Welcome to UKZN

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Welcome to the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) – a leading institution of higher learning on the African continent.

The University of KwathZulu-Natal is a multi-campus, residential, teaching and research-led university located in the picturesque province of KwaZulu-Natal. The University has a proud and rich heritage of academic excellence.  The year 2010 marked the centenary of Higher Education in the province of KwaZulu-Natal – a centenary of scholarship, innovation and community engagement.  This vast wealth of knowledge production lies at the heart of the University’s success as one of the top institutions on the African continent.

At UKZN we are passionate about teaching and learning.  Our motto: Every Student Matters transcends the social, cultural and academic discourse across the disciplines. The University encourages and embraces diversity in all facets of the student experience. UKZN is one of three universities in South Africa and indeed in Africa rated amongst the top 500 universities of the world according to the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU). The University is structured on a College model – each comprising academic Schools within which Disciplines offer a comprehensive range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across five campuses – Westville, Edgewood, Howard College, Medical School and Pietermaritzburg. Innovative curricula, dynamic teaching and learning, state –of-the art laboratories and accreditated professional degrees has earned the University the reputation as one of the leading institutions on the continent. Research activities span the natural, biomedical, humanities and social sciences.

The University has a reputation for academic excellence. A recent ten year analysis by Thomson Reuters using the “InCites” international research analysis tool has rated mathematics research at UKZN number one in the country. According to the report of the Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET) on the 2012 Institutional Research Publications Outputs, UKZN produced 1,424.22 publications units, which was the highest of the 23 publicly funded universities in South Africa.

UKZN boasts 11 prestigious South African Science and Technology Research Chairs that range from Quantum Information Processing to Gravitating Systems – placing us fourth in the country for the number of such Chairs.  UKZN boasts 6 NRF “A” Rated researchers – the fifth highest in the country. 

The University’s scientists play an integral role in the global fight against HIV /AIDS and Tuberculosis. The Centre for AIDS Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), one of the largest HIV and AIDS research centres, is located at the University’s Medical School campus. Other major research centres in HIV and AIDS research include the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies and the multi-million rand KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for HIV and Tuberculosis (K-RITH)

The University’s international partnerships in 44 countries provide an opportunity for direct interface and global academic exchange that enhances scholarship and the student experience.  Join UKZN and embrace the many and diverse opportunities that await you. Ngikufisela iwela!

General Enquiries

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

Did you Know?

UKZN’s School of Information Systems and Technology was the first university in South Africa to introduce Podcasting as an educational tool.

The University enjoys a century of academic advancements.

Spud author, John Van De Ruit, graduated from UKZN.

UKZN is the third most productive university in South Africa in terms of research output

South Africa's best-known and most popular television maths and science teacher William Smith obtained a Master’s degree from the former University of Natal

UKZN is one of three African universities rated amongst the top 500 universities of the world according to the Academic Rankings of World Universities(ARWU).

The multimillion-rand KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS (K-RITH), an international centre of scientific research, is located on the University's Medical school campus.

The University offers approximately 2 000 academic programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

UKZN has been home to many successful sportsman over the years, Tommy Bedford a former Springbok Rugby player, Shaun Pollock & Jonty Rhodes South African Cricketers.

Some high profile businessmen studied at UKZN, Sol Kerzner the developer of Lost city & more, Stephen Saad the CEO & founder of Aspen Pharmacare Holdings, Guy Brazier the regional leader of Deloitte & Alan Olivier the CEO of Grindrod Group.

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