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Welcome to Scholarship@UWC


Scholarship @ UWC highlights the most recent academic developments and activities at UWC, including achievements by staff and students, visiting scholars, conferencing hosting, etc.


We invite you to contact Dr Anita Maurtin-Cairncross ( with scholarly items worthy of sharing with the wider University community, as and when they happen!




(Re) thinking/creating community engagement at UWC​

The DVC: Academic, Prof. Vivienne Lawack, hosted a colloquium on (Re) thinking/creating community engagement and scholarly engagement @UWC. Read More​

Entrepreneurship activities at UWC​: Pop-Up Bellville


During Academic Week , Ms Charleen Duncan, Director of Centre for Entrepreneurship (CEI) and Innovation, presented some entrepreneurial activities that UWC students were engaged in with the CEI. Read More​

Women's Month Programme

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SANBI enters fight against Ebola


The Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium (GET) was established in 2014 as a direct response to the 2014-16 Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa and on-going outbreaks of Lassa Fever, Meningitis, Multidrug resistance (MDR) enteric fevers and Yellow Fever across the sub region.​ Read More

DVC: Academic's Reflective Report


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UWC shines in global assessment of Physical Science: From humble origins to one of Africa’s best universities


African universities are rising players in global higher education rankings, despite their difficulties – and the University of the Western Cape (UWC) is one of the continent’s great success stories. Read More

Prof Jose Frantz wins National award for Research Capacity Development and Transformation


National Research Foundation (NRF) Award that was bestowed on Professor Josè Frantz, Dean of the Faculty of Community and Health Sciences on 1 September 2016. Prof Frantz was named the Champion of Research Capacity Development and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions. Read More​​

Kudos to our staff and students

Three undergraduate students on top honours in Standard Bank’s hotly contested IT Challenge, with an application offering voice-activated online banking to help visually impaired, illiterate and other South Africans. We salute Kyle Jordaan, Daniel Collins and Liam Doult - as well as their team coach, UWC computer science lecturer Reg Dodds - for producing an innovation that will make a difference in the lives of so many people. Read More

UWC runs experiments at European Centre for Nuclear Research (CERN)


The nuclear physics and nuclear astrophysics group at UWC is composed of over 50 members, mainly black South African postgraduate students. Read More​​

Natures of Africa- Ecocriticism and Animal Studies in Contemporary Cultural Forms


Dr Fiona Moolla, of the English Department, recently edited the book, Natures of Africa- Ecocriticism and Animal Studies in Contemporary Cultural Forms. Read More

From Rhodes(ia) to Zimbabwe: Rhodes Must Fall, Post–colonial Politics and University Transformation by Brian Raftopoulos


The office of the DVC: Academic has identified several strategic projects for 2016.​Read More​

Astronomers in South Africa discover mysterious alignment of black holes


Deep radio imaging by researchers at the Universities of the Western Cape and Cape Town, has revealed that supermassive black holes in a region of the distant universe are all spinning out radio jets in the same direction – most likely a result of primordial mass fluctuations in the early universe. Read More

UWC HySA launches the first hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station

Earlier this month, the world’s first hydrogen fuel cell forklift and refuelling station was launched in Springs, in the Gauteng Province. Read More​


Prof Bertie Neethling contributes to The Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming


Prof. Bertie Neethling, a Senior Emeritus Professor in the Department of Xhosa, was invited by the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Names and Naming, Prof. Carole Gough (Professor in Onomastics, at the University of Glasgow, Scotland), to contribute two chapters to this handbook that was published earlier this year. Read More​

Mr Siyambonga Matshawule, nominated as a top young scientist, is selected to participate in a  prestigious international meeting​

Mr Siyambonga Matshawule, a lecturer in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been identified by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAF) as a top young scientist to attend the 2016 Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting. Read More​

Astro News @ UWC​

Extension of SKA/ SARChI Chair in Cosmology

The NRF has extended the SKA/SARChI chair of Prof Roy Maartens for a further 5 years, following the review of the first 5 years.​ Read More

