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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 has devised a comprehensive plan to ensure that students complete the 2020 academic year. However, our research revealed a harsh reality - 30% of our 24 000-strong student body did not have access to devices like laptops, or even to data, while on lockdown at home.

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

Research Week 28 September - 1 October 2021

Learning and Teaching

UWC Academic Week 2021 Review

Community Engagement 

During the lockdown, UWC’s Community Engagement Unit partnered with Change Agents South Africa to provide relief to communities in need.

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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