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29 January 2018
UWC Orientation Week 2018

UWC welcomes new students at Orientation Week 2018 

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is honoured to welcome approximately 4500 first year students at the Orientation programme on Monday 29 January 2018

The institution will also welcome new part-time students on Saturday 2 February 2018 at 09:00 in the Main Hall, followed by orientation and registration.

Rector and Vice-Chancellor Professor Tyrone Pretorius will address students from all faculties, reassuring parents that they have made the right decision.

Pretorius said in 2017 UWC proved how serious we are by graduating a record amount of students who will go on to become change makers. UWC conferred a record number of more than 5000 graduates for 2017, including hundreds of postgraduates and well over 100 PhDs.

Here are some interesting facts below;

UWC by the numbers in 2017:

    1: Former UWC Vice-Chancellor, Prof Brian O’Connell, received the NRF’s highest honour, the NRF Lifetime Achievement Award, for his tireless efforts in promoting science and reason in the lives of many South Africans.

    3 UWC academics received HELTASA National Excellence in Teaching and Learning awards this year for their innovative and effective techniques

    3%: UWC is in the top 3% of research-intensive universities worldwide, according to the 2017 World University Rankings

    10 UWC Alumni have gone on to become Rectors or Vice-Chancellors of South African universities.

    14 SARChI Chairs are held by UWC, providing leadership on everything from Astrophysics to Health Systems Governance to Post-school Education

    20: The number of state-of-the-art school science labs developed by UWC’s Science Learning Centre for Africa in 2017 alone

    102: UWC’s ranking among all 2 500 universities in the BRICS countries (placing it in the top 5 percent)

    2 000: UWC’s Research Repository holds over 2 000 papers by researchers, accessible to anybody in the world

    12 000: The number of students from South Africa and other African countries who have participated in the UWC School of Public Health’s Summer and Winter School since it began

For more information contact the Student Enrolment Unit on 021 959 3279 


*Issued by the University of the Western Cape’s media office.


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