little extra to help cover fees, please remove the “Cover platform fee” Option at the payment stage. If you'd prefer to make a donation via direct debit, click here to download the UCT Australian Trust 2023 Appeal Pledge Form.


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