About the department

Where we’ve come from

The Department of Physiotherapy at the University of the Western Cape has a proud history, going back to the earliest years of the institution. In fact, our current Dean of the Faculty, Professor Anthea Rhoda, was one of the first students to graduate from the Physiotherapy programme at UWC. We are proud that many of our staff members are graduates of this university, who have chosen to return here to help develop the next generation of healthcare professionals for the country.

Where we are

Current (the last year or so)

The University of the Western Cape has committed to developing academics who embrace a scholarship of teaching and learning, always aiming to improve the student-teacher relationship that lies at the centre of the educational process. As we move into an increasingly connected society, the Department of Physiotherapy has also embraced technology-mediated teaching and learning as a way to be prepare our students for a digital age. We not only recognise the importance of clinical knowledge and skills in the South African healthcare system, but the ability to use emerging technologies as part of effective communication with others.

Where we’re going

Our vision and plans for the future

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