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Welcome from the Executive Director, Department of Student Affairs (DSA)

Dr Moonira Khan

On behalf of the Department of Student Affairs, it is an honour and a pleasure to welcome you as our student and as part of the UCT community. We are pleased that you chose to study at this great institution. UCT is home to around 24,000 students from over 118 different countries. The campus reflects a rich diversity of local and international students and staff. The Department of Student Affairs (DSA) has been purposely established to support all students and we welcome connecting with you during your study at UCT.

Student Affairs offers you a range of support services and facilitates development opportunities. We are committed to providing you with a responsive service and, through our offerings, we seek to contribute to UCT's vision and mission in striving to be an outstanding teaching, learning and research university. As a student-centred service, we are dedicated to enabling our students to succeed academically, become engaged citizens and to reach their full potential. Our approach is holistic and developmental, encouraging our students to become well-rounded individuals who are able to make significant contributions in all walks of life.

The range of services provided by the DSA is summarised:

  • Student Development Cluster is responsible for the provision of student leadership development and support to student governance structure. The four divisions that provide such services are: Student Governance & Leadership; Student Orientation & Advocacy Service; Student Life & Development; and Student Sport & Recreation.

  • Student Funding & Administration Cluster is responsible for the provision of financial assistance to eligible students and for providing a treasury service to student governance structures through the divisions of Student Financial Aid, and Administration.

  • Student Housing & Residence Life Cluster is responsible for providing student accommodation on campus as well as programmes to promote a positive living-learning experience that contributes to the development of the whole-student. Students are also assisted to secure off-campus accommodation through the Off-Campus Student Accommodation Service (OCSAS).

  • Student Wellness Service Cluster provides a professional health and counselling service to students at a primary health care level. The service is dedicated to assisting students in making healthy lifestyle choices in relation to nutrition, alcohol, safer sex, relationships and stress management amongst others, in support of academic success.

We urge you to make the most of your time at UCT by taking full advantage of the rich diversity on campus, meeting other students, making many new friends and learning about other cultures whilst preparing yourself to take up your rightful role in an increasingly global environment.

Best wishes for a positive student experience at UCT!

Dr Moonira Khan
Executive Director
Department of Student Affairs

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