University of the Western Cape

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University of the Western Cape
founding 1959
Sponsorship state
place Cape Town
country South Africa
Rector and Vice Chancellor Tyrone Pretorius
Students 19,590

The University of the Western Cape ( Afrikaans : Universiteit van Wes-Kaapland ; English: University of the Western Cape ), UWC for short , is a state university in Bellville , a district of Cape Town in the South African province of Western Cape .

The university was opened during apartheid on November 1, 1959 as the University College of the Western Cape for Coloreds , Cape Malay and Griqua and began teaching with 166 students. The founding rector was Jacobus Gerhard Meiring . Chairman of the 13-member College Council ( Council ) of the then rector was Stellenbosch University , Hendrik Bernardus Thom appointed. In 1970, the University College received on the basis of the University of the Western Cape Act ( Act No. 67/1969 ) and Government Notice No. 111 of 16 January (from 1970) the university status. After protests from students and staff, Richard van der Ross, the first non-white rector, was appointed in 1975 , and in 1982 the UWC officially rejected apartheid.


Entrance to the central library of the OWC

The UWC is headed by a Rector and Vice Chancellor. The management also includes two deputy vice chancellors, three managing directors and an auditor. The chancellor has representative and symbolic tasks; The Anglican Archbishop Thabo Makgoba has held the office since 2012 , after Desmond Tutu had served as Chancellor for around 25 years. The management is responsible to the University Council, which sets the guidelines and is responsible for financial planning and academic affairs.

Central campus of the UWC

The university is located in the north of Cape Town on a campus and is divided into five areas: North, South, West, East and Central Campus . The UWC has seven faculties :

The faculties are divided into schools .

Known staff

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Prof. Tyrone Pretorius - Rector and Vice-Chancellor (accessed on August 26, 2017)
  2. a b Annual Report 2012 , accessed on January 1, 2016.
  3. ^ SAIRR : A Survey of Race Relations in South Africa 1969 . Johannesburg 1970, p. 212
  4. ^ SAIRR: A Survey of Race Relations in South Africa 1970 . Johannesburg 1971, p. 244
  5. History , accessed on January 1, 2016.
  6. ^ SAIRR: A Survey of Race Relations in South Africa 1958-1959 . Johannesburg 1960, p. 278
  7. Leadership , accessed January 1, 2016.
  8. Governance Structure , accessed January 1, 2016.
  9. Campus Map , accessed on January 1, 2016.
  10. Faculties , accessed January 1, 2016.
  11. Chris van Rensburg (Red.) Et al., Euridita Publications Ltd. (Ed.): Keys to Progress. Education for South Africa's blacks, mixed race and Indians . Johannesburg [1975], p. 3