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Walter Sisulu University is one of six comprehensive universities which offer both academic and technological qualifications. WSU is a developmental university that focuses on urban renewal and rural development. The University is named in honour of the iconic South African liberation struggle hero, the late Walter Max Ulyate Sisulu who was a close comrade of Nelson Mandela.
Number of students
Number of programmes offered
Over 175 accredited programmes
No of employees
Eastern part of the Eastern Cape
Butterworth, East London, Mthatha and Queenstown
Dr Brigalia Bam
Prof Khaya Mfenyana
Science, engineering and technology
Communication, business and management
Accounting and management sciences
Humanities, social sciences and law
Community & international partnerships
Over 175 partnerships throughout the world
Centres of engagement
Centre for Community and International Partnerships
Centre for Learning, Training and Development
Centre for Enterprise Development
Centre for HIV/Aids
Centre for Rural Development
WSU is a major economic player in the region with an asset value of over R5 billion and an annual budget of over R1 billion.
All WSU academic programmes (over 175 qualifications) are fully accredited by the Council for Higher Education.
WSU’s engineering programmes (Civil, Electrical and Mechanical) are also accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA).
The WSU Medical School is among the top 8 medical faculties in the world for Problem-based Community Learning. The World Health Organisation says: ”WSU has set a benchmark for universities across the world.”
WSU is working with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and the University of Cape Town on a project to become accredited to produce Chartered Accountants CA (SA).
WSU produced the first cohort of BSc Clinical Associates, a new breed of healthcare professionals to boost health services in rural areas.
The School of Journalism offers the only programme in Versatile Broadcasting in South Africa.
WSU was the first of 9 SA universities selected to house an e-skills Knowledge Centre Network Hub launched by the Deputy Minister of the Department of Communication.
WSU was awarded South Africa’s only research chair in Indigenous Knowledge Systems by the National Department of Science and Technology in conjunction with the National Research Foundation (NRF).
Mrs Albertina N Sisulu Doctor of Philosophy (Sociology 1992)
Mr Aggrey Klaaste, Doctor of Literature & Philosophy
Mr Chris Hani, Doctor of Literature & Philosophy (Political Studies) Posthumously
Dr Nkosazana C Dlamini-Zuma, Doctor of Medicine
Mr Jonathan Shapiro, Doctor of Literature
Ms Letta Mbulu, Doctor of Education (music)
To name only a few …
Odwa and Akhona Ndungane, Super 12 rugby players
Mziwoxolo Makholima, up-and-coming artist
Terence Nombembe, former Auditor-General
Chriselda Lewis, successful journalist
Mandisa Williams, female Springbok rugby captain
Lux September, FIFA communications chief
Msendi Fengu, award-winning journalist
Nomakhwezi Mzilikazi, decorated scientist
Tandazwa Ndita, senior judge
Tokozile Xasa, deputy minister in the South African government cabinet
Nonkululeko Gobodo, amongst the first black CAs to graduate
Judge Mbuyisei Madlanga, constitutional judge
Advocate Ntsebeza, member of the Marikana defence
Walter Sisulu University Private Bag x1 Nelson Mandela Drive MTHATHA 5117 CampusesButterworth Ibika 047 401 6000 Buffalo City
Potsdam 043 708 5200
College Street 043 702 9200
Cambridge Street 043 704 4800
Chistelhurst 043 709 4000
Buffalo City Stadium 043 702 9200
Heritage Building 043 703 8500 Mthatha
Nelson Mandela Drive 047 502 2111/2844
Zamulungisa 047 501 1400Nkululekweni 047 502 2111/2844 Queenstown
Whittlesea 040 842 6800Website www.wsu.ac.za
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