University of the Western Cape

University of the Western Cape. Photo courtesy jenniever

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) celebrates a half-century of academic dedication in 2010. UWC played an important role in South Africa’s anti-apartheid struggle and, over the past 50 years, has been in the vanguard of South Africa’s historic change, playing an academic role in building an equitable and dynamic nation.

UWC’s primary focus has been on providing access to and equity in quality higher education. Over the years the institution has forged extensive practical engagement in helping the historically marginalised participate fully in the life of the nation.

In 1959 the University College of the Western Cape was established for the coloured people of South Africa and the first group of 166 students was officially enrolled in 1960. Students were offered limited training so they could take up low- to mid-level positions in schools, the civil service and other institutions that served a separated coloured community. In 1970 the institution gained university status and could award degrees and diplomas.

UWC boasts its own railway station, called Unibell, located on the southern boundary of the campus, and train services that run from Cape Town and Bellville.

There are three campuses at UWC. The main campus is in Bellville, in the Cape metropolitan area close to Cape Town International Airport. The other two campuses – clinical and teaching facilities for dentistry and oral health – are located in Tygerberg Hospital and Mitchell’s Plain.

The university offers more than 200 degree, diploma and certificate programmes in a wide variety of subjects that fall under the faculties of arts, community and health, dentistry, economic and management sciences, education, law and natural science.

UWC welcomes visitors from Mondays to Fridays between 08h30 and 16h30. To make arrangements for campus visits, contact the university on +27 (0)21 959 3341 or Trish Bam on +27 (0)21 959 3342.

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