Ne​w Centre for Radio Cosmology at UWC

The Department of Physics & Astronomy is pleased to announce the creation of a new research centre - Centre for Radio Cosmology (CRC) at UWCfunded by the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Project. Read More

Prof Roy Maartens delivers public lecture in India

Prof Roy Maartens, SKA/SARChI professor of cosmology in the Dept of Physics & Astronomy, was invited to lecture at the Graduate School and Worksho​p on Cosmology at the (Inter-University Centre for Astronomy & Astrophysics( IUCA) in India, in February 2016. Read More

USA's NRAO Forges Agreement with new Astronomy Institute that includes UWC

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) of the USA and the Inter-university Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy (IDIA) in South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on algorithm and software development in support of forthcoming surveys on the Jansky Very Large Array (VLA) and MeerKAT. Read More​​

Prof Charlene Africa addresses African women empowerment and scientific research issues at the Young Scientists Conference

Prof. Charlene Africa, from the Department of Medical Biosciences and former Deputy Dean (Gender and Transformation) in the Faculty of Science, was invited to address young scientists from across Africa in a plenary session at the Young Scientists Conference which took place in Johannesburg September 2015.​ Read More​

International Award for Dr Pedro Abrantes

Dr Pedro Abrantes, from the Department of Medical Biosciences, was awarded the International Society of Chemotherapy  (ISC) for Infection and Cancer’s John David Williams Memorial Award. Read More​

International Recog​nition for Excellence in E-learning for the Masters in Adult Learning and  Global Change​


The Masters in Adult Learning & Global Change (ALGC), programme won the Excellence in e-Learning Award​ at the 14th European Conference on e-Learning, held at Hertfordshire University, UK at the end of 2015.​ Read More

 IPSS hosts the first African Diaspora Visiting Scholar


The Institute for Post School Studies (IPSS) at UWC hosted from 11 to 22nd January 2016 the first of seven visiting scholars to the institute under the African Diaspora Support to African Universities program, coordinated by the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) and funded by Carnegie Corporation. Read More​

Prof Ralf Henkel inaugurated as Hononary Professor at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia


Prof Ralf Henkel,  the Departmental Chairperson of the Department of Medical Biosciences,  whose field of expertise is Andrology (male reproductive health),  was inaugurated as Honorary Professor at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru, during his visit to that University in 2015. Read More​

Prof Papier represents UWC on African Union's Continental Working Group


Prof Joy Papier, Director of UWC’s Institute for Post School Studies,  was recently appointed to the African Union’s Continental TVET Expert Working Group which held its inaugural meeting in Addis Ababa on 21-23 September 2015 under the auspices of the AU Commission’s Department of Human Resources, Science and Technology.​ Read More​

Astrophysics group members publish in 'Nature', a prestigious Science publication

Prof Romeel Dave, the SARChI for Chair in Cosmology with Multi-Wavelength Data, in the Physics Department, indicated that Nature dated September 23, 2015 contains two articles authored by members of the UWC astrophysics group.  Read more

Scholarship Highlights in newsletters from the Rector

The Rector, Prof Tyrone Pretorius, in his recent newsletters, informed the university community of matters relating to scholarship at UWC. Read More​

Power answer in black holes?, an article by Sthabile Kolwa, is ​featured in the Mail and Guardian

Sthabile Kolwa, doing MSc in Astrophysics at UWC, provides some possible perspectives to solve energy problems on Earth. Read More​

Department of Library and Information Science's graduate scoops international student paper award

Mr Winner Chawinga, who graduated with a Masters Degree in Library and Information Sciences in April 2015, won the best student paper award at the  International Federation of Library Associations (FLA)  Congress in August. Read More 

Prof Marla Trindade (Tuffin) wins 2015 Woman in Science Award

Prof. Marla Trindade (Tuffin) the DST/NRF SARChI, Research Chair in Microbial Genomics and the Director of IMBM: Institute for Microbial Biotechnology & Metagenomics, won the 2015 Woman in Science Award. Read More​

Professor Nico Steytler provides expert guidance in the drafting of Nepal’s federal constitution


