UNVEILED: Historic Partnership Paves Way for a New Era in African Football Education

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MoU between CAF and UCT

UCT to provide bespoke courses

University of Cape Town in details


A landmark Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and Africa’s leading higher learning institution, the University of Cape Town (UCT). The event took place at the CAF headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The University of Cape Town will provide bespoke courses and programmes as an Africa Centre of Education Excellence. This has been agreed between the two Organizations, which will be aimed at driving knowledge, creating capacity and strengthening administrative skills amongst Africa’s Football stakeholders.

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The Memorandum of Understanding, signed on Wednesday 8 May 2024 by CAF’s Secretary General Secretary, Véron Mosengo-Omba and the University of Cape Town Council Vice-Chancellor Professor Dayanand Reddy, will prelude a new era in African football, prioritising education and skills development amongst the administrators endowed with running Member Associations.

Mosengo-Omba said: “The University of Cape Town is one of the leading centres of learning globally and CAF is very proud to be associated with such a reputable institution. The Agreement between the two Organizations also speaks to the work that has been done in turning CAF around and positioning it as amongst the best learning organizations in Africa.

“The Agreement is anchored in the promise made by CAF President Dr Patrice Motsepe three years ago to improve the efficiency and professionalism in African Football.

“We believe this collaboration will not only train the future leaders of football but also consolidate the skills and capacity of role players, thereby fostering the landscape of African football.”

University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) (Afrikaans: Universiteit van Kaapstad, Xhosa: iYunivesithi yaseKapa) is a public research university in Cape Town, South Africa. Established in 1829 as the South African College, it was granted full university status in 1918, making it the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest university in Sub-Saharan Africa in continuous operation.

UCT is organised in 57 departments across six faculties offering bachelor’s (NQF 7) to doctoral degrees (NQF 10) solely in the English language. Home to 30,000 students, it encompasses six campuses in the Capetonian suburbs of Rondebosch, Hiddingh, Observatory, Mowbray, and the Waterfront. It is the only African member of the Global University Leaders Forum (GULF) within the World Economic Forum, which is made up of 26 of the world’s top universities.

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Five alumni, staff members, and researchers associated with UCT have won the Nobel Prize. 88 staff members are part of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa.

Apartheid era

Apart from establishing itself as a leading research and teaching university in the decades that followed, UCT earned itself the nickname “Moscow on the Hill” during the period 1960 to 1990 for its sustained opposition to apartheid, particularly in higher education.

Post-Apartheid era

Rhodes Must Fall (#RhodesMustFall on social media) was a protest movement that began on 9 March 2015, originally directed against a statue at the University of Cape Town (UCT) that commemorates Cecil Rhodes. The campaign for the statue’s removal received global attention and led to a wider movement to “decolonise” education across South Africa. On 9 April 2015, following a UCT Council vote the previous night, the statue was removed.

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