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University of Zululand: Local & International Collaboration

Linkages with tertiary institutions, local and abroad

Aware of the dangers of isolation, Vice-Chancellor Prof. Rachael Gumbi and her top management team have taken proactive steps to secure mutually beneficial partnerships between Unizul and a growing number of foreign and local institutions. This initiative allows Unizul to secure its position in the global village and to profit in terms of academic enterprise, research opportunities, community service delivery and fundraising. Unizul, for instance, has an agreement with the South Africa-Norway Tertiary Education Development Programme (SANTED) and has recently entered into an academic partnership with Jackson State University (USA) and with the Mississippi Consortium for International Development. Unizul is also exploring the possibility of tandem projects with the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science in order to enhance its capacity to perform its new role as a comprehensive university.

The University of Zululand’s international character is also clearly visible in the composition of its student population. Many students hail from Swaziland, Lesotho and other SADC countries, but also from North African states, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Cameroon, Ghana and Kenya, but also from Pakistan, Europe and the USA. An International Students’ Officer was recently appointed to cater for the wellbeing and orientation of foreign students.

Partnership with local and global communities

To ensure that it remains in touch with national and international trends and practices, the University of Zululand is determined to maintain and augment its network of links with peers and partners that include business, industry, government institutions, as well as universities - on the home front and abroad. It pursues an agenda for scholarly investigation in response to social problems, with community service being systematically integrated into the formal curriculum. The University strives to produce graduates with high-level knowledge and skills and who have been educated for citizenship and for active participation in society.