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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is a university with five campuses in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2004 after the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville.
The university was formed by the merger of the University of Natal and the University of Durban(Westville), in 2004.
The Council of the University of Natal voted on 31 May 2002 to offer the post of Vice-Chancellor and University Principal to world-renowned medical scientist and former Medical Research Council President – Professor Malegapuru Makgoba who assumed office on the 1 September 2002. He was entrusted with leading the University of Natal into the merger with the University of Durban-Westville. In so doing, he became the last Vice-Chancellor of the University of Natal. Professor Makgoba succeeded Professor Brenda Gourley as Vice-Chancellor.
Having served a brief stint as the interim Vice-Chancellor in 2004 he was formally appointed as the founding Vice-Chancellor of the newly merged University of KwaZulu-Natal. He was installed at a ceremony on the 30 September 2005.
Professor Makgoba served two 5 year terms of office and retired in 2015. He is currently the Health Ombudsman of the Republic of South Africa. He was succeeded by Dr Albert van Jaarsveld.
The university is governed in accordance with the Higher Education Act of 1997, and its constitution is specified in the Statute of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as approved by the South African Minister of Education and the Parliament of South Africa.
In the statute, the university consists of:

  • the chancellor (the titular head). The first chancellor of the merged university was Dr Frene Ginwala. It is currently Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.
  • the vice chancellor (the executive head)
  • two or more deputy vice chancellors (currently there are five full and one acting)
  • the registrar (responsible for registering students)
  • the council (responsible for governance of the institution as a whole)
  • the senate (responsible for governance of academic activities)
  • the students representative council (responsible for students representation)
  • the institutional forum (responsible for advising the council on matters of human rights and equality)
  • the colleges (currently there are four)
  • the academic and support staff
  • the students
  • the convocation (all the alumni and some others)

The university is made up of four colleges, which are in turn made up of several schools. In most cases, a subdivision is spread across one or more of the university’s campuses. For example, the Chemistry is in both the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

  • School of Engineering(all)
  • 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 and Medical Sciences
  • School of Health Sciences
  • School of Nursing and Public Health

College of Humanities

  • School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics
  • School of Arts
  • School of Social Sciences
  • School of Applied Human Sciences
  • School of Built Environment and Development Studies
  • School of Education

College of Law and Management Studies

  • Graduate School of Business and Leadership (Business Management Association in cooperation with Hampton College Durban)
  • School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • School of Law
  • School of Management, IT and Governance

An institute built in cooperation with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute is the new KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV, opened in 2012. It is on the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine campus.

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