To be the “The Premier University of African Scholarship”

UKZN carries forward the vision of the predecessor plan and the privilege of making its own choices, while harnessing the expertise and energy of those within and outside the Institution – to grow the esteem of the University. This Vision differentiates UKZN from other research-led universities. In this era of rapid globalisation and in the context of vast and powerful forces of cultural imperialism, UKZN takes the responsibility to ensure the development of
intellectual enterprises which are relevant to the local socio-cultural context. The University sees itself as being central to the development of South Africa, and pivotal in efforts to advance globally-recognised African priorities. UKZN will therefore shape its African Scholarship agenda by ensuring that knowledge production systems which align to the local African context, inform the University’s global engagement.
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