University of Missouri System


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.

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

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.

Related News


Application for University of Missouri South Africa Education Programme 2021

We are pleased to share the call for proposals for University of Missouri faculty interested in building scholarly collaborations with colleagues at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa.

Animations and Activations: A Workshop Toward Embodying Memory Through Puppets and Plants

On 9 March 2021, the CHR’s Jane Taylor and Aja Marneweck will be participating in the puppetry workshop Animations and Activations with William Ellis (Dept. of Anthropology, UWC) and Marcus Neustetter as part of the Tri-Continental Partnership between the University of Missouri, the University of the Western Cape, and Ghent University.

Tri-Continental Partnership Series on Race and Racism

The Tri-Continental Partnership Series on Race and Racism was a three-part webinar series in October 2020 exploring aspects of race and racism in South Africa, Belgium and the United States.

2020 Faces of Innocence Virtual Gala

Held on July 30 July – 7:00–8:00 PM

Professor Uphoff honored with Award

Professor Uphoff honored with 2020 Midwest Innocence Project’s Justice For The Innocent Award, July 16, 2020

Jakes Gerwell on the University of Missouri South African Education Program

Jakes Gerwell, former professor, rector and vice chancellor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), speaking in 2006 about the decades-long relationship between UWC and the University of Missouri System.

Desmond Tutu on the South African Education Program

Desmond Tutu, former archbishop of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa and former vice chancellor at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), speaking in 2006 about the partnership between UWC and the University of Missouri System.

Gabila Fohtung on the UM/UWC South African Education Program

Gabila Fohtung, a student from the University of the Western Cape, speaking about his exchange with the University of Missouri-Columbia.

UM/UWC: Friends, Not Just Partners

Learn more about the UM/UWC South African Education Program – www.umsystem.edu/president/southafrica

UM/UWC: A Dream Worth Having

Learn more about the UM/UWC South African Education Program – www.umsystem.edu/president/southafrica