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Rector's Office

​From graduating from the University of the Western Cape (UWC) to taking up the role of the institution’s seventh Rector and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tyrone Brian Pretorius’ extensive knowledge of UWC and his leadership experience in higher education in South Africa and abroad, has provided him with invaluable insights to help UWC attain its Vision for 2030 through the Rector’s Office.
Professor Tyrone Brian Pretorius
The Rector’s Office is responsible for driving UWC’s 2030 Vision as a research-intensive, public institution focused on creating “a vibrant intellectual space where people engage with matters of real significance at the highest levels of competence”. The Office also enables the university community to realise UWC’s Mission to be a national university that is alert to its African and international context and that “strives to be a place of quality, and a place to grow from hope to action through knowledge”.

The Mission clearly communicates the university and the Office’s continued commitment “to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the needs of a society in transition”, while drawing on UWC’s “proud experience in the liberation struggle”, and the distinctive academic role UWC plays in helping to build an equitable and dynamic society. The Institutional Operating Plan 2021-2025 provides the framework through which our Vision and Mission are realised.
The Vision is supported by three core goal areas focused on: The implementation of these core goal areas is the responsibility of the offices of the university’s three Deputy Vice-Chancellors and their respective directorates.

The three core goal areas are underpinned by five enabling goal areas dealing with UWC’s People Framework; Financial Viability; the enhancement of its Standing and Profile; the Development of the Surrounding Campus and Surrounding Areas; and Leadership, Management and Governance.
Prof Pretorius (read his biography here) together with the rest of UWC’s management team are tasked with ensuring that UWC implements and delivers on the objectives encapsulated in its Vision, Mission and IOP via the Rector’s Office. 

The Rector’s Office is also responsible for building strategic, collaborative and mutually beneficial relationships with government departments, donors, corporate organisations, and other universities.

Click here to read Prof Pretorius' inaugural speech

Units and Programmes of the Rector's Office

The Department of Institutional Advancement (IA) is responsible for fundraising, institutional events management, alumni and stakeholder relationships as well as providing marketing and communication services to the University of the Western Cape.
Institutional Advancement logo
The department supports the university's teaching, research and community engagements in five ways: 
1. Providing quality marketing materials that enhance the institution's standing and profile both locally and globally;
2. Promoting and maintaining the institution’s image online through its website and social media platforms;
3. Responding in a timely manner to requests for information from the media and the general public;
4. Forging partnerships with corporate and civic organisations, and
5. Maintaining relationships with the university's alumni.

Professor Anesh Maniraj Singh
Position: Director - Institutional Advancement
Email Director's Office - Natasha Dreyer:

Mr Gasant Abarder
Position: Manager - Media, Marketing and Communications / University Spokesperson
Phone: +27 21 959 4094

Ms Vera Adams
Position: Manager - Fundraising and Donor Relations
Click HERE for more info about Fundraising and Donor Relations

Ms Nashira Davids
Position: Editor - Media, Marketing and Communications
Phone: +27 21 959 2625

Mr Niven Maree
Manager - Alumni Relations
Click HERE for more info about Alumni Relations

Ms Amanda Philander
Position: Manager - Events and Operations

Mr Essa Sadien
Position: Manager - Finance and Administration

Media Office
Tel: +27 21 959 3637
Institutional Advancement senior managers
The Institutional Advancement senior managers are: (left to right) Gasant Abarder, Nashira Davids, Professor Anesh Maniraj Singh, Niven Maree, Amanda Philander, Essa Sadien and Vera Adams.

The Institutional Planning Office (IP) is responsible for managing and coordinating various institutional functions such as:
1) Infrastructure and enrolment planning;
2) Quality assurance;
3) HEMIS reporting;
4) Student enrolment management;
5) Institutional research;
6) Business intelligence;
7) DHET grant coordination and reporting, and
8) Leadership support.

Ms Loïs Dippenaar

Position: Institutional Planner

vacant position: Director - Institutional Planning

Dr Elizabeth Archer
Director - Institutional Research

Vincent Morta
Position: Consultant - Quality Assurance and MIS

The International Relations Office (IRO) aims to serve as a liaison and facilitation for the advancement of strategic partnerships and internationalisation within and external to the UWC campus community.

The IRO vision is to be recognised as the axis of international linkages within UWC, through premier collaborations, partnerships and programmes.

Internationalisation is the active commitment to infuse African and international perspectives throughout teaching, learning, research and service missions of the University.

The goal of UWC’s internationalisation strategy is to partner with institutions across various research and academic programmes to build on existing scholarship, produce new knowledge and address global challenges facing humanity. This includes building resilient North-South partnerships, co-operative engagements that enhance the quality of knowledge production and develop socially-responsive scholars committed to transforming the lives of the vulnerable and marginalised.

Mr Umesh Bawa

Position: Director - International Relations


The Proctor's Office performs a dual function: 
1) Review and vet university contracts with third parties including amendment or drafting thereof, if necessary. 
2) Register, investigate complaints against students and prosecute students in Student Disciplinary Court, if required.

Mr Shervaan Rajie
Director - Legal Services

Ms Shamah Abrahams
Proctor / Legal Advisor

Ms Susa van Dyk

The Student Enrolment Management Unit (SEMU) is a support service which address a range of issues related to undergraduate study at the University of the Western Cape, including Applications; Admissions and Career Pathing among others. 

The UWC Annual Open Day, a highlight on UWC’s annual calendar, is an event managed by SEMU.

If you have any questions about what to study at UWC or how to apply and if you would like to speak with an advisor, please connect with us as follows:
Facebook: @UWCFutureStudents
Instagram: @uwc_future_students
Twitter: @FutureUwc
Tel: 021 959 2405

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