WSU Vision And Mission



WSU Vision And Mission, 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.



From 2002 to 2005, the South African higher education landscape underwent an extensive merger and incorporation process to bring about a more equitable dispensation to meet the requirements of a fast-developing, new democratic nation.

The existing thirty-six universities and “technikons” were merged in various ways to produce twenty-three universities in three categories:



  1. Traditional academic universities
  2. Comprehensive universities (which offer both academic and technological qualifications)
  3. Universities of technology.

As one of six comprehensive universities in South Africa, WSU has positioned itself as a developmental university focusing on urban renewal and rural development.

It may be characterised as scientific, technological, innovative and responsive to local community needs, the requirements of commerce and industry and the socio-economic niche areas of national government.

WSU is uniquely positioned to play a powerful role in the national government’s new focus on rural development in particular.

Over 30,000 students and about 1,800 live and work across four campuses with 13 delivery sites in Mthatha, Butterworth, Buffalo City (East London) and Queenstown.

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.