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President Mun Choi, Rector of Missouri University with Prof Pretorius Rector of UWC and a UWC Nursing student.

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For decades, the University of Missouri South African Education Program (UMSAEP) has delivered on the goal of aiding South Africans disadvantaged by their government’s former apartheid policies. Since 1986, the University of Missouri System has partnered with the University of the Western Cape to advance mutual understanding between the institutions’ Faculties and foster cooperative teaching, research and service projects.

When UWC and the UM System first began their academic co-operation in 1986, UWC was a university established exclusively for ‘Coloured’ students under the apartheid regime. Not surprisingly, it was badly underfunded. Nonetheless, UWC was one of the intellectual centres of the anti-apartheid movement. The co-operative agreement between UWC and the UM System was the first of its kind between a non-white South African university and a U.S. university. Today, UWC operates under a democratic philosophy and has been recognised as the Seventh Best University on the African continent.

In South Africa, the term ‘Coloured’ is used to describe anyone of mixed race and is not considered a derogatory term.

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Dear partners and students,

The International Relations Office at the University of the Western Cape extends our well wishes to you during these uncertain and unprecedented times. Given the current global COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to extend our solidarity with our university partners – with compassion. The University has taken the necessary decision to postpone all inbound and outbound international travel and engagement until further notice.

However, we remain committed to our international partners, students and researchers, as well as to the broader society, to utilise our connectedness to offer intellectual contributions that seek to bring a measure of insightful scientific rigour and empathy to all those affected by the crisis. It is together, with unity of purpose and with our diversity and compassion, that we can continue to work with solidarity in service of humanity.

Additional information can be found on the UWC main site


Yours sincerely,

 

Umesh Bawa

Director of International Relations