The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa. An internationally acclaimed institution, it is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region with an enrolment of more than 30 000 students. The university has six faculties offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Engineering, Informatics and Design as well as Health and Wellness Sciences
To be at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa.
The four aims that comprise our mission:
We will build a university that is highly efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious
We will be known for the high quality of our teaching and learning and the relevance of our curriculum
We will create a vibrant and well resourced living and learning environment for our students
We will enhance and develop the quality and effectiveness of our research and knowledge production
We undertake to deal with others in a spirit of Ubuntu
All our interactions will be governed by a spirit of mutual respect
We support the principle of equity
We will promote innovation in all aspects of our work
We will uphold the principle of accountability for our actions
We prize excellence
We will strive for efficiency in all our operations
To be a dynamic African university, recognised for its leadership in generating cutting-edge knowledge for a sustainable future.
To offer a diverse range of quality educational opportunities that will make a critical and constructive contribution to regional, national and global sustainability.
To achieve our vision and mission, we will ensure that:
⦁ Our values inform and define our institutional ethos and distinctive educational purpose and philosophy.
⦁ We are committed to promoting equity of access and opportunities so as to give students the best chance of success in their pursuit of lifelong learning and diverse educational goals.
⦁ We provide a vibrant, stimulating and richly diverse environment that enables staff and students to reach their full potential.
⦁ We develop graduates and diplomates to be responsible global citizens capable of critical reasoning, innovation, and adaptability.
⦁ We create and sustain an environment that encourages and supports a vibrant research, scholarship and innovation culture.
⦁ We engage in mutually beneficial partnerships locally, nationally and globally to enhance social, economic, and ecological sustainability.
At the foot of the majestic Drakensberg mountains, tucked away at Phuthaditjhaba in the beautiful Eastern Free State lies the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).
The campus has a long but fascinating history – fraught with hardship and struggle, but also with beauty and progress.
Since its incorporation in 2003, this former branch of the University of the North has been playing an important role in bringing higher education to this underprivileged rural community.
The UFS carefully considered several factors when it established the academic programme on the campus. The realities of the campus’s geographical location had to be kept in mind, as well as the socio-economic background of potential students, the educational needs of the broader community and the natural resources of the region. The main consideration was that the study programmes, research, academic interventions and community-service learning opportunities would be socially and educationally responsive to the needs of the area.
In line with the common vision of the university to develop niche areas for all its campuses, the Qwaqwa Campus specifically addresses socio-economic development, informed by a rural context. Stimulating growth, job creation and entrepreneurship in the region is the main focus in the creation of demand-driven academic, skills and community development programmes offered on the campus.
These programmes are underpinned by a strong research agenda that focuses on identifying the best possible strategies for creating jobs in impoverished rural areas and understanding how best to stimulate economic growth in these contexts.
The campus offers programmes in the faculties of the Humanities, Education, Economic and Management Sciences, as well as Natural and Agricultural Sciences, with postgraduate teaching in various centres of excellence.
The approximately 3 800 students on campus ensure a lively atmosphere with 230 dedicated staff members from diverse backgrounds who guide, support and drive the Qwaqwa Campus to excellence.
Our Bloemfontein Campus stands proud in the City of Bloemfontein – capital of the Free State Province and judicial capital of South Africa. The campus dates back to 1904, making our university one of the oldest in the country.
The Main Building, and other buildings of historic and architectural importance portray the calm, though vibrant atmosphere synonymous with an academic institution of more than a century old.
It is a vast campus where staff and students are encouraged to walk in order to enjoy the beautiful buildings, parks, lawns and other infrastructure. Resources, planning and dedicated workmanship have been spent not only on the development of the building and facility infrastructure, but also to make the campus user- and experience-friendly.
When on the campus, stop a while and rest under one of the shady trees. You will find that many of the benches are an artwork by a famous South African artist. Walk around on our Thakaneng Bridge student centre where you can do everything from eating to buying the latest academic text books.
Our campus is immaculately maintained and it provides a safe and secure environment for our 28 186 students who study here to fulfil their academic potential. Through an active programme of sports, cultural and social interaction, our students are also given the opportunity to develop into well rounded future leaders. Accommodation is very popular and our 23 residences are within walking distance of all facilities.
