Established in 1959, the University of the Western Cape is a 12 000 student-rich institution with more than 68 departments and over 16 institutes, schools and research centres.
Originally an ethnic college for coloured students, the University of the Western Cape and offers programmes across the faculties of arts, community and health sciences; dentistry; economic and management sciences; education; law; and natural sciences.
Among the sports facilities available are a fully equipped stadium; track and field facilities; racquet sports; cricket oval; rugby and soccer fields; netball courts; basketball courts; a volleyball court and an aquatics centre.
The institution’s Earth Sciences department boasts Applied Geology Lab facilities, Environmental and Water Science Lab facilities, a state of the art Highly Immersive Visualisation Environment and a GEONET Cast Facility.
The University of the Western Cape is located at Robert Sobuke Road, Bellville, Cape Town, 7535 and you can visit University of the Western Cape for more information.
A rural based institution founded in 1960, the University of Zululand‘s main campus is located in the Northern Kwazulu Natal region of Kwadlangezwa with another in Richards Bay as well as other off-campus centres.
Situated near Durban, Unizulu is the only university north of the Uthukela River and offers over 252 accredited degree, diploma and certificate courses in the fields of arts; commerce; administration and law; education; and science and agriculture.
The institution’s Richard’s Bay campus is home to the school of public relations, transport management and hospitality management, aimed at increasing Unizulu’s entrepreneurial and vocational agenda.
The university’s internationally acclaimed Science Centre, which was established over 25 years ago, has been honoured for encouraging interest in science, engineering and technology and boasts over 130 locally and globally produced innovative exhibits.
The University of Zululand’s main campus is situated at 1 Main Road, Vulindleka, Kwa-Dlangezwa, 3886 and you can visit University of Zululand for more information.
Founded in 1922, the University of Witwatersrand is home to the Wits Business School, one of the oldest business schools in South Africa.
Boasting a student body of over 28 000 students, Wits offers courses in the faculties of engineering and the built environment; science; humanities; health science; and commerce, law and management.
Part of the Wits University Cultural precinct, the Wits Arts Museum is just one of the many museums on campus.
The institution’s Institute for Human Evolution is focused on paleontological research and is also home to one of the largest fossil collections this side of the equator.
Notable alumni include Nelson Mandela, Nobel Prize winner Nadine Gordimer, Oliver Thambo and Helen Zille.
The University of Witwatersrand’s main campus is located at 1 Jan Smuts Avenue, Braamfontein, 2000.
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Founded in 2005 following the merger of two technikons Walter Sisulu University has campuses in East London, Butterworth, Queenstown and Mthatha.
With over 24 000 enrolled students, the institution offers programmes across the faculties of science; engineering and technology; health sciences; business, management sciences and law; and education, while a MBCHB programme is also available at the Mthatha campus.
One of six comprehensive universities in the country, Walter Sisulu University is dedicated to urban renewal and rural development.
Recent improvements to the university include a fire station, new residences, a revamped auditorium and great hall, a health sciences facility, a nurse’s lab, resource centres and arobotics workshop.
The institution also boasts award-winning pedigree choirs.
Walter Sisulu University can be contacted at Walter Sisulu University, Private Bag X2, UNITRA, 5117.
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Located in Thohoyandou in Limpopo, the University of Venda for Science and Technology was established in 1982.
Often referred to as Univen, the institution offers courses in the faculties of education; environmental sciences; agriculture; health sciences; human and social sciences; law; management sciences; and mathematical and natural sciences.
Univen is home to the Centre for Rural Development and Poverty Alleviation, which is focused on all features of rural development, including research, teaching and outreach programmes.
The university also boasts the MER Mathiva Centre for African Languages, Arts and Culture dedicated to developing African languages and promoting multilingualism.
The University of Venda for Science and Technology’s primary campus is situated at University Road, Thohoyandou, 0950.
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The Vaal University of Technology is based in Southern Gauteng with its main campus situated in Vanderbiljpark.
The institution is one of the largest universities of technology in South Africa and has a student body of over 21 000.
The Vaal University of Technology offers programmes within the facilities of applied and computer sciences; engineering and technology; human sciences; and management sciences.
The university’s Vanderbiljpark campus boasts a state of the art library, fully equipped lecture halls, laboratories and auditoriums.
The Sebokeng campus, also referred to as Educity, is home to a science and technology park and is the headquarters of the Southern Gauteng regional Innovation Hub.
In 2013 the Engineering Council of South Africa fully accredited the institution’s Secunda campus’s electrical engineering programme.
The University is located at Andries Potgieter Boulevard, Vanderbiljpark and you can visit Vaal University of Technology for more information.
