The Western Cape has proud heritage when it comes to education with some of the oldest universities in South African making their home in this province and offers graduates many job opportunities. The region’s economy is underpinned by a strong financial and business services sector, followed by manufacturing and farming. Almost 30% of the Western Capes GDP comes from foreign trade with the agriculture and wine exports topping the list. Although the third most populace province in South African the Western Cape scores second only to Gauteng with regards to GDP per capita, making one of the richer provinces in South Africa. Find out more about the universities that make the Western Cape their home.
The University of Cape Town is located in Cape Town’s leafy suburb of Rondebosch. Founded in 1829, UCT boasts being both the oldest University in South Africa as well as one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions. Over the years the University of Cape Town has garnered many accolades including consistently being ranked the highest African university and producing several Nobel Prize winners. UCT’s Commerce, Law, and Medicine Faculties are consistently placed in the top hundred globally.
Stellenbosch University (SU) is located in the picturesque town of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. Founded in 1918, SU is the oldest university in South Africa (in conjunction with UCT). The university has more than 29 000 students and boasts the highest student pass rate in the country. SU is a leading South African tertiary institution based on research output, rated scientists and is recognised internationally as an academic institution of excellence. It offers ten faculties including AgriSciences, Economic and Management Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Engineering, Military Sciences, Arts and Social Sciences, Science, Education, Law and Theology. According to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, SU is one of the top 300 universities in the world.