This Strategic Plan presents the vision and mission of the University of KwaZulu-Natal and gives a succinct overview of the institution’s strategic framework for action. It assumes an annual planning cycle designed to evaluate goals, targets and performance indices, taking account of progress and changes in the operational environment, and prioritizing projects for budget purposes. It also assumes cognate planning and annual review processes in all academic and administrative units of the University that will translate this framework of high level vision, values, goals and strategies into more focused and specific plans and projects. It should therefore be read in conjunction with a complementary range of plans, including College and Faculty plans, School Business Plans and Equity Plans. These individual plans may have different trajectories, but collectively they will respond to the challenges facing the institution and position us over the next decade to become the Premier University of African Scholarship.