Prof Nico Steytler, the SARChI Chair in Multlevel Government, Law and Policy, participated in two workshops in Nepal in July, organised by the Forum of Federations, on the draft Nepali federal constitution.​ Read More

UWC Pharmacy students excel at South African Pharmaceutical Student’s Federation Conference

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University hosted the 62nd Annual South African Pharmaceutical Student’s Federation (SAPSF) in Port Elizabeth from the 28th of June to the 3rd of July 2015. Read More​​

Physics students win awards at conference

Five UWC students from the Physics Department won awards at the SAIP (South African  Institute of Physics) conference.​ Read More​


UWC the engaged institution: SANBI trains health activists on youtube

UWC the engaged institution: SANBI trains health activists on youtube. Read More

UWC students win the African leg of the the Imperial Barrel Award (IBA)

Our UWC MSc Petroleum Geology team won the African leg of the Imperial Barrel Award a Petroleum Geology competition held in Lagos for the second year in a row. Read More​

Siyambonga Matshawule: Flying the UWC flag as a science ambassador


​Mr Siyambonga Matshawule was awarded an MSc with distinction by UWC  last year. Read More

Accounting students excel in SAICA exam​

The Department of Accounting Congratulates all the UWC Jan 2014 candidates for achieving a 85% pass rate in the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) (17 out of 20 students passed). Read More

The Multilevel Government Initiative (MLGI) at the Community Law Centre launches report on the ranking of South African cities

The MGLI has launched a report on the ranking of South African cities on the basis of their consistency in maintaining high levels of capacity, performance and compliance over the period 2010 to 2014. Read More​

Soldier stationed in Darfur graduates with MPhil in Law


Mfundo Nkosi’s thesis was based on the law of war, and was titled, ‘Inconsistency in the implementation of the responsibility to protect during humanitarian crises: The case of Libya and Sudan’.​ Read More​

Prof Alan Christoffels puts UWC on the world stage


On January 26, 2015 Prof Alan Christoffels, Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute, received exciting news that he was the recipient of the first Hugo African Prize 2015. Read More​

Astrophysics at UWC rocketing to greater heights​


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Faculty of Law students win the national round of Philip Jessup International Moot Competition

On February 2, 2015, Prof Bernard Martin, the Dean of the Law faculty wrote ‘it is with a tremendous sense of almost paternal pride, that I share with you the news that Team 217, that is our team of Kessler Perumalsamy, Toni Dammert, Raeesa Ebrahim and Hendrik Theron won the South African Regional round of the Philip Jessup International Moot Competition’. Read More

Prof Ogunniyi continues to achieve accolades for his life's work


Prof Meshach Ogunniyi, an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Education, has been awarded a distinguished researcher award for his lifetime contributions to science education by America’s National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Read More

The Multilevel Government Initiative (MLGI) in the Community Law Centre contributes to Municipal Audit

On December 11, 2014, the Financial Mail published an article on the Municipal Audit Consistency Barometer, (Mac-B), developed by Dr Derek Powell and a team of researchers from the MLGI at UWC's Community Law Centre. Read More​

The University of the Western Cape boasts three A-Rated researchers in Astronomy


PharmaSea project wins CommNet Award


UWC’s  PharmaSea Project, a prestigious  EU-FP7 funded project, recently won the CommNet Impact Awards in the category "Engaging citizens" and received their accolade at a ceremony in Brussels.​ Read More

Prof Richard Laing, Extraordinary Professor UWC’s School of Public Health (SoPH), awarded the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, administered by the Institute for International Education, has awarded Richard Laing, a professor of Global Health at Boston University School of Public Health and Extraordinary Professor at SoPH, a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, to help develop pharmaceutical policy courses at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Read More​

GOLD AWARD for the Faculty of Dentistry


Earlier this year, the Auditor -General audited all health facilities in the provinces. Read More

MRC approves new Research Unit for the School of Public Health

Following a call for proposals and assessment using international experts, the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) has awarded the UWC School of Public Health’s extramural unit, the ‘SAMRC/UWC Health Services to Systems Research Unit’, with the potential for funding in excess of R 1 million for a year for 15 years.​ Read More