The University of South Africa has a rich history dating back more than 140 years and caters for over 350 000 students in more than 130 countries.
UNISA, in its current formation, is the largest open distance learning university on the continent as well as the longest standing dedicated distance education institution in the world.
The institution offers a wide variety of programmes ranging from short courses and certificate programmes to three and four year degrees and diplomas.
The various courses available at UNISA include those within the schools of accounting sciences; agriculture and environmental sciences; education; human sciences; law; and science.
The university’s is dedicated to raising awareness and preparing to implement sustainable green practices through their Living Green Initiative run by the college of economic and management sciences.
UNISA’s head office is located in Pretoria at Preller Street, although regional offices are situated in all nine South African provinces.
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The Tswane University of Technology is a 60 000 student rich institution with a geographic footprint covering the South African provinces of Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Gauteng and the North-West.
Founded in 2004 as the result of the merger between three technikons, the university offers programmes across the faculties of science; arts; humanities; management sciences; information and communication technology; economics and finance; and engineering and the built environment.
Tswane University of Technology’s has seven campuses: Arts, Arcadia, eMalahleni, Ga-Rankuwa, Mbombela, Pretoria and Soshanguve.
Among the state of the art sports facilities available are two swimming pools; athletics, hockey, cricket, rugby and soccer fields; as well as netball and squash courts.
The university’s department of journalism was ranked as one of the 12 potential centres of excellence in journalism training in Africa by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
Tswane University of Technology is located at Statsartillerie Road, Pretoria.
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Since its inauguration in 1866 the University of Stellenbosch, situated in the scenic country-side of the Western Cape, has been offering courses in English and Afrikaans and has five campuses in Stellenbosch, Bellville and Saldanha.
The 28 000 student-rich institution provides education within the faculties of arts and social sciences; science; education; agri-science; law; theology; economic and management sciences; engineering; health; business; military sciences; and medicine.
The academic excellence establishment is a forerunner in a number of scholarly fields such as animal sciences, mathematical biosciences, wine biotechnology and biomedical tuberculosis research and management.
The University of Stellenbosch’s Tygerberg Campus is home to the institution’s faculty of medicine and health sciences and is affiliated with the Tygerberg Hospital.
The faculty of military sciences is the only one of its kind in South Africa and one of only two in Africa.
The institution lays claim to a variety of notable alumni including Casper de Vries, Naledi Pandor, Beyers Naudè, Riaan Cruywagen, Jo-Anne Strauss, Jan Smuts and CJ Langenhoven.
The University of Stellenbosch’s main campus is located at Stellenbosch Central, 7600.
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Founded in 1904 and situated in the picturesque and historic Eastern Cape town of Grahamstown, Rhodes University is perhaps best known for its unique character and renowned journalism and media department.
Aside from the burgeoning arts programmes, the institution offers internationally recognised degrees in the faculties of humanities, science, commerce, pharmacy, law and education.
Rhodes’ primary research focus areas are psychology and politics and fine art.
The university caters for over 7 000 students across its 150 buildings and 39 residences and is home to come of the country’s top festivals including the National Arts Festival, and SciFest.
The province’s oldest university, Rhodes boasts over 80 clubs and societies, more than 30 sports programmes, nine dining halls and five libraries.
Notable alumni include Wilbur Smith, Mandla Mandela, Ian Roberts, Lex Mpati, Jeremy Mansfield, Alice Krige, and Ian Smith.
Although Rhodes is the hub of the town, its main offices can be found in Drosty Road in Grahamstown.
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One of South Africa’s oldest institutions, the University of Pretoria was established in 1930 and offers courses in both English and Afrikaans across its seven campuses.
In 2011 the Financial Times ranked UP’s business school – the Gordon Institute of Business Sciences – as the top MBA in Africa.
UP is home to South Africa’s only veterinary faculty – the second oldest in Africa, located at the university’s Onderstepoort Campus. Final year students train at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital, an internationally recognised state of the art facility.
Aside from business and veterinary sciences, UP offers over 1 800 programmes in the faculties of economic and management sciences, education, engineering, built environment and information technology, health sciences, humanities, law, natural and agricultural sciences, and theology.
UP is also the university with the highest research output in South Africa, a title they have maintained since 1996. Many of UP’s researchers are NRF-rated, awarding the institution international status in the field of research.
The university boasts a number of notable alumni, such as Springbok Victor Matfield and writers Chris Barnard and Antjie Krog.
The main campus is located on the corner of Lynnwood Road and Roper Street, Hatfield, Pretoria.
