University of Zululand

University of Zululand is a public university in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

The year is 1960. South Africa's educational landscape is about to change. In KwaZulu-Natal, a new institution emerges – a college with a vision of providing accessible higher education. This is the genesis of our university, initially established as a constituent college affiliated with another university.  Professor PAW Cook takes the helm as the first rector, guiding a small but determined inaugural class of 41 students, including five women – a progressive step for the time. The early years see the college steadily grow, establishing itself as a center of learning. Fast forward to 1982, and a significant development takes place: The University of Zululand Foundation is formed. This independent body takes charge of fundraising and investments, solidifying the college's financial footing and paving the way for future expansion.

The dedication to agricultural education is underscored in 1983 with the acquisition of a vast farm. This addition allows the university to offer practical learning opportunities in agriculture, a field crucial for the region's development. Finally, in 2004, a momentous occasion arrives. The college sheds its training wheels and emerges as a fully-fledged, independent university. This milestone marks a new chapter, one where the institution can chart its own course and carve its unique niche in the South African educational landscape.

Campus life offers a vibrant environment for students. With a diverse range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs spread across five faculties – Arts, Commerce, Education, Law and Science – there's something for everyone. Imagine yourself delving into the world of literature, or crunching numbers in commerce classes. Perhaps you're passionate about education, law, or the wonders of science – this university provides the platform to explore your interests. The university motto, "Embrace the rich tapestry of African wisdom and knowledge," serves as a guiding principle. It emphasizes the importance of understanding and appreciating the unique intellectual heritage of Africa. This philosophy permeates the curriculum and campus culture, encouraging students to see themselves as part of a larger intellectual tradition.

Looking forward, the university aspires to be a leader in African scholarship. By fostering research and innovation, it aims to address the continent's challenges and contribute to its growth and development.  The emphasis on African knowledge systems empowers students to become future leaders who can make a positive impact not just on their own communities, but on Africa as a whole.

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University Name University of Zululand
Acronym UniZulu
Year Established 1959
Motto Diligentia Cresco
Motto in English By diligence we shall lead


The university is located in Kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal. Find the address of the university below.

Address Private Bag X1001, Kwadlangezwa, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa


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Phone +27 (35) 902 6030
Fax +27 (35) 902 6449
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