“African-sourced education, research and service is at the heart of our mission as an institution. These words have truly guided you in your work in communities.
“It’s not enough for us as UCT to be the best university in Africa, to be relevant to the world's needs and to be sustainable as an institution. We also need to be the best for Africa,” Phakeng said.
The institute, at the Faculty of Health Sciences campus, provides clinical services and its researchers work in the fields of respiratory medicine, tuberculosis, allergies, occupational medicine and dermatology.
In partnership with various departments, the institute also offers training to students studying towards health professions, and collaborates extensively with training and research institutions locally and internationally.