Published on the UCT News website in February 2018, the Strategic Plan of the University of Cape Town – Vision 2020 had five goals:

  • institutional culture change
  • our identity as an African university
  • research
  • teaching and learning
  • social responsiveness.

The events of 2015 and 2016 emphasised that many students and staff experienced UCT as an alienating, hyper-masculine space constructed on and powered by “whiteness”.

This awareness underpinned the development of a strategic plan that overtly and deliberately sought to bring about change in the university’s institutional culture, using an approach centred not on changing what we have or who we are, but on the kind of institution UCT would like to be.

Graphic depicting Institutional Culture Change


Vision 2020 has since been referred to as the 2016–2020 Strategic Planning Framework.

Visit the Transformation pages to read about the transformation process at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

View UCT’s Vision 2030 plan.