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About University of KwaZulu-Natal

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The new university brings together the rich histories of both the former Universities.

The University of Durban-Westville was established in the 1960s as the University College for Indians on Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. Student numbers throughout the 1960s were low as a result of the Congress Alliances’ policy of shunning apartheid structures. This policy gave way in the 1980s to a strategy of “education under protest” which sought to transform apartheid institutions into sites of struggle. Student numbers grew rapidly and in 1971, the College was granted University status. The following year, the newly-named University of Durban-Westville moved into its modern campus in Westville and was a site of major anti-apartheid struggles. UDW became an autonomous institution in 1984, opening up to students of all races.

Founded in 1910 as the Natal University College in Pietermaritzburg, the University of Natal was granted independent University status in 1949 owing to its rapid growth in numbers, its wide range of courses and its achievements in and opportunities for research. By that time, the NUC was already a multi-campus institution, having been extended to Durban after World War 1. The distinctive Howard College building was opened in 1931, following a donation by Mr T B Davis, whose son Howard Davis was killed during the Battle of Somme in World War I. In 1946, the government approved a Faculty of Agriculture in Pietermaritzburg and, in 1947, a Medical School for African, Indian and Coloured students in Durban.

The two KwaZulu-Natal universities were among the first batch of South African institutions to merge in 2004 in accordance with the government’s higher educational restructuring plans that will eventually see the number of higher educational institutions in South Africa reduced from 36 to 21. Confirmed by a Cabinet decision in December 2002, the mergers are the culmination of a wide-ranging consultative process on the restructuring of the Higher Education Sector that began in the early 1990s.

To be the Premier University of African Scholarship.

A truly South African University of Choice that is academically excellent, innovative in research, entrepreneurial, and critically engaged with society.


  • College of Humanities
    School of Applied Human Sciences
    School of Arts
    School of Built Environment and Development Studies
    School of Education
    School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics
    School of Social Sciences
  • College of Agriculture, Engineering & Science
    School of Engineering
    School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences
    School of Chemistry and Physics
    School of Life Sciences
    School Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
  • College of Health Sciences
    School of Clinical Medicine
    School of Laboratory Medicine & Medical Sciences
    School of Health Sciences
    School of Nursing & Public Health
  • College of Law and Management Studies
    Graduate School of Business and Leadership
    School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
    School of Law
    School of Management, IT and Governance

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