University of the Western Cape


The University of the Western Cape, in short UWC, is a public institute situated in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. This university has a history of creative struggle against discrimination, oppression, and disadvantage. Among academic institutions, this institute has been in the vanguard of South Africa's historical change, performing a unique educational role in serving to build an equitable and vibrant nation. The university's key concerns with access, quality and equity in higher education arise from broad practical engagement in assisting the historically marginalized contribution to the nation's life.

This institution is a national university. The University of the Western Cape is alert to the international and its African context as it strives to be a place to grow and a place of quality. UWC is committed to excellence in learning, teaching and research to cultivate the cultural diversity of South Africa. It responds creatively and critically to the needs of a society in transition. The university is drawing on its proud experience in the liberation struggle; UWC is aware of having a unique academic role in helping build a dynamic and equitable society. 


UWC has a student population of 20,583. The university ensures a pleasant and meaningful student experience by offering an array of amenities and services. SAUS (South African Union of Students) is a student structure that aims to strengthen and consolidate students' views on the enhancement and governance of Higher Education and Training in South Africa. This union is committed to building an equitable, unified, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic, well-governed education system.

Student Sports Council builds and profiles the image of the University of Western Cape through the support of both campus recreation and competitive sports. UWC's Sports Department support this council. All Sports clubs at the university are committed to supporting sports administrators and helping them fulfil their leadership responsibilities. 


Housing is available to all students at the recently built private Kocvacs UWC Student Village. In partnership with the University of the Western Cape, this student village has an established reputation for accommodating students while offering dependable services and a suitable nurturing space on the university grounds. In this housing, students reside in a secure, supportive and well-maintained environment.


Following are the global rankings of UWC.

  • By Q.S. World Ranking, the University of the Western Cape ranks 1001-1200.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of the Western Cape ranks 601-800.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the University of the Western Cape at 729.


University of the Western Cape
Robert Sobukwe Road, Bellville, Cape Town, 7535

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