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UWC at a Glance



The University of the Western Cape (UWC) was founded in 1960 and occupies a unique space in the South African higher education landscape. It is a dynamic institution committed to excellence in learning, teaching, research and innovation in a globally competitive environment whilst remaining true to the values and ethos that have shaped its identity as a university rooted in serving the public good.

UWC is home to more than 23 000 students who engage in undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in seven faculties, namely:


There are 2400 academic, professional and support staff employed at the university.