Unizulu Main Campus, the University of Zululand is located within the Umhlathuze Municipality, the fastest growing industrial hub and employer in northern KwaZulu-Natal. UNIZULU is the only university north of the Uthukela River and can be easily found 1.4km south east of the R102 when travelling from Durban or by using the GPS co-ordinates: -28.8536,31.84938999999997.
The University of Zululand is a comprehensive university offering approximately 252 accredited degrees, diploma and certificate courses across the faculties of Arts; Education; Science and Agriculture as well as Commerce, Administration and Law at the KwaDlangezwa and Richards Bay campuses. Popular courses include Law, Education, Nursing Science, Agronomy, Hydrology, Biochemistry, Microbiology and Sport Science. UNIZULU students have the opportunity to specialise their degrees according to their areas of interest within their respective fields. In addition, the University believes in promoting a culture of learning in an environment that is conducive to personal growth and academic development. To further academic development, assistance is provided through the provision of augmented and foundation courses to unleash students’ potential.
Developed in 1960, the KwaDlangezwa Campus is UNIZULU’s main campus and is home to the University’s four faculties and academic support departments.The urban Richards Bay Campus was completed in 2009 and is intended to further the University’s entrepreneurial and vocational agenda in conjunction with local industry partnerships and the maritime sector. Courses currently being delivered at the campus include Public Relations, Transport Management and Hospitality Management.
UNIZULU Science Centre
UNIZULU’s internationally acclaimed Science Centre celebrates its 31st Anniversary in 2017 along with the launch of its Early Childhood Development Museum, a first for Africa. Located at the UNIZULU Richards Bay Campus, the UNIZULU Science Centre (USC) has received numerous accolades for promoting interest in Science, Engineering and Technology and is home to more than 130 innovative exhibits produced locally and abroad. The Centre forms part of the University’s community outreach initiative that is focused on developing inquiring minds.
The USC is aimed at Science educators and learners in KwaZulu-Natal schools surrounding the University of Zululand. The focal area stretches roughly from the Tugela River in the South, to Kosi Bay in the North, and inland as far as Nongoma. The educational regions covered have been identified in many surveys and studies as the most disadvantaged in the province and amongst the most disadvantaged nationally.
- 1960: The University College of Zululand is established as a constituent college academically affiliated to the University of South Africa. The first intake of 41 students includes five females. Professor PAW Cook is appointed as the first Rector. From humble beginnings, the institution has dramatically evolved to a fully-fledged university, equal to any of the centres of higher learning in South Africa.
- 1961: The University is officially opened on 8 March at a ceremony attended by 280 dignitaries, including tribal chiefs as well as diplomats from Switzerland, Brazil and Austria.
- 1963: The first graduation ceremony takes place.
- 1964: Prof JA Maré appointed as the second Rector.
- 1970: University status is granted to University College of Zululand.
- 1971: Dr TF Muller is appointed as the first Chancellor. The University’s coat of arms is officially introduced.
- 1977: Prof AC Nkabinde becomes the first Black Rector.
- 1979: Dr MG Buthelezi is installed as the first black Chancellor. The Durban-Umlazi Extramural Division is established to serve the needs of the surrounding community. Prof AM Nzimande is appointed as its first campus Director.
- 1980: Election of the first Student Representative Council as well as the opening of the King Bhekuzulu Hall currently located at the KwaDlangezwa Campus.
- 1981: The Cecil Renaud Extramural Division is established at the main campus to accommodate after-hours students. The Department of Nursing Science is also established.
- 1982: The University of Zululand Foundation, administered by a Board of Governors, is established to oversee the University’s fundraising and investment operations.
- 1983: A farm of 2500 hectares is acquired in the Ntambanana area for the establishment of a Department of Agriculture. A Centre for Business starts functioning. Approval is obtained for the establishment of departments of Hydrology and Mathematical Statistics. Dr M Brindley becomes the first white student to obtain a doctorate (special concession).
- 1984: The University Council is granted autonomy with regard to practically all matters relating to the disbursement of the annual subsidy, provision of facilities, the determination of the establishment and the employment of staff.
- 1985: The Science Centre and the research unit for New Religious Movements and Churches (NERMIC) are established.
- 1986: The University of Zululand is opened to all races. First Honorary Doctorate awarded to Rev. Enos ZK Sikhakhane.
- 1987: The new library building is completed. The Centre for Legal Services is also established.
- 1988: Departments of Agriculture, Engineering, Human Movement Science and the Institute for Education and Human Development are established.
- 1993: Strong links are forged internationally. The research and training farm becomes operational.
- 1994: Prof CRM Dlamini becomes the fourth Rector. An honorary doctorate degree is conferred upon His Majesty, King Goodwill Zwelithini at a ceremony attended by the then State President, Nelson Mandela. The UZNET computer network is established at the main campus.
- 1995: Honorary Law Doctorate conferred on Deputy-President FW de Klerk.
- 2000: The Hewlett-Packard Computer Academy is inaugurated.
- 2001: The new modular academic system is introduced. Then Deputy President Dr JG Zuma is installed as the University’s third Chancellor. An Honorary Doctorate is conferred on then Deputy-President Dr JG Zuma.
