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Tri-Continental Partnership

The Tri-Continental Partnership is a strategic relationship between UWC, the University of Missouri (UM) and Ghent University (UGent). The partnership between UWC and UM has existed for 34 years, while UGent and UWC have been engaging in collaboration for 18 years in the framework of the successful 10-year Programme on Dynamics of Building a Better Society (DBBS).

The three universities have extended their bilateral connections into a trilateral partnership, thus enhancing collaboration, from the early Memorandum of Agreement being signed in 2013 at UWC. Many joint research and scholarly engagements have been undertaken over the years. The key domains in this collaboration are Linguistics, Plant Sciences and Public Health, Astronomy, Neurosciences, Law, Humanities and Urban Planning and Psychology.

The University of Missouri System

For decades, the University of Missouri South African Education Programme (UMSAEP) has delivered on the goal of aiding South Africa’s disadvantaged, starting with divesting from its government’s support for the former apartheid policies. Since 1986, the University of Missouri System has partnered with UWC to advance mutual understanding between the institutions’ faculties and foster cooperative teaching, research and service projects.

When UWC and the UM System first began their academic co-operation, UWC was a university established exclusively for ‘coloured’ students under the racist apartheid regime.

From that humble beginning, UWC, in partnership with continental and international partnerships, has grown in strength. True to its DNA of being an intellectual centre of the anti-apartheid movement, it has leveraged this social justice foundation to lead in scholarly engagement, both on the continent and globally. UWC has done well in the World University Rankings, placing seventh in the Best University on the African continent. The Times Higher Education ranking for the impact of its research and global contribution has seen it enjoying a placement in the top 300 institutions worldwide.

SANORD – Southern African-Nordic Centre

SANORD is a network that brings together Nordic and Southern African institutions of higher education for research, dialogue and joint endeavours, based on shared fundamental values of democracy, social equity and academic engagement.

It promotes opportunities for research and mobility between the 50 partner institutions in the network. The network seeks to address new local and global challenges related to innovation and development. The SANORD Central Office is located at UWC and is a branch of the International Relations Office.

Ghent University

UWC enjoys a strategic institutional partnership with Ghent University, which ranks as a global top 100 university and one of the major universities in Belgium. UWC offers a joint PhD with Ghent University in the Arts and Humanities, among other faculties. Ghent University’s 11 faculties offer more than 200 courses and conduct in-depth research within a wide range of scientific domains.

The partnership with Ghent University was featured in UWC's Signals magazine (edition 2), CLICK HERE to read more...

Vrije University Brussels (VUB)

UWC enjoys a close and vibrant partnership with the 180-year-old VUB, which prides itself to have helped build a better society; as an innovative, free enquiring and critical thinking university. VUB’s values mirror those of UWC - criticality, a democratic approach and the pursuit of social justice in service to humanity. The domain of Digital Sciences is a shared collaborative interest with VUB.