The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is one of the largest research-intensive universities in South Africa. It was formed in 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal. The resulting merged institution has five campuses, with a total student population of approximately 43,000.
About 20% of the students are postgraduates and it is planned to increase this proportion to 35% in the next five years. About 14% of the postgraduates and 4% of the undergraduates are international. The total staff complement is approximately 5,000, about 29% of whom are engaged in research and teaching.
UKZN has the following 4 colleges: the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science; the College of Health Sciences; the College of Humanities; and the College of Law and Management Studies; plus 19 Schools. Additionally, there are two university-wide Deputy Vice-Chancellors of Research and of Teaching and Learning.
The vision of UKZN is to be a Premier University of African scholarship, academically
excellent and innovative in research.
UKZN is classified by the national Department of Science and Technology (DST) as one of the 5 research-intensive Universities in South Africa. It has consistently been in the top 3 most research-productive universities, of the 23 universities, in terms of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s Publications Units output. In 2012, UKZN produced the highest number of publications units of all the publically funded universities.
UKZN's participation and performance in Times Higher Education's ranking systems has enabled UKZN to benchmark itself against the world’s best, thereby improving in the quality of its core activities and be able to compete and perform well amongst the best.