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University of the Western Cape

Bellville, Cape Town, South Africa



The former apartheid government founded this historically black institution, located near Cape Town, to serve Coloured South Africans only, but the university embraced a new mission in the 1970s to serve all races and become the intellectual home of progressive forces. Funding supports the Brian O’Connell Visiting African Scholar Fund, which honors its outgoing vice chancellor by bringing scientists and scholars of black African descent to the UWC campus to share research, cutting-edge models and promising innovations.