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Established in 2004 and spanning across the North-West and Gauteng provinces, the North-West University is a tri-campus institution.
The university, a product of a merger between the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of the North-West, offers courses in the faculties of agriculture, science and technology, commerce and administration, education, human and social sciences, law, arts, natural sciences, economic and management science, engineering, health sciences, humanities and information technology.
NWU proudly possesses a state of the art Centre for Space Research leading exploration and training in the field of space sciences.
The institution’s three campuses each boast their own speciality. The Mafikeng Campus presents an unrivalled approach to agricultural sciences; the Potchefstroom Campus is equipped with unique nuclear engineering strengths; and the Vaal Triangle Campus concentrates on economic sciences and information technologies.
Another feature gaining the university popularity is their focus on community engagement in an attempt to make a positive contribution to the North-West Province through developmental activities and community service.
North-West University’s main campus can be found in Sethlogelo Drive, Mahikeng, 2790.
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In 2005 the University of Port Elizabeth, Port Elizabeth Technikon and Vista University’s Port Elizabeth Campus united to form the Nelson Mandela University.
Its 27 000 students and six campuses – five in Port Elizabeth and one in George – have secured Mandela University’s place as the largest higher education institution in the Eastern and Southern Cape.
Situated a stone’s throw away from some of Port Elizabeth’s most pristine beaches, Mandela University boasts a variety of institutes and centres aimed at broadening the institutions research parameters. These include AEON – the Earth Stewardship Research Institute – the Centre for Law in Action and the Centre for African Conservation Ecology.
Mandela University’s state of the art Genetics Laboratory and psychology clinic make the university a first class choice among students from across the globe.
Aside from this, Mandela University’s faculties include arts, business and economic sciences, education, engineering, the built environment and information technology, health sciences, law and science.
The university’s North and South campuses are located on the Mandela University Private Nature Reserve, home to the popular Grysbok Environmental Trail and a variety of wildlife including zebra, bush pigs, caracals, and various species of birds and reptiles.
The university’s main campus is situated in University Way, Summerstrand, in Port Elizabeth.
The Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) was founded in 1979 and is based in Umlazi, near Durban.
For over 35 years the university has focused on the needs of the community by co-operating closely with commerce and industry and placing this as the central focus of all courses.
The institution hosts three primary faculties: management sciences, engineering and natural sciences.
Situated on the outskirts of Durban, the campus overlooks the Indian Ocean, providing students with a beautiful sea view.
Students can stay active by taking advantage of the various sporting facilities available including soccer, rugby, and baseball fields, tennis and netball courts, and aerobics and bodybuilding amenities. Other recreational options include ballroom dancing, karate and badminton as well as the opportunity to participate in the widely acclaimed choir.
Another popular feature is MUT’s impressive video library, boasting more than 2 300 titles supporting every academic discipline offered at the institution.
MUT is proud to house the Institute for Rural and Community Engagement, a pro bono legal clinic launched in 2014 as a means of uplifting the community by providing free legal advice to those unable to afford legal services.
Mangosuthu University of Technology’s main campus is situated at 511 Mangosuthu Highway, Umlazi, Kwazulu Natal, 4031.
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The University of Limpopo formed in 2005 following the merger of the Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of the North.
The university is situated between Polokwane and the Magoebas Kloof and boasts two main campuses – Turfloop and Ga-Rankuwa.
The University of Limpopo’s main campus is situated at Mankweng-E, Polokwane.
The institution’s four main campuses include Health Sciences, Humanities, Sciences and Agriculture, and Management and Law.
One of the University of Limpopo’s primary attractions is the Limpopo Agro-Food Technology Station (LATS), which launched in 2008 as an initiative to improve Agro processing services in the province.
Based on Turfloop Campus and using cutting edge technology, the station aims to ensure that food processing information is made available to the public, particularly those living in rural areas of Limpopo.
The University of Limpopo also boasts a state of the art Science Centre which allows students to experience practical participation in scientific experimentation and technology. The centre is open to students, teachers and the general public.
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The University of Kwazulu-Natal, also known as UKZN, was formed in Durban in 2004 following the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal.
The student-rich institution boasts a total of five-campuses – Edgewood, Howard College, the Medical School, Pietermaritzburg and Westville.
Among the approximately 2 000 academic programs offered, the University of Kwazulu-Natal is home to a variety of courses categorised under four main colleges, or faculties – the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science; the college of Health Sciences; the College of Humanities; and the College of Law and Management Studies.
The University of Kwazulu-Natal boasts roughly 42 000 students and is rated one of the three African universities that fall under the top 500 universities in the world.
