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Western Cape Education

Education in the Western Cape brought to you by Conference Venues South Africa including information on the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and the University of the Western Cape.

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The Western Cape is the most highly educated province with highly skilled workers in comparison to any other African region. The high school graduation is higher than any other province at around 80%, higher. The region also boasts three internationally acclaimed universities: Stellenbosch University, the University of the Western Cape and the University of Cape Town.

University of Cape Town - Education in the Western Cape

The University of Cape Town is a public university founded in 1829 as the South African College and is the oldest university in South Africa.

University of Cape Town Campus
The main teaching campus is located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devil's Peak. The campus contains the faculties of Humanities, Science, Engineering and Commerce, as well as residences. The Lower, Middle and Upper Campuses together are referred to as the Rondebosch campus. The Middle and Lower Campuses contain most of the university administrative offices, most of the student residences, the South African College of Music,various sporting facilities and the Law faculty. The University's original building on the Hiddingh campus, was built in the Egyptian Revival style. The UCT Graduate School of Business is located on the Breakwater Campus at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.

University of Cape Town History
The University of Cape Town’s roots lie in the establishment of the South African College in 1829. In 1874, the tertiary education section split off into the University. The younger students into the South African College Schools. The University located to the Groote Schuur Estate campus in 1928. UCT consistently opposed apartheid with 1987 particularly seeing  numerous clashes between students and police. The presence of police on campus was censored by the government. 24 April 1987 marked the first time since 1972 that police services had suppressed a demonstration at a white university.

Stellenbosch University - Education in the Western Cape

Stellenbosch University designed and manufactured Africa's first microsatellite, SUNSAT, launched in 1999. Students are also nicknamed Maties. Some claim the name arises from their maroon rugby colors. It is more likely to come from the Afrikaans colloquialism maat, originally used diminutively by the students of the University of Cape Town's precursor, the South African College.

History of Stellenbosch University
The roots of the university can be traced to the Stellenbosch Gymnasium in 1866, which became the Stellenbosch College in 1881. It was located at the current Arts Department and renamed Victoria College in 1887. Later acquiring university status on 2 April 1918 it was renamed once again - to Stellenbosch University.

Stellenbosch University Facilities and Services
 Stellenbosch University has a Conservatory, including two concert halls. It also has a 430 seater theatre, and open air amphitheatre. These facilities are also accompanied by the university's own drama department. The department regularly puts on musicals, dramas, productions, cabarets and plays. The Langenhoven Students' Centre houses the Student Representative Council, a cinema, a food court,  a post office, a shopping centre, an advice office and all the student societies offices. The university also distributes two regular publications, appearing every fortnight.

University of the Western Cape - Education in the Western Cape

The University of the Western Cape is a university located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town. Established in 1960, as a university for Coloured people only, a direct effect of the Separate University Education Bill of 1957. Coloured students were only allowed at a few non-white universities. Just before the end of apartheid in South Africa in 1994, it was integrated into a multiracial institution.

University of the Western Cape History
A great deal of the teaching staff was white in its first years of its existence with many of the lecturers coming from the University of Stellenbosch. The language in most lectures was Afrikaans. The university started as a small institution in the first year. 166 students were enrolled, and the teaching staff numbered 17. In 1970, the institution gained official university status.


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