Change the world


1. Vision

To be a dynamic African university, recognised for its leadership in generating cutting-edge knowledge for a sustainable future.

2. Mission

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.

3. Values

i. Respect for diversity

  • We reflect and serve diverse regional, national and global communities
  • We promote an open society where critical scholarship and the expression of a multiplicity of opinions and experiences are actively encouraged
  • We foster an environment in which diversity is appreciated, respected and celebrated
  • We are committed to accessibility, inclusivity and social justice

ii. Excellence

  • We promote, recognise and reward excellence in our teaching, learning, research and engagement 
  • We promote, recognise and reward excellent service delivery to all our stakeholders
  • We provide a supportive and affirming environment that enables students and staff to reach their full potential
  • We adopt innovative approaches to promote excellence in our institutional processes and systems


iii. Ubuntu

  • We are a people-centred university
  • We respect the dignity of others
  • We recognise our mutual interdependence
  • We promote compassionate and responsible citizenship

iv. Integrity

  • We act with integrity and accept responsibility for our actions
  • We behave in an ethical and professional manner
  • We conduct our activities in an accountable and transparent manner
  • We ensure the integrity of our information, systems and processes

v. Respect for the natural environment

  • We care about the environment and recognise our responsibility to conserve, protect and properly manage natural resources for ourselves and future generations
  • We promote the integration of sustainability principles into our academic practices, institutional operations and design of physical infrastructure
  • We encourage mutually beneficial and sustainable approaches to community service and engagement
  • We inspire students and staff to embrace environmentally friendly practices

vi. Taking responsibility

  • We acknowledge our personal responsibility for ethical behaviour towards others
  • We assume responsibility for the achievement of personal and institutional goals
  • We accept responsibility for our actions and the consequences thereof
  • We provide an environment that encourages students and staff to take responsibility for their academic and professional endeavours