A truly South African university that is
academically excellent, innovative in research, critically engaged with
society and demographically representative, redressing the
disadvantages, inequities and imbalances of the past.
PRINCIPLES AND CORE VALUES Actively
encourage and respect the right of all scholars, staff and students to
engage in critical inquiry, independent research, intellectual discourse
and public debate in a spirit of responsibility and accountability, in
accordance with the principles of academic freedom and institutional
The University aspires to be a positively transformed institution based
on a clear understanding of its goals for broad and comprehensive change
underpinned by shared values. These values serve as a framework for all
As the University community we pledge ourselves to:
Promote access to learning that will expand educational and employment opportunities for all.
our responsibility as a public institution to support and contribute to
national and regional development, and the welfare and upliftment of
the wider community, through the generation and dissemination of
knowledge and the production of socially-responsible graduates.
ourselves according to the highest ethical standards, and provide
education that promotes an awareness of sound ethical practice in a
and run our institution in conscious awareness of the environment, and
foster a culture of responsible, ethical and sustainable use of natural
effective governance through broad and inclusive participation,
democratic representation, accountability, and transparency that serves
as an example that contributes to building the democratic ethos of our
value of the individual by promoting the intellectual, social and
personal well-being of staff and students through tolerance and respect
for multilingualism, diverse cultures, religions and social values, and
by fostering the realisation of each personís full potential. GOALS
The goals of the University are: African-led Globalisation:
To promote African-led globalisation through African scholarship by
positioning the University, through its teaching, learning, scholarship,
research, and innovation, to enter the global knowledge system on it.
Responsible Community Engagement:
To contribute through knowledge to the prosperity and sustainability
of our province, and to nation-building, by connecting with and
committing ourselves to the communities we serve in a manner that adds
value and earns their respect, admiration and trust.
Pre-eminence in Research:
To build a research ethos that acknowledges the responsibility of
academic staff to nurture its postgraduate students, and to be a
pre-eminent producer of new knowledge that is both local and global in
context, and defines UKZN as the premier university of African
Excellence in Teaching and Learning: To
promote excellence in teaching and learning through creative and
innovative curriculum design and development, pedagogical strategies,
practices in accordance with the highest quality management principles.
Institution of Choice for Learners:
To establish the University as an institution of choice that values
students in all their diversity and has a student-centred ethos,
providing students with curricula, teachers, infrastructure and support
services designed around their needs and producing well-educated,
competent, sought-after graduates.
Institution of Choice for Staff:
To establish the University as an institution of choice that
attracts and retains academic and support staff of the highest calibre
by creating an intellectual environment that fosters and stimulates
academic life, and a climate of organisational citizenship in which all
staff recognise and understand their role in ensuring the success of the
Efficient and Effective Management:
To establish and maintain efficient, effective management systems
and processes that provide a caring and responsive service to meet
internal and external needs in a pragmatic and flexible manner.