Our Bloemfontein Campus is regarded as the most integrated campus in South Africa with the most diverse group of students.
The campus is situated in one of the main roads into Bloemfontein, Nelson Mandela Drive, and within walking distance of shopping centres, schools and other places of interest.
Unisa is Africa’s leading distance learning institution nurturing inspiring leaders of tomorrow. We are a reputable, comprehensive, flexible and accessible open distance learning institution that is motivating a future generation. We offer internationally accredited qualifications and have world-class resources.
Our vision “towards the African university in the service of humanity” drives us to find answers to Africa’s educational and developmental problems. By forming partnerships in Africa and throughout the world, we are able to help the people of Africa achieve their dreams
The three core business areas of Unisa are teaching, research and community engagement. Our world-class research is spearheaded by the Research and Innovation portfolio and community engagement by our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy.
We also place great importance on the celebration and promotion of our African arts and culture through various endeavours, including the Archaeology and Anthropology Museum, Music Directorate and Little Theatre.
The NWU is a multi-campus university with a footprint across two provinces. The Mafikeng and Potchefstroom Campuses are situated in the North-West Province and the Vaal Triangle Campus is in Gauteng. The head office, known as the Institutional Office, is in Potchefstroom, situated near the Potchefstroom Campus.
Who we are
“It all starts here” is the NWU’s pay-off line. The NWU was established on 1 January 2004 through the merger of two universities with very different histories, personalities and cultures: the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education and the University of the North-West. The staff and students of the Sebokeng Campus of Vista University were also incorporated, adding further to the richness of our heritage.
Today, the NWU is recognised as one of the best-managed and most innovative universities in South Africa. We continue to celebrate and encourage multiculturalism, multilingualism and multinationalism.
One word that captures the spirit of the North-West University is “innovative”. This characteristic runs across all our activities and operations, from the research we conduct to our academic offerings, management model, campus structure, student body, community engagement and sports achievements.
The publication known as the “Corporate Profile” reflects the innovative culture and management excellence of the NWU.
The NWU brand
The NWU has a powerful brand that proudly projects our personality and aspirations to the world. The essence of this brand is that we are a leading and sustainable teaching-learning and research university that harnesses diversity and pursues innovation to make a meaningful difference in South Africa and the world.
The brand has three main elements: the NWU logo, name and pay-off line:
• Our logo: The chain of three inter-locking links symbolises the unity of the University and visually express the resolve and sense of partnership within it. The three colours symbolise the diversity of the three campuses and the NWU’s use of diverse education and institutional offerings to contribute to improving the human condition and human relationships.
• Our name: the word-mark North-West University identifies all our teaching, learning and research offerings or sub-brands.
• Our pay-off line: The pay-off line of the University hints at a place where dreams begin - a place where you can visualise your aspirations and future success. It shifts the focus from the University as an institution to the stakeholders of the University and what the University means to them.
The NWU offers students an exceptionally rich range of study choices at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Our offerings span the spectrum of academic disciplines, from agriculture and the arts through to commerce, engineering, education, health, law, the natural sciences and theology.
Academically, every NWU campus has something special to offer. For example, the Mafikeng Campus is unrivalled in its approach to animal health and agricultural sciences, while the Potchefstroom Campus has unique nuclear engineering strengths and the Vaal Triangle Campus specialises in economic sciences and information technology.
The NWU has a clear vision for research and innovation. This is to move from being a tuition-based university that does focused research towards a balanced teaching-learning and research university.
Research Entities Model
To speed up the move towards becoming a balanced teaching-learning and research university, the NWU has introduced a new Research Entities Model. This model is designed to put research output on a high-growth, high-performance path by encouraging the establishment of more research start-up groups and creating more scope for growth for existing research teams.
There are four levels of research entities, starting with the “entry level” entity, that of a niche area, followed by a focus area, then a unit and ultimately a centre of excellence.
Based in the Faculty of Humanities, the UCT English Language Centre (ELC) delivers year-round continuing education programmes in English as a Foreign Language to international participants. A range of courses are offered at various proficiency levels, including General English, English for Business Communication and preparation courses for the IELTS, and Cambridge English exams.
