Oldest Universities in South Africa

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Oldest Universities in South Africa

What are the oldest Universities in South Africa?, Which one is the oldest university in South Africa?, What is the oldest university in Africa?, What is the oldest university residence in South Africa? , What is the oldest black university in Africa? We answer these questions through year of foundation.

Oldest Universities in South Africa

1. University of Cape Town

UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys.

The College had a small tertiary-education facility that grew substantially after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north – and the resulting demand for skills in mining – gave it the financial boost it needed to grow.

The College developed into a fully fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900.

2. University of the Witwatersrand

Public university, The origins of Wits University lie in the South African School of Mines, which was established in Kimberley in 1896 and transferred to Johannesburg as the Transvaal Technical Institute in 1904

3. University of the Free State

Foundation Yea 1904, as the Grey University College, with six students in the Humanities. Today it is a multi-campus institution, with two diverse campuses in Bloemfontein and one in Qwaqwa in the scenic Eastern Free State, accommodating more than 40 000 students in its seven faculties, with an increasing number of international students and associates, and an ever-widening scope of active involvement in and contribution to its surrounding communities.

4. Rhodes University

Rhodes was founded in 1904 as Rhodes University College, named after Cecil Rhodes, through a grant from the Rhodes Trust. It became a constituent college of the University of South Africa in 1918 before becoming an independent university in 1951.

5. University of Pretoria

The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of Africa’s top universities and the largest contact university in South Africa. The university was established in 1908.

6. Universiteit Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch University is a public research university situated in Stellenbosch, a town in the Western Cape province. Founded: April 2, 1918.

7. University of the Western Cape

In 1959, Parliament adopted legislation establishing the University College of the Western Cape as a constituent college of the University of South Africa for people classified as “Coloured”. The first group of 166 students enrolled in 1960.

8. University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN)

UKZN is a residential, teaching and research-led university located in the picturesque province of KwaZulu-Natal. The year 2010 marked the centenary of higher education in the province of KwaZulu-Natal a centenary of scholarship, innovation and community engagement. UKZN formed on 1 January 2004 after the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville.

9. University of Fort Hare

University of Fort Hare established 1916. Originally called the South African Native College (SANC), the University of Fort Hare in Alice, in the Eastern Cape.

10. University of Limpopo

It was formed on 1 January 2005, by the merger of the University of the North and the Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA).

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