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WSU Home, Walter Sisulu University (WSU) was established on 1 July, 2005 in terms of the Higher Education Act No. 101 of 1997, as amended.

The new university was named in honour of an icon of the South African liberation struggle, the late Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu who was a close comrade of Nelson Mandela.

WSU’s vision

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) will be a leading African comprehensive university focusing on innovative educational, research and community partnership programmes that are responsive to local, regional, national development priorities, and cognisant of continental and international imperatives.

WSU’s mission

In pursuit of its vision as a developmental university, WSU will:

  • Provide an educationally vibrant and enabling environment that is conducive to the advancement of quality academic, moral, cultural and technological learner-centred education for holistic intellectual empowerment, growth and effective use of information;
  • Provide and maintain the highest possible standards in innovative learning and teaching, applied, basic and community-based research and community partnerships in cooperation with development agencies, the public and private sectors;
  • Provide affordable, appropriate, career-focused and professional programmes that address rural development and urban renewal with primary emphasis on science, technology and development studies;
  • Create a new generation of highly-skilled graduates capable of understanding and addressing complex societal challenges, with critical scholarly and entrepreneurial attributes grounded on morally sound work ethics and responsible leadership.

WSU’s core values

  • Academic freedom
  • Quality
  • Access and success
  • Transformation
  • People development
  • Caring university
  • Resource consciousness.

WSU’s goals

  1. To review and design relevant undergraduate and strategic postgraduate academic programmes that will equip students with life and work skills, are responsive to the needs of the community and will promote entrepreneurship
  2. To promote learner-centred teaching, active enquiry and critical thinking
  3. To promote excellence in undergraduate and postgraduate studies
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  5. To create an enabling environment that empowers staff and students to conduct research
  6. To initiate and support developmental initiatives in the region through community partnerships
  7. To establish linkages with institutions of higher learning and other relevant institutions, locally, nationally and internationally
  8. To promote a culture of quality and integrity throughout the institution
  9. To attract and retain high quality academic and support services staff
  10. To promote holistic student development and welfare
  11. To improve WSU’s financial viability and sustainability
  12. To provide and maintain appropriate and adequate infrastructure
  13. To develop, adapt and apply appropriate technology
  14. To create and sustain efficient and effective management and governance of WSU.

University’s focus areas

WSU embraces the following characteristics:

  • By its location and its character as a comprehensive university, WSU is strategically located to respond to local and national development needs.
  • A diverse range of academic programmes
  • student mobility through vertical and horizontal articulation
  • work-related qualifications from certificates through to full degrees and post-graduate studies
  • service to community, business and industry
  • innovative, problem-solving research
  • life-long learning opportunities
  • flexibility by strengthening relationships with community, civic, government, business and industry partners for local and regional development.

WSU’s core business 

The University’s core business is teaching, research and community engagement.

Its four campuses in Butterworth, Buffalo City, Mthatha and Queenstown over 175 qualifications with the following priority programme focus areas:

  • Science, engineering and technology
  • Communication, business and management
  • Education
  • Accounting and management sciences
  • Health sciences
  • Natural sciences
  • Humanities, social sciences and law.

Geographic positioning 

Spanning over 1,000 km in the province of the Eastern Cape, WSU is ideally positioned to deliver a wide range of educational and development opportunities.

WSU’s mandate

WSU will maintain the traditional role of a University as a centre of higher learning, where theoretical and other intellectual pursuits are combined to serve a larger and more specific role it has defined as that of a Developmental University, ascribing to itself the imperative of making a significant contribution to regional, national and continental development.More …

Corporate governance

As a public institution of higher education, WSU is governed by the Constitution, the Public Finance Management Act, the Higher Education Act, Promotion of Access to Information Act, Labour Relations Act, Occupational Health and Safety Act and other requisite acts.

Governance of the University is also guided by the governance principles contained in King III Report and the Walter Sisulu University Statute.

Directorates Apart from its vibrant academic core business, WSU has a number of directorates which drive various strategic directions:

  • Directorate of Research
  • Directorate of Postgraduate Studies
  • Directorate of Community Engagement and Internationalisantion
  • Directorate of Learning & Teaching Development.

WSU Convocation 

Convocation exists in terms of the University Statute which outlines the critical role of Convocation as inter alia, being that of assisting the University in fundraising and image building.

The secretary to Convocation is the Registrar.


