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University of Limpopo Finding solutions for Africa.


he University of Limpopo celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2019. With a strong history in the struggle against apartheid, the university counts among its alumni the current Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni and President Cyril Ramaphosa. Located in the rural township of Mankweng in the Capricorn District of the Limpopo Province with an enrolment of 22 000 students, the university plays a vital role in the region. New hostels are being built to accommodate increasing demand and the university is expanding its curriculum and the scope of its research.

History The University College of the North was established in 1959 in terms of legislation which aimed to create ethnicallybased institutions. However, the University of the North became a centre of resistance to apartheid. In 1972, Onkgopotse Tiro sharply criticised Bantu education in a graduation speech. He was expelled and later killed by a parcel bomb while exiled in Botswana. The University of Limpopo is the result of a 2005 merger between the former Medical University of Southern Africa and the University of the North. In 2015 the University of Limpopo became a standalone

institution with its own Faculty of Health Sciences, offering qualifications in medicine, nursing, dietetics and nutrition, pharmacy, optometry and medical sciences. The 60th anniversary celebrations coincided with the inauguration of the university’s first female Chancellor, Dr Nkosazanza Dlamini-Zuma. A qualified medical practitioner, she was the first Minister of Health in post-apartheid South Africa and is currently Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.

Vision: To be a leading African university focused on the developmental needs of its communities and epitomising academic excellence and innovativeness. Mission: A university which responds actively to the development needs of its students, staff and communities through relevant and higher-quality education and training, research and community engagement, and in partnership and collaboration with its stakeholders. Values: Accountability; Transparency; Integrity; Academic Freedom; Excellence and Professionalism. Faculties Health Sciences Schools of Health Sciences and Medicine. Humanities Schools of Languages and Communication Studies; Education; Social Sciences. Science and Agriculture Schools of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Mathematical and Computer Sciences; Molecular and Life Sciences; Physical and Mineral Science. Management and Law Schools of Economics and Management; Law; Accountancy; Turfloop Graduate School of Leadership ■

Contact details Physical Address: C/O R71 Tzaneen Road and University Street, Mankweng Township, Polokwane, Limpopo Province Tel: +27 15 268 9111 Enrolment email: Website:


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