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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 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 is available to all those eligible. Citizens over the age of 50 can receive their SECOND PFIZER booster four (4) months after the first. 

Immunocompromised persons are also eligible for their second booster three (3) months after they have received their first, OR one (1) month after their initial two Pfizer doses. Kindly note that you have to present the referral form from your general practitioner (GP) at the vaccination centre. 

Location: Human Resources Training room (entrance opposite the Faculty of Arts)
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

UWC and the Department of Science and Innovation host inaugural SDG Indaba

On Monday, 6 June, Dr Ayodele Odusola, a development expert, delivered the keynote address at the inaugural Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Indaba, titled Agenda 2030 a Paradigm Shift to Agenda 2063, a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue.

It was hosted by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) in conjunction with the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI).


Learning and Teaching

UWC - the First African University to Receive Internationally Accredited SAS e-Badges

Sixteen Statistical Science Honours and five Master’s students at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) passed a highly-respected accredited programme, granting them access to coveted SAS e-badges.

These e-badges are linked to successful students’ social media profiles and serve as recognition and confirmation of their verifiable skills in their field, both locally and internally. 

The UWC students became the first at an African higher education institution to obtain these e-badges, which relate to validating learning and sharing one’s achievements.

Community Engagement 

UWC educating communities about home remedies

The Faculty of Community and Health Sciences deploys 24 third-year nursing students to Fisantekraal for several community engagement projects in Fisantekraal. Their most recent trip to the township has been described as “the most successful one yet”.

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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