Walter Sisulu University has over 100 partnerships with other universities, institutes, organizations and departments in the public and private sectors, locally, nationally and internationally:

  • Mendel University, Czech Republic
  • University of Maryland Eastern Shore, USA
  • Howard University, Washington, USA
  • Texas Southern University, USA
  • Newcastle University, Australia
  • IMC Krems University, Austria
  • University of Bristol, UK
  • Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • German Development Service (DED)
  • Niagara College, Ontario, Canada
  • Busitema University, Uganda
  • Makerere University, Uganda
  • Abidan University, Nigeria


The Council, which governs the university within the confines of the Higher Education Act 1997 (Act No 101 of 1997) and University Statute as per Government Gazette No 37235, was officially inducted on 1 May 2014.
The council members are led by the chairperson and Ambassador Sheila Sisulu:

1. Judge N Dambuza: Ministerial Appointee (Chairperson)

2. Mr S Khondlo: Ministerial Appointee (Deputy chairperson)

3. Mrs CC Mulder: Elected by the Council

4. Ms NY Tyamzashe: Elected by the Council

5. Dr L Mpahlwa: (External memember)

6. Mr TS Zakuza: Elected by the Council

7. Mr L Holbrook: Ministerial Appointee

8. Professor Bongani Mayosi: Ministerial Appointee

9. Mr LN Capa: Ministerial Appointee

10. Ms GT Serobe: Elected by the Council

11. Dr VF Mahlati: Elected by the Council

12. Professor R Midgley: Vice-Chancellor and Principal

13. Ms N Bam (External member)

14. Dr P Jaca: Senate Representative

15. Mr A Sepeng: Senate Representative

16. Mr S Tshangela: Non-Senate non-Academic Representative

17. Advocate  Z Tiya (Convocation)

18. Advocate W Qaji (Convocation)


Promoting, developing student life at WSU

The promotion and development of student life at the Walter Sisulu University is the mandate of Student Affairs under the leadership of the Executive Director: Student Affairs. We strive to educate students in a holistic way that promotes optimal growth and well-being. 
We are responsive to any student and parent queries that are brought to our attention.
Offer support services, facilitate development

We offer a range of support services and facilitate development opportunities in:
• Student governance, development and culture
• Student housing and residences
• Student health
• Student wellness
• Sport.
We urge all students to use of our services while preparing for their future.

Best wishes for a positive student experience and growth at the Walter Sisulu University.

We look forward to adding value to your lives outside of the classroom.
Contact us

For more information, contact:


Executive Director Student Supports Services: Mrs Zoleka Dotwana

Tel: 047 502 1918

Mobile: 071 857 5435


Deputy Director Buffalo City Campus: Mrs Nontsikelelo Nohako-Mtiki

Tel: 043 708 5217

Mobile: 082 307 4554


Deputy Director Butterworth Campus: Mr Berthwell Sonqishe

Tel: 047 401 6338

Mobile: 082 400 2240


Deputy Director Mthatha Campus: Vacant

Tel: 047 502 2736



Deputy Director Queenstown Campus: Vacant

Tel:  040 842 6800


Campus LocationPostal AddressesTelephone Numbers
Mthatha CampusWalter Sisulu University
Private Bag X1
Nelson Mandela Drive
Tel: 047 502 2844
Fax: 047 502 2211
For admission queries, telephone
047 502 2443/8.
Zamukulungisa Heights
Tel: 047 537 0001
For admission queries, telephone
047 501 1404.
Campus LocationPostal AddressesTelephone Numbers
Butterworth CampusWalter Sisulu University
Private Bag X3182
Butterworth Campus – Ibika N2
Tel: 047 401 6254
Fax: 047 401 6267
For admission queries, telephone
047 401 6000.
Campus LocationPostal AddressesTelephone Numbers
Buffalo City CampusWalter Sisulu University
PO Box 1421
Tel: 043 708 5200
Fax: 043 708 5331
For admission queries, telephone
043 708 5200.
College Street
Tel: 043 702 9200
For admission queries, telephone
043 708 5200.
Cambridge Street
Tel: 043 702 9200 Chiselhurst
Tel: 043 709 4000
For admission queries, telephone
043 709 4000.
ABSA Stadium
Tel: 043 702 9200
Heritage Building
Tel: 043 702 9200
Campus LocationPostal AddressesTelephone Numbers
Queenstown Campus
Walter Sisulu University
PO Box 1421
Grey Street Site and Masibulele Site
Tel: 040 842 6800
For admission queries, telephone
040 842 6806.


Walter Sisulu University
Private Bag X1
Eastern Cape
Telephone 047 502 1404/2442/2443
Fax +27(0)47 502 2185

Private Bag X1421
East London
Eastern Cape
Telephone +27(0)43 708 5200
Fax +27(0)43 708 5458