University of Kwazulu-Natal

          University of Kwazulu-Natal

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University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

University of Durban-Westville was established in the 1960s as the University College for Indians on Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. Student numbers throughout the 1960s were low as a result of the Congress Alliances’ policy of shunning apartheid structures. This policy gave way in the 1980s to a strategy of “education under protest” which sought to transform apartheid institutions into sites of struggle. Student numbers grew rapidly and in 1971, the College was granted University status. The following year, the newly-named University of Durban-Westville moved into its modern campus in Westville and was a site of major anti-apartheid struggle. UDW became an autonomous institution in 1984, opening up to students of all races.

University of KwaZulu-Natal founded in 1910 as the Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg, the University of Natal was granted independent University status in 1949 owing to its rapid growth in numbers, its wide range of courses and its achievements in and opportunities for research. By that time, the NUC was already a multi-campus institution, having been extended to Durban after World War 1. The distinctive Howard College building was opened in 1931, following a donation by Mr T B Davis, whose son Howard Davis was killed during the Battle of Somme in World War I. In 1946, the government approved a Faculty of Agriculture in Pietermaritzburg and, in 1947, a Medical School for African, Indian and Coloured students in Durban.

The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first batch of South African institutions to merge in 2004 in accordance with the government’s higher educational restructuring plans that will eventually see the number of higher educational institutions in South Africa reduced from 36 to 21. Confirmed by a Cabinet decision in December 2002, the mergers are the culmination of a wide-ranging consultative process on the restructuring of the Higher Education Sector that began in the early 1990s.

VISION
To be the Premier University of African Scholarship.

MISSION
A truly South African university that is academically excellent, innovative in research, critically engaged with society and demographically representative, redressing the disadvantages, inequities and imbalances of the past.

PRINCIPLES AND CORE VALUES
The University aspires to be a positively transformed institution based on a clear understanding of its goals for broad and comprehensive change underpinned by shared values. These values serve as a framework for all its endeavours.

As the University community we pledge ourselves to:

  1. Actively encourage and respect the right of all scholars, staff and students to engage in critical inquiry, independent research, intellectual discourse and public debate in a spirit of responsibility and accountability, in accordance with the principles of academic freedom and institutional autonomy.
  2. Promote access to learning that will expand educational and employment opportunities for all.
  3. Embrace our responsibility as a public institution to support and contribute to national and regional development, and the welfare and upliftment of the wider community, through the generation and dissemination of knowledge and the production of socially-responsible graduates.
  4. Conduct ourselves according to the highest ethical standards, and provide education that promotes an awareness of sound ethical practice in a diverse society.
  5. Manage and run our institution in conscious awareness of the environment, and foster a culture of responsible, ethical and sustainable use of natural resources.
  6. Ensure effective governance through broad and inclusive participation, democratic representation, accountability, and transparency that serves as an example that contributes to building the democratic ethos of our country.
  7. Acknowledge the value of the individual by promoting the intellectual, social and personal well-being of staff and students through tolerance and respect for multilingualism, diverse cultures, religions and social values, and by fostering the realisation of each person’s full potential.

GOALS
The goals of the University are:

  1. African-led Globalisation:
    To promote African-led globalisation through African scholarship by positioning the University, through its teaching, learning, scholarship, research, and innovation, to enter the global knowledge system on it.
  2. Responsible Community Engagement:
    To contribute through knowledge to the prosperity and sustainability of our province, and to nation-building, by connecting with and committing ourselves to the communities we serve in a manner that adds value and earns their respect, admiration and trust.
  3. Pre-eminence in Research:
    To build a research ethos that acknowledges the responsibility of academic staff to nurture its postgraduate students, and to be a pre-eminent producer of new knowledge that is both local and global in context, and defines UKZN as the premier university of African scholarship.
  4. Excellence in Teaching and Learning: To promote excellence in teaching and learning through creative and innovative curriculum design and development, pedagogical strategies, and assessment
    practices in accordance with the highest quality management principles.
  5. Institution of Choice for Learners:
    To establish the University as an institution of choice that values students in all their diversity and has a student-centred ethos, providing students with curricula, teachers, infrastructure and support services designed around their needs and producing well-educated, competent, sought-after graduates.
  6. Institution of Choice for Staff:
    To establish the University as an institution of choice that attracts and retains academic and support staff of the highest calibre by creating an intellectual environment that fosters and stimulates academic life, and a climate of organisational citizenship in which all staff recognise and understand their role in ensuring the success of the University.
  7. Efficient and Effective Management:
    To establish and maintain efficient, effective management systems and processes that provide a caring and responsive service to meet internal and external needs in a pragmatic and flexible manner.

Campuses

From the mountain vistas of the Drakensberg to the wild reaches of Maputaland, KwaZulu-Natal is a province of contrasts. The University of KwaZulu-Natal offers prospective students the choice of five campuses, each with its own distinctive character.

