University of KwaZulu-Natal


The University of KwaZulu-Natal, in short UKZN, is an institution with 5 campuses in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. This university was formed in 2004 after the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. It is governed following the 1997’s Higher Education Act. Geographically divided into 5 distinct campuses, it partially corresponds to its academic and managerial division. 2 campuses (Medical School and Edgewood) house specific academic divisions, but Pietermaritzburg, Howard College and Westville span the remainder of the institute’s educational division.

UKZN is made of 4 colleges, which are in turn made up of several schools. Usually, these schools’ subdivisions spread across one or more campuses. For example, the Chemistry in both Westville campuses. Following are the four colleges of the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

  • Agriculture, Science and Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Humanities
  • Management and Law Studies

The university also provides free legal assistance in its two law clinics, one in Durban and one in Pietermaritzburg. Both of these clinics engage directly with communities through regular outreach initiatives. It also provides a practical training environment for final-year law students.


The university now has more than 46,500 students enrolled on five campuses throughout the province of the same name. The University of KwaZulu-Natal is home to several student societies and organizations, such as film clubs, debating unions, poetry societies, and sports teams.

In 1996, the University of KwaZulu-Natal established the Centre for Creative Arts (CCA). It is a multidisciplinary organization based in the university’s the School of Arts. CCA coordinates several annual festivals and exciting opportunities and provides access to the creative platform, all aimed at developing artistic talents in students. The main festivals organized by this centre are Time of the Writer, JOMBA (Contemporary Dance Experience) and Durban International film festival.

Sports facilities and activities presently offered at the University of KwaZulu-Natal include aerobics, athletics, canoeing, ballroom dancing, cycling, cricket, karate, hockey, netball, mountaineering, rowing, soccer, rugby, softball, swimming, squash, underwater sports, tennis, water polo, volleyball and yachting.


The university accommodates students in their own on and off-campus residences. These residences offer not only basic shelter and beds for physical and social environments but also play a vital role in supporting place and academic life in a diverse and multiracial community. Off-campus housing is offered in leased buildings to keep learning and living environments.


Following are the global rankings of UKZN.

  • By Q.S. World Ranking, the University of KwaZulu-Natal ranks 801-1000.
  • According to Times Higher Education Ranking, the University of KwaZulu-Natal has a band of +601.
  • U.S. News and World Report rank the University of KwaZulu-Natal at 371.


University of KwaZulu-Natal
238 Mazisi Kunene Rd, Glenwood, Durban, 4041, South Africa

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