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2 The new millennium offers unparalleled opportunities for universities – as centers of knowledge – to play a vital role in addressing the worlds concerns. The Glorion Declaration, 1998

3 MISSION STATEMENT The University of the Western Cape is a national university, alert to its African and international context as it strives to be a place of quality, a place to grow. It is committed to excellence in teaching, learning and research, to nurturing the cultural diversity of South Africa, and to responding in critical and creative ways to the need of a society in transition. Drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle, the university is aware of a distinctive academic role in helping build an equitable dynamic society.


5 The University of the Western Cape in Cape Town, South Africa was established in 1960 by the Extension of Higher Education Act of 1959

6 Number of Students registered in 2008 – 15300

7 Number of International students – 1187 from almost 60 countries Undergraduates in 2008 – 594 Postgraduates in 2008 – 593

8 Spread of international students by Faculty:

9 Arts: 179 Community and Health Sciences: 365 Dentistry: 57 Economic and Management Sciences: 214 Education: 27 Law: 69 Natural Sciences: 276

10 International Academics in 2008 84, in various disciplines


12 First Agreement with international partner: The University of Missouri System, June 1986.

13 Major grants : Over the years some competitive and in collaboration with partner institutions, were obtained from international donors including the following.: DAAD, VLIR, USAID, WK Kellogg Foundation, Carnegie Corporation of New York, NIH, Atlantic Philanthropies, NUFFIC, NUFU, Norwegian Government, SIDA, Mott Foundation and EU.

14 The most active agreements: USA: Missouri, Howard, Wisconsin-Madison, Bard College, Gordon College, Michigan State Europe: Utrecht University, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Free University of Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp, Hogeschool Arnhem and Nijmegen, Ruhr Bochum, Humboldt University, Konstanz University, Konstanz Fachhoschule, Bochum, Aix Marceilles, Dordmund, Johannes Kepler University Scandinavia: Bergen, Oslo, Malmö, Linköping, Turku, Åbo Akademie, Oulu, Aarhus, Oslo University College Africa not including South Africa: Zambia, Makarere, National University of Rwanda, Eduardo Mondlane, Reunion

15 Cooperation in a Limited Number of Disciplines: Stanford University; Dalarrna University, Stavanger University, Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Dordmund University, Braunschweig University, Basel University, Reunion University, Friedrich- Alexander University, Bergen University College, Stord Hangesund University College, Karlstad Universiteit, Tromsø University, Essen

16 Mainly Study Abroad (Exchange and Fee-paying) Hobart William Smith Colleges, Arcadia University, Gordon College, American University, Lexia International, Marquette University (including Service Learning), NOHA programme, COREP Programme, Hogeschool Arnhem and Nijmegen (Service Learning), Howard University Winter/Summer Law Programme, University of Missouri-Columbia Winter/Summer Law Programme

17 Recently signed Agreements/ Memoranda of Understanding: Beijing Foreign Studies University, University of Minnesota, University of Peace, Ibadan University, Inholland University


19 There are several examples through which UWC expresses its commitment as an engaged university and in which international partners, their faculty and students have participated or are still participating.:

20 The Dynamics of Building a Better Society (DBBS) programme in collaboration with four Flemish universities is funded by the Flemish Inter-University Council (VLIR), and enhances UWCs ability to contribute to development through ongoing commitment to community engagement. The Intercontinental Masters programme in Adult Education, in collaboration with the University of British Columbia, Linköping University and Sydney Technical University, brings some of the worlds best scholars in the field together with Adult Educators working in the communities.

21 UWCs Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) –NetTel@Africa Masters programme in Telecommunications and ICT Policy and Regulation in Africa is jointly offered by UWC and other African and US universities. –Is recognized internationally for its innovative role in the creative application of ICT to teaching, research and community engagement. Boasting the strongest Free and Open Source Software unit in Africa

22 The Theewaterskloof Project involves students from UWC, the Hogeschool Arnheim en Nijmegen, The Netherlands and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, in a major service learning and community placement projects with the communities of Grabouw and Genadendal, South Africa. The Institute for Microbial Biotechnology and Metagenomics (IMBM) at UWC has been studying the microbial ecology of the McMurdo Dry Valley in Eastern Antarctia, the driest, and coldest deserts in the world.

23 Researchers in the IMBM, in collaboration with scientists from Chile, New Zealand, China and the UK, are studying the properties of hyperthermopholic nanoarchaea, tiny parasitic cells in volcanically heated waters from around the world. IMBM researchers have detected nanoarchaeal molecular signatures in hydrothermal samples from China, Tibet, New Zealand, Chile and Ethiopia.

24 The UNESCO Chair in Geohydrology at UWC, focuses on groundwater research and training. Extensive research is conducted on Table Mountain group aquifers, while the training of the African water sector is conducted through the wide UNESCO Chair network linked to various UN agencies, governments, African universities and other stakeholders. The South African National Bioinformatics Institute at UWC is a world renowned health and biotechnology research centre. Together with leading researchers in Japan, US, Australia, UK, Switzerland and Singapore, ground-breaking discoveries help develop solutions to serious health problems in a rapid, innovative and practical manner.

25 The South African Herbal Science and Medicine Institute: Scientists form the UWC and Missouri University Medical School created The International Centre for Indigenous Phytotherapy Studies (TICIPS), funded by the National Institute for Health (NIH) in the USA, as the only one of its kind in the world. The Centre brings together a distinguished team of traditional healers, clinical, herbal and human scientists in a unique partnership and examines traditional knowledge systems about indigenous medicines, seeking innovative solutions for critical illnesses, such as HIV, TB, Malaria, Cancer and Diabetes.

26 The Hydrogen Energy and Fuel Cells programme in the African Institute for Advanced Material Chemistry at UWC, is the only significant research unit of its kind in the country, and is recognized as the national flagship hub in alternative energy. In South Africa, the research for alternative energy source is being spearheaded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).

27 Since 2000 the UWC School of Public Health has been a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for research and teaching in human resources for health, particularly to meet training and capacity development demands from African countries. The UWC Faculty of Dentistry has been designated WHO Collaborating Centre for 12 years now and an integral part of its mission is to improve oral health on the African continent.

28 Contact details: Jan Persens, Ph D, Director of International Relations;; Tel: +27-21-959-3340/2884; Fax: +27-21-9592655;


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