Prof Julia Sloth-Nielsen presents an inaugural lecture at the University of  Leiden, Netherlands 

Prof Sloth-Nielsen, from the Faculty of Law, was invited to the University of Leiden which is home to one of the most prestigious Law Schools in the world, to present an inaugural lecture at the 25th Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Read More​

Zola Mcaciso, Abe Bailey Fellow for the 2014 academic year​

Zola Mcaciso, is a final year Law student at UWC. He is an Allan Gray Candidate Fellow and an alumnus of the South Africa Washington International Program (SAWIP). Read More

Prof Nico Orce beams the UWC/iThemba LABS partnership into CERN

Prof Nico Orce at the ISOLDE facility (CERN)

Prof. Nico Orce, from the Department of Physics, has been invited to give a talk at CERN during the ISOLDE workshop (December 15 – 17, 2014) to present his research work at UWC/iThemba LABS. Read More​

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies hosts collaborative colloquium with focus on the Youth and non-violence


Prof Tamara Shefer from the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies played a lead role in hosting a colloquium on ‘Young people engaging in/for non-violence and equality: challenges, opportunities and constraints.’ Read More​

​School of Pharmacy extends Clinical Pharmacy across the Atlantic

The student exchange partnership between UWC’s School of Pharmacy and West Virginia University as well as the University of Wisconsin, has developed a programme that aims to embed the practice of clinical pharmacy through a partnership with the Western Cape Department of Health. Read More​​

Pharmacy Masters students steal the show​!


At the 35th Conference of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences, two Masters students from the School of Pharmacy took the top and most prestigious honours, the Boehringer Ingelheim Young Scientist Awards in both the categories available. Read More​

Prof Alan Christoffels’ silver merit award creates a high tide for UWC

Prof Alan Christoffels, Director of SANBI and DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Bioinformatics and Public Health Genomics, will be awarded the 2014 Silver Medal for Significant Contribution to Research Capacity Development in the Health Sciences by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) at its award ceremony in October 2014. Read More

DVC (Academic) leads from the front

Prof Ramesh Bharuthram, DVC (Academic) has been appointed to the Board of the South African Space Agency Board (SANSA). Read More

Prof Priscilla Baker:  Distinguished Woman Scientist

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Professor Priscilla Baker, co-head of UWC's SensorLab, in the Department of Chemistry, recently won the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Women in Science Award (WISA). Read More

Staff members fly UWC flag at high-impact conferences and international associations


Dr Juliet Stoltenkamp, Director of the Centre for Innovative Educational and Communication Technologies (CIECT), was invited to Chair a Commission at the Study Trust Thinkers Conference, University of Johannesburg, on October 2, 2014.​ Read More

Faculty of Dentistry leads the way


Faculty of Dentistry leads the way. Read More​

Migrant Labour’s Troubled Past Unpacked in recent publication

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Hostels, Homes, Museum by Dr Noëleen Murray and Prof Leslie Witz. Read More​

Centre for Humanities Research (CHR) hosts exhibition in City Hall


Interruptions: Posters from the Community Arts Project (CAP) Archive, which is on in the City Hall as part of the Open Design Cape Town Festival from August 13 to 23. Read More

UWC: Number One South African Institution for Erasmus Mundus exchanges


Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme is designed to foster institutional co-operation in the field of higher education between the European Union (EU) and Third world Countries through a mobility scheme providing for student and academic exchanges for the purpose of studying, teaching, training and research. Read More

UWC Enactus entrepreneurs develop prize-winning mobile purchasing system​


The national Unilever Sustainable Living Plan (USLP) Enactus Challenge is a competition designed to recognise and reward entrepreneurial student teams in South Africa who created and delivered projects aligned with the goals of the USLP. Read More

CENTALS hosts John Hopkins Collaborating Scholars


The Centre for Teaching and Learning Scholarship (CENTALS) in the School of Nursing, played host to Prof Phyllis W. Sharps and Prof Fannie Gaston-Johansson from Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA. Distinguished Prof Fannie Gaston-Johansson is an Elsie M. Lawler Chair & Director of the Minority Health International Research Training Program (MHIRT) located in the Nursing programme at John Hopkins. Read More