- 2002: The University of Zululand is declared as the only institution of higher education north of the uThukela River and, henceforth, includes outcomes-based programmes in its curriculum. The University experiences an increased intake of students from other parts of Africa, especially from Namibia, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland.
Standardised assessment tests (SATs) are administered for the first time in order to assess first-year students in English, Mathematics and Science, so that students at risk in these subjects can be assisted to improve their skills through participation in appropriate enrichment programmes.The Overarching Reconfiguration Committee (ORC) is established to represent all stakeholder groupings on campus as well as local businesses so as to generate policies and principles to facilitate the goal of reconfiguring the University into a comprehensive institution as decreed by the Department of Education in May 2002.
A five-year Strategic Plan is inaugurated.
- 2003: Prof RV Gumbi becomes the University’s first black female Rector and Vice-Chancellor. She is the fifth Rector appointed since 1960.
Effective measures are introduced to turn around the University’s poor financial record and to redeem an overdraft of over R46-million within a three-year period.
Launch of the South African-Norway Tertiary Education Development Programme (SANTED) – a major capacity-building project to meet the needs of the restructuring process.The Quality Promotion Assurance (QPA) Unit is launched to promote quality in teaching, learning and research by means of practical support, provision of advice and policy development.
- 2004 : The chair for the Centre for Integrated Rural Development (CIRD) is launched – partnership between Kumba Resources and the University of Zululand.
- 2005 : The former six faculties (Arts, Education, Science and Agriculture, Law, Commerce and Administration as well as Theology and Religion Studies) merge to become four Faculties, namely Arts, Education, Commerce, Administration and Law as well as Science and Agriculture.
The University celebrates its 45th anniversary.
UNIZULU launches its internal Organisational Development Plan (ODP) and major turn-around achievements are recorded.
- 2006:Replacement of UNIZULU’s old computer system with a state-of-the-art ITS computer infrastructure worth R32,9 million.
A new Department of Quality Assurance is established and a Director, Prof G. Kistan, is appointed.
- 2007 : Four Executive Deans are appointed in the four faculties, namely, Prof Nomahlubi Makunga in the Faculty of Arts Prof Sitwala Imenda in the Faculty of Education, Prof Ramesh Ori in the Faculty of Science and Agriculture, and Prof van den Bergh in the Faculty of Commerce, Administration and Law.
- The construction of new R160 million off-campus building commences in the central business district of Richards Bay.
GIJIMA (Change Management Project) is inaugurated to ensure the implementation of operational changes in a systematic and controlled fashion.
New student residences are completed to house 368 occupants.The University, with co-host Jackson State University, US, hosts the first-ever Global-World HIV/AIDS Alliance conference (GHAA) in Africa which was attended by delegates from 25 global countries.UNIZULU’s Chemistry Department and the International Centre for Materials Research, the University of California and Jackson State University, host an International Nanotechnology Conference with 1996 Nobel Laureate and initiator of the nanotechnology revolution, Sir Harry Kroto, as Chairman.
- 2008: The then Minister of Education, Ms Naledi Pandor, and UNIZULU’s then Chancellor Dr JG Zuma, commission the construction of new residences at the main campus and officiate the construction of a new campus at Richards Bay.
- Preparations commence for the Institutional Audit by the Department of Education in October 2008.
- 2009: UNIZULU, together with the Department of Economic Department, co-hosts the First International Co-operative Conference in February.
The Richards Bay Campus is launched in October 2009.
- 2010:Prof F Mazibuko becomes the University’s second black female Rector and Vice-Chancellor. She is the sixth Rector appointed since 1960.
Mision and Vision
A leading, comprehensive University providing quality education.
To provide globally competitive graduates, relevant for the human capital needs of our country, by proving quality education which upholds high standards of research and academic excellence.
- Innovation: Promoting attributes of excellence, creativity and discovery among staff and students;
- Teamwork: Working together to accomplish a common goal;
- Efficiency: Sustaining high levels of productivity;
- Accountability: Subscribing to integrity and transiency;
- Mutual Trust: Inculcating dependable and trustworthy relationships and mutual respect.
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Correspondence : Richards Bay Campus:
All correspondence must be addressed to:
Richards Bay Campus:
2 cent Circle Road
University of Zululand
Private Bag X1041
Switchboard – Richards Bay: 035 902 6950
Important Contact Details
Please liaise with the Admissions Office for any queries related to Admissions and Registration and Finance Office for queries pertaining to fees and bursaries.
Admissions Office – KwaDlangezwa Campus
|Mr Vuyani Maneli||Manager: Student Admissions Management||(035) 902 6715|
|Ms Deliwe Zikalala||Senior Admissions Officer||(035) 902 6051|
|Ms Nomcebo Zulu||Admissions Officer||(035) 902 6030|
|Mr Mlamuli Mngadi||Admissions Officer||(035) 902 6178|
Please use the following email for all admissions enquiries: email@example.com Or firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com@unizulu.ac.za; firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; c email@example.com
Admissions Office – Richards Bay Campus
|Mr Emmanuel Radebe||Admissions Officer||T: (035) 902 6923/ 6950/ 6234 F: (035) 9026026/ 7RadebeE@unizulu.ac.za|
Where to find us
|KwaDlangezwa Campus Student Registration Building Room 32, Ground Floor||Richards Bay Campus Office No. A2 – 13Second Floor|