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South African Education Program

Learn more about the UM System/UWC Linkage Program      Learn more about the South African Partnerships Program      Learn more about the UM System/UWC Student Exchange Program

Learn about UMSAEP at an upcoming symposium

This spring, several UM System campuses will hold symposiums for current and past participants to showcase the UM/UWC partnership and provide information on applying for a UMSAEP grant. The symposium schedule is:

  • UMSL: Friday, April 5, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m., Room 331, Social Science and Business Building
  • MU: Monday, April 8, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Columns D&E, Reynolds Alumni Center
  • UMKC: Thursday, April 11, 3:00 p.m., Room (TBD)


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 (UWC) in Cape Town, South Africa to advance mutual understanding between the institutions' faculties and foster cooperative teaching, research and service projects. More about UMSAEP ...


When UWC and the UM System first began their academic cooperation 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 centers of the anti-apartheid movement. The cooperative 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 non-racial, democratic philosophy and has been recognized as the 7th best university in Africa. View The Most Powerful Weapon to learn more about the story of the University of Missouri South Africa Exchange Program.

*In South Africa, the term "coloured" is used to describe anyone of mixed race and is not considered a derogatory term.

Cape Town Waterfront
Cape Town Waterfront
Table Mountain
Table Mountain near Cape Town

Reviewed 2019-08-05