Professor Meshach Ogunniyi featured in Mail and Guardian


Earlier this year, we congratulated Prof Mesach Ogunniyi on his life time SAARMSTE award. Read More​

Prof Alan Christoffels' unique African focus on Bioinformatics​


Prof Alan Christoffels, Director and DST/NRF SARChI Chair in Bioinformatics and Public Health Genomics, wrote an article on Bioinformatics that was featured in the Innovation magazine.​ Read More​

Prof Nico Steytler ​advises Yemen's Constitutional Drafting Committee

From left to right: Dr Nihal Naji Saleh AlAwlaqi (second duty chairperson CDC), Dr Maeen AbdulMalik Saeed (rapporteur CDC), Prof Nico Steytler, Ismail Ahmed AwWazeer (chairperson CDC).

In July, Professor Nico Steytler, the South African Research Chair in Multilevel Government, Law and Policy, based at the Community Law Centre was appointed by the United Nations Department of Political Affairs as a short term expert to support the Yemeni Constitution Drafting Committee. Read More​

Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in Nursing for Prof Karien Jooste


Prof Karien Jooste, Director of the School of Nursing (SoN), was inducted into the Forum of University Deans of South Africa (FUNDISA)’s Hall of Fame for Research Excellence in Nursing. Read More

Centre for Teaching and Learning Scholarship (CENTALS) take the lead!


The School of Nursing received the Award for Academic Scholarship and Research from Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) earlier in 2014. Read More​

Is Public Trust in Universities declining in South Africa? Dilemmas and Paradoxes – the presentation by HESA’s CEO

UWC was honoured and privileged to host a presentation in a nationwide series by Dr Jeffrey Mabelebele, the CEO of Higher Education South Africa (HESA). Read More​

I​nnovation @UWC showcased at Budget vote​

In response to a request from the National Intellectual Property Management Office (NIPMO), UWC’s Technology Transfer Office (TTO) organised and co-ordinated an exhibition of a number of science-based technologies emanating from UWC at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) Budget Vote event held in Cape Town on 22 July 2014. Read More

UWC’s Dr Venicia McGhie awarded the esteemed Fulbright post-doctoral scholarship for 2014/2015​​

Dr Venicia McGhie, from the Academic Development Department in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty, is a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Post-doctoral scholarship for 2014/2015. Read More

Prof Antjie Krog continues to excel!

​Prof Antjie Krog’s most recently published book, Conditional Tense- Memory and Vocabulary after the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission book focuses on  South Africa entered democracy in 1994, a radiant optimism suggested a bright future for the new, unified country. Read More

UWC Marine Biologist Prof Mark Gibbons awarded top honours for contributions to marine science in Southern Africa


Held every three years, the Southern African Marine Science Symposium (SAMSS) attempts to bring together marine scientists from across southern Africa to present their research to the broader marine science community. Read More​

Computer Boffins win international competition​


Earlier this year we congratulated the UWC computer boffins for winning the African leg of the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) competition and wished them well for their training in Texas in the USA in preparation for the International Competition in Leipzig.​ Read More

​Professor Bruno Pollet appointed to boards of prestigious associations


Professor Bruno G. Pollet, Professor of Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cell Technologies and Director of the National DST Hydrogen South Africa (HySA) Systems Competence Centre joined UWC in 2012. Read More


CIECT participates in a project aligned to the national policy on post-school education


The Western Cape Government, in partnership with the City of Cape Town will launch an Interactive Community Access Network (ICAN) Centre in Elsies River, as part of its larger broadband plan to “connect communities across the province over the next three years” to which R1.3.billion has been allocated for the period. Read More


The work of the novelist Nuruddin Farah examined in a publication by Dr Fiona Moolla

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In her recently published book, Reading Nuruddin Farah, Dr Moolla, from the Department of English,  examines the work of the Somali novelist, Nuruddin Farah, who is one of the most important African writers. Read More


