Walter Sisulu University

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Walter Sisulu University
Former names
Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and University of Transkei
Motto A Developmental University
Type Public Comprehensive University
Established 2005
Chancellor Sheila Sisulu
Vice-Chancellor Prof R Midgely
Administrator Dr Lourens van Staden
Students 21,946
Location Mthatha, Butterworth, East London & Queenstown, Eastern Cape, South Africa
31°36′12″S 28°45′02″E / 31.60333°S 28.75056°E / -31.60333; 28.75056Coordinates: 31°36′12″S 28°45′02″E / 31.60333°S 28.75056°E / -31.60333; 28.75056
Campus 4 campuses
Colours White and Black          
Nickname WSU

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) is a university of technology and science located in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa, which came into existence on 1 July 2005 as a result of a merger between Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of Transkei. The university is named after Walter Sisulu, a prominent figure in the struggle against apartheid.


The University of the Transkei was established in the homeland of that name in 1976, initially as a branch of the University of Fort Hare at the request of the homeland government. The Border Technikon and Eastern Cape Technikon were established in the late 1980s and early 1990s.[1]

Turnaround strategy[edit]

Due to bankruptcy arising from poor state of the university's financial management, governance, human resources practices, and information technology systems, WSU was placed under administration in 2011. Professor Lourens van Staden was appointed as the administrator by the then-Minister of Higher Education and Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, in terms of the Higher Education Act.[2]


As one of six comprehensive universities in South Africa, WSU is a developmental university, focusing on urban renewal and rural development by responding to the socio-economic needs of community, commerce and industry through science, technology and innovation.

Administration and Organisation[edit]

The university is organised by faculty:

  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Faculty of Business, Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of humanities, social science and law
  • Faculty of natural science

Academic programmes[edit]

The university's 175 academic programmes are fully accredited by the Council on Higher Education which monitors higher education quality across South Africa. In addition, many of the programmes are also accredited by their respective professional bodies. The programmes are offered in:

  • Engineering
  • Science
  • Health
  • Information technology
  • Business management
  • Education
  • Fashion and art
  • Journalism and broadcasting
  • Tourism and hospitality management
  • Agriculture (in the planning stage).

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Walter Sisulu University". SARUA. Retrieved 2014-06-17. 
  2. ^ "Walter Sisulu University under administration". News24. 2011-11-02. Retrieved 2017-05-02.