The University of the Western Cape is no stranger to the power of innovation - UWC has had many amazing firsts over the years. It was the first university to be declared Africa’s Greenest Campus, and the first historically disadvantaged university in SA to host a Centre of Excellence. UWC gave South Africa its first hydrogen-powered forklift (and more), first solar-powered ISP owned and run by a rural cooperative and first forensic DNA lab kit.
Last year, COVID-19 disrupted all facets of our lives - including higher education. UWC wasn’t content to rest on its laurels and let the pandemic disrupt our 60th anniversary celebrations - we believe in continuous learning and improvement, after all.
“2020 was a difficult year - but also a year where we all learned a lot about ourselves,” said Professor Tyrone Pretorius. “And what we’ve learned is that UWC is so much more than a bunch of buildings where students go to listen to lecturers. UWC is world-class researchers investigating everything from astrophysics to food security to visual history. UWC is creative students and staff who’ve developed brilliant apps, built successful businesses or written bestselling books. And UWC is an idea - the idea that we can move from hope to action through knowledge.”
For UWC, every challenge - even a global pandemic - is an opportunity to find an innovative solution.
In 2020, with a whole bunch of challenges to solve, UWC brought South Africa several fantastic firsts, in a wide variety of fields - such as...
And that’s just a small sample of UWC’s incredible innovations. Know of any other UWC firsts you’d like to share? Why not let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org?