Prof Anthea Rhoda heads a team that aims to strengthen the responsiveness to Primary Health Care Services in the Western Cape

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Prof Anthea Rhoda and Dr Lucia Hess-April were invited to take part in a Community-based Rehabilitation Colloquium hosted by the University of Cape Town’s Disability Studies Programme on behalf of the Western Cape Government: Health Sector. Read More


Prof Bill Tucker appointed as Associate Editor


Prof. Bill Tucker was recently appointed Associate Editor of Information Technologies and International Development (ITID), an open access journal published by USC Annenberg Press. Read More


SANBI at the forefront of demystifying the tsetse fly​


In another triumph for South African biomedical research, researchers at UWC’s, South African Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), with their local and international collaborators, have sequenced the tsetse fly genome.​ Read More​

Seminar at UWC is a pioneer platform for the unpacking of the White Paper for Post School Education and Training​


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On Tuesday 13 May 2014, the Institute for Post-School Studies hosted a seminar on the White Paper for Post-School Education and Training (2013).​ Read More​


International Recognition for Prof Lisa Wegne​r

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Prof Lisa Wegner, Chairperson of the Department of Occupational Therapy, was recently selected by the Society for Prevention Research (SPR) in the USA to receive the 2014 International Collaborative Prevention Research Award. Read More​


Prof Mazvimavi invited to address the General Assembly of the prestigious International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics in the Czech Republic

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Prof Dominic Mazvimavi, the Director of the Institute for Water Studies has been nominated and invited to deliver a Union Lecture at the 26th General Assembly of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) ( Read More

An edited book on a collective project by the Linguistics Department wins Arts Teaching and Learning Team Teaching Award

Language, Society and Communication is a southern African introduction to linguistics, language and communication which aims to introduce students to key, established linguistic concepts and theories and link these to our rich linguistic heritage as well as contemporary issues in society and the media, including new social media. Read More

Prof Christo De Coning sports the Tim Noakes Award

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Extraordinary Professor Christo de Coning from the Interdisciplinary Centre of Excellence for Sport Science and Development (ICESSD at UWC), recently received the 2013 Tim Noakes Award for Science and Research from the Western Cape Provincial Government.

First Master in Nanoscience degree conferred at UWC on 14 March 2014

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The graduation ceremony on March 14 2014 marked a historic moment for inter-university collaboration in South Africa, when the new MSc degree in Nanoscience was awarded to the first cohort of students completing this unique degree. Read More

2014 cohort of Accounting students excel in Initial Test of Competence (ITC)​




The Department of Accounting Congratulates all the UWC Jan 2014 candidates for achieving a 92% pass rate in the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) (12 out of 13 students passed). Read More​


UWC Earth Science students eliminate competitors to win the 2014 Imperial Barrel Award (IBA): Africa Region

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On an annual basis, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) conducts a student education program worldwide. This program is entitled “AAPG Imperial Barrel Award"(IBA). Read More

Empowering communities in wireless network provision

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A research project into community-owned and run rural wireless networks led by PhD candidate Carlos Rey-Moreno and supervised by Prof. Bill Tucker at UWC’s Department of Computer Science, was recently awarded €90 000 (about R1.2 million) from the European Commission FP7 (The Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union for the funding of research and technological development).

Centre for Humanities Research makes waves in Brazil


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In October 2013, Prof Premesh Lalu, Director of the Centre for Humanities Research at UWC, was invited to deliver a public lecture at the Universidad Nacional De San Martin (UNSAM) in Buenos Aires as a guest of Professor Carlos Ruta, president of the university.​ Read More​


UWC co-hosts first on-line Masters degree in Medicine Regulatory Sciences




This M.Sc. in Pharmacy Administration and Pharmacy Policy specialising in Regulatory Sciences from The University of the Western Cape and Hibernia College was developed to address the urgent need for trained and skilled professionals working on the regulation of medicines.​​ Read More​


Stellar performance rendered by the South African-German Transnational Centre for Transnational Criminal Justice Class of 2013