UKZN’s medical school houses the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute, focused on clinical research.
Among its graduates are Spud author, John Van de Ruit, high profile business man, Sol Kerzner and renowned television math and science, William Smith.
State of the art facilities available to students include the sophisticated Information Technology and Communications Division, various libraries among the campuses, health clinics, sports fields and student counselling.
The main campus can be found in Mazisi Kunene Road, Glenwood, Durban.
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The University of Johannesburg, popularly known as UJ, was created in 2005, and today more than 50 000 students attend this Gauteng institution.
There are four campuses – Auckland Park Kingsway, Auckland Park Bunting Road, Doornfontein and Soweto.
The campuses vary in size and offers courses in the fields of art, design and architecture; economic and financial sciences; education; engineering and the built environment; health sciences; humanities; and management.
There are also various facilities available such as micro-laboratories, libraries, sport facilities, shopping centres, restaurants, and health clinics.
The UJ Arts and Culture scene is one of the institution’s most popular attractions for students, boasting desirable activities such as dance, drama, choir, musical theatre and visual art.
The university is also home to the UJ Island, the location where the Rand Afrikaans University was constructed on Oase Farm in 1934.
Attractions and facilities on the UJ Island include a fire place, swimming pool, braai facilities, wild animals, sports facilities, conference room, parks, accommodation, a boat and a bar.
Find the University of Johannesburg’s main campus at Kingsway and University Roads, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.
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The University of the Free State was established in Bloemfontein in 1904 as the Grey University College with six students.
Today UFS has over 33 000 students stretched across their main campus in the Free State capital and the Qwaqwa satellite campus.
Overlooking the vibrant City of Roses, the 111-year-old institution boasts more than 100 departments and seven faculties, which include economic and management sciences; education; law; theology; and more.
The university promotes multilingualism by offering classes in Afrikaans and English.
UFS’s Disaster Risk Management and Education Centre for Africa produces the only postgraduate qualification in disaster management offered on the continent.
The institution is home to the only permanent resident string quartet at a South African university, the Odeion String Quartet, which plays an integral part in the development of classical and orchestral music training in the Free State.
You can find the University of the Free State at 205 Nelson Mandela Drive, Park West, Bloemfontein, 9301.
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The University of Fort Hare was founded in the Eastern Cape in 1916 and was the academic home of political leaders like Nelson Mandela, Oliver Tambo, Govan Mbeki and Mangosuthu Buthelezi.
Established as an institute of higher learning for black Africans, its focus today is on the reshaping of post-apartheid South Africa.
The university has experienced nearly a century of academic excellence and has campuses in Alice, Bhisho and East London.
Its faculties include science and agriculture, social sciences and humanities, management and commerce, as well as the Nelson R Mandela School of Law.
The NRM Law School is a world class legal institution proudly possessing numerous alumni who now occupy leadership positions at the South African Bar and Bench.
The University of Fort Hare is also home to a high-tech Audio Visual Centre situated in East London and boasts top class pre- and post-multimedia production facilities.
They are located in Alice. For more information visit University of Fort Hare.
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) has campuses in the beautiful cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal.
The merger in April 2002 of ML Sultan and Technikon Natal resulted in the Durban Institute of Technology, which later changed its name to what it is today.
Some 23 000 students attend lectures across the Ritson, City, Indumiso, ML Sultan, Riverside, and Steve Biko campuses.
The institution boasts a number of faculties, including business studies, accounting and informatics, applied sciences, arts and design, engineering and built environment, health sciences, management sciences, and writing.
The university’s main campus is located in Steve Biko Road, Berea, in Durban.
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Following the merger of the former Technikon of the Freestate and Vista University’s Welkom Campus in 1981, the Central University of Technology emerged in Bloemfontein with regional centres in Welkom and Kimberly.
CUT has enjoyed over 30 years of technological innovation and academic excellence, offering over 50 programmes to a student body of nearly 14 000.
The programmes available at CUT span across the faculties of management sciences; engineering; information and communication technology; health and environmental sciences; and humanities.
Students can utilise CUT’s various state of the art facilities such as libraries, a24-hour computer lab and a wide range of sports facilities.
CUT’s Welkom Campus and Kimberly Regional Learning Centre cater for individuals unable to study full-time at the main campus by offering selected learning programmes.
The Bloemfontein FabLab, a smaller version of a production factor used by students to create prototypes and encourage peer-to-peer learning by making imaginative ideas tangible, is one of CUT’s chief attractions.
The Central University of Technology’s main campus can be found at 20 President Boshof Street, Bloemfontein, 9320.
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