Who we are
Pillar Seven is a digital learning platform developed by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) that aims to bring relevant Continuing Education courses (also known as ‘short courses’), and, in future, Mainstream programmes to learners, students, workers and professionals from all walks of life.
Whether you are wanting to develop your career, upskill in a specific area or require continuing professional development (CPD), Pillar Seven has a Continuing Education course or Mainstream programme to suit your needs. With courses designed and developed during this new era of digital transformation, students will be ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) on completion of their chosen programme.
Spearheaded by UWC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Academic, Professor Vivienne Lawack, Pillar Seven is driven by the need for, and accessibility to, education to address the improvement of teaching and learning in a new era. In keeping with the University’s academic role to build an equitable and dynamic society that addresses transformation at all levels, our courses and programmes are aimed at meeting the ever-changing needs of a diverse student and professional population.
The Pillar Seven name is derived from the University’s legacy as a site for academic excellence and strength through adversity. Based on UWC’s seven faculties across a range of academic disciplines, Pillar Seven goes further by introducing a new, more connected way of learning with the aim of providing stepping stones to bridge the gap between skills and knowledge required for the 4IR and beyond.
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