A stellar performance is the only appropriate epithet to describe the achievement of the LLM Class of 2013. Read More

Prof Nicky Roman presents at round table discussion on the state of the family in South Africa 


A round table discussion on the state of the family in South African was hosted by the Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO), in collaboration with the National Institute for Crime Prevention and Re‐integration of Offenders (NICRO) and the Department of Social Development, on the 28th of February 2014. Read More


Prof Charlene Africa’s research on female morbidity  in the International Innovation Publication​

Prof Africa, Deputy Dean in the Science Faculty who is making great leaps in fostering significant advances in women’s health​...Read More

Prof Ben Cousins’ research productivity soars in 2013​

Prof Ben Cousins, SARChI Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), had an extraordinarily productive year in 2013.​ Read More

UWC shines at the Fourth Annual Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV-4)​

Prof. Bill Tucker from the Computer Science Department co-chaired the fourth annual Symposium on Computing for Development (DEV-4) with Dr Antoine Bagula of UCT (now also at UWC).​ Read More​

Prof Alan Christoffels’ work on disease prevention in Africa features in the International Innovation Publication




Prof Alan Christoffels , Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) at UWC,  shares some of the details of his laboratory’s work on genomics and the role that he plays as an educator of future scientists. Read More


UWC’s Astrophysics Group rockets with 81 publications for 2013



The Astrophysics Group at UWC, headed by Prof Roy Maartens, who is UWC’s first ever, NRF A-rated scientist, produced 81 refereed journal papers (in journals with impact factors from 3 to 8) for 2013. Read More​

Prof John Williams interviewed by Chilean television while lecturing at Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile​


Prof Williams has,  since 2007, been a member of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA).​ Read More


New York University (NYU) hosts Dr Birgit Schreiber​



Dr Birgit Schreiber, Director of the Centre for Student Support Services, was invited to visit New York University in February 2014 to share her insights on the professional development of Student Affairs from a South African perspective. Read More​



Emeritus Prof Bertie Neethling publishes a translation from Xhosa into Afrikaans



Prof Bertie Neethling, a former departmental chairperson of the Department of Xhosa and is an Emeritus Professor in the Faculty of Arts. Read More


Prof Bruno Pollet appointed to the Board of Directors of the International Association for Hydrogen Energy (IAHE)


The International Association for Hydrogen Energy strives to advance the goal of abundant clean energy for human consumption. Read More


Think Tanks produce two publications for Prof Ernst Conradie


Prof Ernst Conradie is the Chairperson of the Department of Religion and Theology in the Faculty of Arts. Read More


Bon voyage to Prof Ciraj Rassool as Visiting Professor to Sciences Po, Paris




Prof Ciraj Rassool, from the Department of History, in the Faculty of Arts,  has been invited to spend three weeks at Sciences Po in Paris, as a visiting professor. This prestigious appointment was offered to Prof Rassool by the international Affairs Division of Sciences Po....Read More


UWC-Penn State University (PSU) engage in the initial phase of a Prevention Science Collaborative (PSC) Programme



For the past few years Prof Lisa Wegner, from the Department of Occupational Therapy and Mr Joachim Jacobs from the HIV and AIDS Programme at UWC, have been attending the Prevention Research Conference which is hosted by the Society for Prevention Research (SPR), in the USA....Read More


Life Time Achievement Award for Professor Meshach Ogunniyi


Prof Meshach Ogunniyi, of the School of Science and Mathematics Education, Faculty of Education, received a Life Time Achievement Award for his meritorious service to the Southern African Association for Research in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education, (SAARMSTE), at its conference in January 2014. The conference was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. This is the second time in the history of the association that such a prestigious award has been bestowed on a member.........Read more


UWC student computer boffins victorious at National Computer Cluster Competition and head to Texas to prepare for the International Competition


The Dean of the Science Faculty, Professor Mike Davies-Coleman, is ecstatic about the achievement of this group of students and indicated that he would prefer their voices to be heard through their story, which they had submitted to him. The team leader, Eugene de Beste, unfolded the events leading to their remarkable achievement , expressed in some excerpts from his submission.......Read more

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