Why Choose UKZN

  • UKZN has several exclusive degrees on offer; we are the only institution in the world to offer training and degrees in the field of Food Security 
  • UKZN offers an exceptionally wide range of exciting and innovative courses that will broaden perspectives, foster a capacity for independent critical thinking, and provide intellectual tools to develop your mind, while enhancing your career opportunities in the local and global marketplace 
  • UKZN’s campuses have vibrant atmospheres with students gathering at the various coffee shops, cafeterias and meeting places in-between lectures. Not all learning takes place in the lecture theatre
  • UKZN offers extensive sporting, cultural and extramural facilities 
  • UKZN is one of three African universities rated amongst the top 500 universities in the world according to the Academic Rankings of World Universities (ARWU)
  • Nationally, UKZN produced a total of 1,424.22 publications units, which was the highest of the 23 publicly funded universities …Source: Department of Higher Education and Training (DoHET) reports on Institutional research outputs
  • UKZN is situated in the subtropical seaside city of Durban and in the Midlands city of Pietermaritzburg, capital of the province of KwaZulu-Natal. All our campuses, except for Pietermaritzburg, are close to the main Durban beach front
  • UKZN is one of the largest universities in sub-Saharan Africa
  • In 2010, UKZN celebrated a century of academic advancements
  • UKZN is the only University in South Africa to offer a degree in Agricultural (Bioresources) Engineering that is fully accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa
  • UKZN is the third most productive university in South Arica in terms of research output
  • UKZN offers approximately 2000 academic programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • International partnerships with institutions in 46 countries provide an opportunity for direct interface and global academic exchange that enhances scholarship and the student experience
  • The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) is amongst the largest and most successful research institutes in Africa
  • The multi-million rand KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS (K-RITH), an international centre of scientific research, is located on the Medical School campus. K-RITH is a ground breaking partnership between UKZN and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) in the United States

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UKZN Rankings

15 July 2014 – UKZN has been ranked in the top 2.1% among the world’s leading institutions by the Centre for World University Rankings (CWUR). ….Read more UKZN is ranked within the top 2.4 – 3% of the World’s Universities by the Academic Ranking of World Universities, the QS World University Rankings, and The Times […]

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Sports & Recreation

Sport is an important part of University life and the University caters for everyone – from the recreational through to highly competitive persons. The Edgewood, Howard College, Pietermaritzburg, and Westville campuses all have an impressive range of indoor and outdoor facilities. Each of the campuses has its own tennis and squash courts, swimming pool, jogging […]

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Facilities Available

Applications and Information Information & Communication Technology The Information Technology and Communications Division (ITCD) maintains a highly sophisticated data network and places a strong emphasis on facilities for students. All students have access to the network through PC labs, many of which are open 24 hours a day. All labs have laser printing facilities and […]

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International Recognition

The University has a worldwide reputation for academic excellence in teaching and research, and degrees offered have international standing. The University has formal links, exchange programmes and collaborative teaching and research programmes with many other universities around the globe. A large number of agreements and memoranda of understanding have been signed with various institutions in […]

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Make History – Choose UKZN / Yenza Umlando

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is located in the picturesque province of KwaZulu-Natal. It is a teaching and research-led university with a proud and rich heritage of academic excellence. In 2010 our province celebrated 100 years of Higher Education – a centenary of scholarship, innovation and community engagement. This vast wealth of knowledge production lies […]

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