Edgewood

Formerly the Edgewood College of Education before its incorporation in 2001, the Edgewood campus in Pinetown is the University’s primary site for teacher education and the home of the University’s School of Education. Situated in Pinetown with easy access to the N3 highway and approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Durban, the campus offers sophisticated and attractive facilities to a growing number of Education students and is close to all major amenities.. The School provides initial and in-service teacher education and offers university higher degrees in a wide range of specialisms in education as well as carrying out research and consultancy. The School is actively engaged with policy-making in education in South Africa and contributes to the international profile of the university through participation in international conferences, teaching international students, hosting international visitors and publishing in international books and journals.

Directions to Edgewood Campus

Howard College

Durban is a vibrant coastal city renowned for its beaches, coastal resorts and the Moses Mabhida Stadium. The city is also a major South African port. The magnificent game reserves and estuaries of Maputaland, north of Durban, are a favourite getaway for staff and students alike. Opened in 1931 following a generous donation by Mr T B Davis, whose son Howard Davis was killed during the Battle of Somme in World War I, the Howard College campus is situated on the Berea and offers spectacular views of the Durban harbour. The campus is situated in a successful environmental conservancy and the lush gardens of the University reflect a commitment to indigenous flora and fauna. The Howard College Campus currently offers a full range of degree options in the fields of Science (including Geography and Environmental disciplines), Engineering, Law, Management Studies, Humanities (including Music) and Social Sciences (including Social Work). In addition, the campus offers Architecture and Nursing.

Directions to Howard College

Medical School

Medical School has been producing quality doctors for 54 years. Founded in 1950 as a “black faculty” in a “white institution”, for most of its history, the School has been synonymous with the struggle for democracy and racial equality. On its 50th anniversary in 2000, the Medical School received the finest birthday present it could have wished for – the agreement of former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, to link his name to the school. The campus is also home to the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute which was launched in July 2003, and which will train a new generation of clinical researchers, enhance the clinical research infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal, and foster collaborations between research groups working on similar projects in South Africa and other countries.

Directions to Medical School

Pietermaritzburg

Pietermaritzburg is located in the centre of the scenic Natal Midlands, close to numerous nature reserves and parks, only one hour’s drive from Durban and two hours’ drive from the Drakensberg. The city has a rich architectural heritage, with many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The city is the birthplace of the former University of Natal and its forerunner, the Natal University College, which opened its doors to 57 students in 1910. Two years later, Old Main Building was completed and the hub of the present-day PMB campus was established. The campus offers a wide range of innovative academic programmes, which have been successful in responding to local and provincial needs in the broad areas of Science and Agriculture, Education, Law, Human and Management Sciences. Unique to the Pietermaritzburg campus are the disciplines of Agriculture, Theology and Fine Art.

Directions to PMB Campus

Westville

Located within an environmental conservancy about 8 kilometres from the CBD of Durban and Pinetown, the Westville campus combines state of the art infrastructure with beautiful natural surroundings. The campus’s Hindu temple and an Islamic place of worship reflect its rich multicultural history. It is also the official address of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, housing the Vice-Chancellor’s office, the offices of Executive members and University-wide administrative divisions. The campus currently offers programmes in Science, Engineering, Law, Commerce and Management, Humanities, Social Sciences and Health Sciences. As the merged institution takes shape, the Westville campus will be the home of Commerce and Management disciplines and some Health Sciences.

Directions to Westville Campus

COURSES/PROGRAMMES OFFERED

College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

School of Engineering
School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences
School of Chemistry and Physics
School of Life Sciences
School Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science

College of Health Sciences

School of Clinical Medicine
School of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences
School of Health Sciences
School of Nursing & Public Health

College of Humanities

School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics
School of Arts
School of Social Sciences
School of Applied Human Sciences
School of Built Environment and Development Studies
School of Education

College of Law and Management Studies

Graduate School of Business and Leadership
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
School of Law
School of Management, IT and Governance

Short Course

  • Marketing & Sales
  • Operations & Supply Chain
  • Law Courses
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Bridging / Access
  • Business & Management

Contact of University of Kwazulu-Natal

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General Enquiries

Physical Address
Mazisi Kunene Road,
Glenwood
Durban

Postal Address
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban
4041

DBN: +27 31 260 1111
PMB: +27 33 260 5111
or Call +27 31 260 8596 and follow the voice prompts

EDGEWOOD HOWARD COLLEGE  MEDICAL SCHOOL  PIETERMARITZBURG  WESTVILLE
DBN: +27 31 260 1111  |  PMB: +27 33 260 5111  |  or Call +27 31 260 8596 and follow the voice prompts
EMAIL:
education@ukzn.ac.za enquiries@ukzn.ac.za undergrad@ukzn.ac.za enquiries@ukzn.ac.za enquiries@ukzn.ac.za
CAMPUS WIDE ADDRESS
Corner of Richmond &
Marianhill Rd,
PinetownPrivate Bag X03
Ashwood
3605
Mazisi Kunene Road,
Glenwood
DurbanUniversity of KZN
Durban
4041
Umbilo Road
DurbanPrivate Bag 7
Congella
4013
King Edward Avenue
Scottsville
PietermaritzburgPrivate Bag X01
Scottsville
3209
University Road
WestvillePrivate Bag X 54001
Durban
4000