University of kwaZulu Natal (UKZN)
The 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.
The 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.
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.
To be the Premier University of African Scholarship.
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.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has been appointed Chancellor of the University of KwaZulu-Natal
Dr Albert van Jaarsveld is the new Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and assumed duty on the 2 February 2015.
UKZN Academic structure
The university is made up of four colleges, which are in turn made up of several schools. In most cases, a subdivision is spread across one or more of the university’s campuses. For example, the Chemistry is in both the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.
UKZN 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
UKZN College of Health Sciences
- School of Clinical Medicine
- School of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences
- School of Health Sciences
- School of Nursing & Public Health
UKZN 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
UKZN College of Law and Management Studies
- Graduate School of Business and Leadership (Business Management Association in cooperation with Hampton College Durban)
- School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
- School of Law
- School of Management, IT and Governance