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UWC is a research-led, learning and teaching African university with a legacy of Social Justice, Community Engagement and Graduate Employability.


Responding to COVID-19

A UWC COVID-19 Response Task Team consisting of University management, officials and medical experts is closely monitoring and following recommendations from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, the National Department of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) and other official sources.

UWC Vaccination Centre Update

Please be informed that the UWC Vaccination Centre reopened on Monday, 17 January 2022.

Parents and children (aged 12 to 17) of staff and students can receive their COVID-19 vaccination at the UWC Vaccination Centre. UWC alumni may also receive their vaccination at the centre.

The Pfizer booster will also be administered. You are eligible for this booster six months after you have received your second Pfizer dose.

Immunocompromised persons are also eligible for this booster one month after you have received your second Pfizer dose. Kindly note that you have to present the referral form from your general practitioner (GP) at the vaccination centre.

Location: UWC Main Hall
Days: Monday to Friday
Hours: 09h00 - 14h00

Best of the Best

The University of the Western Cape boasts outstanding alumni who have made
an impact on society.

Professor Jakes Gerwel

The late Professor Jakes Gerwel led UWC as the Rector and Vice-Chancellor between 1987 and 1994. He was committed to a non-racial, non-sexist and democratic society, and pursued a life-long dedication to education, anti-racism and political freedom. His appointment as the Director-General in the Presidency of Nelson Mandela, therefore came as no surprise.

Dr Franklin Sonn

Well-known educational academic and community figure, Dr Franklin Sonn is widely regarded as one of the stalwarts in the fight against Apartheid education and keeping alive the vision of a democratic future. He completed a BA degree and BA (Hons) at the University of the Western Cape in the late 1960s.

Prof Brian O'Connell

Professor Brian O'Connell served as the UWC Rector and Vice-Chancellor from 2001 to 2014 and is known to many as one of the most influential leaders in the history of the University.

Lilian Barnard

UWC prides itself on providing young women with the skills needed to change the world - women like Lillian Barnard, ICT legend and Microsoft South Africa's Managing Director.

Thembi Kgatlana

UWC alumna, Banyana Banyana striker became the first South African to score a goal at the FIFA World Cup in 2018. In 2019 She was crowned the African Women's Footballer of the Year and won Goal of the Year at the Confederation of African Football Awards.

Research and Innovation

Academic Project

Research and Innovation

The Forensic DNA Laboratory at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) will be launching an update of a male-specific DNA-profiling kit known as UniQ-Typer™ Y-10, designed to help identify perpetrators of sexual assaults and other gender-specific crimes.

Learning and Teaching

UWC Academic Week 2021 Review

Community Engagement 

The Community Engagement Unit (CEU) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) recently held a certificate ceremony celebrating those who completed the Stakeholder Engagement Short Course.

In their own words

Great place to study and to grow. Amazing research.
Linda de Vries
Former Student
UWC made me who I am today. The calibre of lecturers and resources impacted my knowledge and development. The lecturers here are passionate about the development of students and they have a positive impact on them. They encourage the belief that you will make it with education; being educated means that you’re well-informed.
Dr Emmanuel Ilori
Lecturer (School of Government) and alumnus
I am glad to have been associated with UWC since 1989 both as a student and as a Professor of Mathematics Education!
Monde Mbekwa
Former Student
We have completed exams and received our results during the coronavirus pandemic. Many of us received laptops and data. We are blessed and grateful.
Didier Ngameni
Former Student
UWC is my second home. Can recommend UWC to everyone out there. #IamUWC.
Jacques van Zyl
Former Student

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