In line with innovative teaching and learning practice in the sector, ELC uses a learner-centred approach which focuses on students' individual needs and learning styles, and a communicative method to get students communicating with confidence from the start.
All teachers are highly qualified and experienced.
Classes are taught in small groups of no more than 12 students to allow all participants to benefit from individual attention and feedback.
As well as following a coursebook, teachers use a wide range of materials, including listening and video clips, authentic reading texts and digital learning resources.
The University has seven campuses as well as a number of other sites of operation, such as the Pretoria Academic Hospital. Central administration is located at the Hatfield Campus.
The University of Pretoria offers more than 1 800 academic programmes in two of the official languages, namely Afrikaans and English. (Some programmes and modules are offered only in English.)
In 1996, the University of Pretoria became the university with the highest research output in South Africa and we have maintained this status.
The University of Pretoria celebrated its Centenary in 2008.
The academic programmes of the University are offered in nine faculties, as well as a business school. The faculties comprise a total of 140 departments and 85 centres, institutes and bureaus. UP is at the forefront of tertiary education in the country and collaborates with world-class partners to ensure continued excellence in learning and teaching.
Founded in 2000, the University of Pretoria's Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is an internationally accredited business school, based in Johannesburg, South Africa's economic hub.
As the business school for business, we focus on general management in dynamic markets to significantly improve responsible individual and organisational performance, primarily in the South African environment and increasingly in our broader African environment, through the provision of high quality business and management education. In May 2015 the annual UK Financial Times Executive Education rankings, a global benchmark for providers of executive education, once again ranked GIBS as the top South African and African business school. This is the 12th year running that GIBS has been ranked among the top business schools worldwide. In October 2014 the GIBS MBA was ranked among the top 100 business schools globally in the prestigious Financial Times Executive MBA Rankings. GIBS is the only business school in Africa to appear in this ranking.
Sir Donald Gordon
The Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) is named after Sir Donald Gordon, in recognition of the contribution to South African business and a significant endowment to GIBS by Sir Donald Gordon, the founder and former chairman of Liberty Life.
Donald Gordon made a major financial contribution at the point of his formal retirement from Liberty Life. Gordon said the reason for the donation was to highlight his appreciation of the quality of the South African business environment, which had enabled him to become a success in the financial services industry, at home and abroad. Gordon's choice of education, as the sector in which he would put part of his financial success, reflects the importance of quality management in the business place. According to Professor Nick Binedell, founder and former dean of GIBS, South African businesses must continue to prepare themselves proactively for the challenges that lie ahead. There is consensus that one of the greatest challenges facing South Africa remains the skills required to be competitive. The Gordon Institute of Business Science prepares future executives, and helps current managers upgrade their skills to confront the emerging challenges through academic and executive programmes. Sir Donald's contribution is consistent with Liberty's view of education as a critical component in business. Indeed, one of the tenets of Liberty "passed on by Gordon" is that the company should put back into the community in return for the support it enjoys.
"Over the years, there has been a fundamental shift from simply looking at a project worthy of support, to projects that promise to be economically self-sustaining and those that center on education," says Hylton Appelbaum, who heads the Liberty Foundation.
Excerpts from the Opening of the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) Address by Sir Donald Gordon, 14 March 2000.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know; passion in business is everything.
In business and in family relationships, remember that the most important thing is trust.
Remember that overnight success usually takes about 15 years.
Never accept that existing practices can't be improved upon – there will always be a better or alternative way of doing things. If you identify them, see it through to the end with meticulous care.
Strive for excellence, not perfection.
Demand excellence from yourself and your colleagues and be willing to pay for it.
Take care of your reputation, it's your most valuable asset.
Learn to listen, opportunity sometimes knocks very softly.
Watch for big problems, they disguise big opportunities.
Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures.
When starting out, don't worry about having enough money; limited funds are a blessing not a curse. Nothing encourages creative thinking in quite the same way.
Be tough-minded but tender-hearted.
Don't waste time responding to your critics.
Never give up on what you really want to do.
The person with big dreams is more powerful than the one with all the facts.
Be bold and courageous.