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
Students 21,946
Undergraduates Yes
Postgraduates Yes
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 - Mthatha, East London (Buffalo City), Butterworth, Komani (Queenstown)
Colours White and Black          
Nickname WSU

Walter Sisulu University (WSU) is a university of technology and science located in Mthatha, East London (Buffalo City), Butterworth and Komani (Queenstown). 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 the 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]


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 campus and then by faculty:

*Buffalo City (East London) - Faculty of Engineering - Faculty of Business Sciences

*Butterworth - Faculty of Engineering and Technology - Faculty of Business Sciences - Faculty of Education

*Komani (Queenstown) - Faculty of Education, Finance and Management

*Mthatha - Faculty of Health Sciences - Faculty of Educational Sciences - Faculty of Humanities, Social Sciences and Law - Faculty of Natural Sciences - Faculty of Commerce and Administration

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Walter Sisulu University". SARUA. Retrieved 2014-06-17.