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Walter Sisulu University was established on 1 July 2005 through a merger of the former Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of Transkei. WSU is a comprehensive university established in terms of the Higher Education Act, 1997 (Act No. 101 of 1997), as amended.

WSU has positioned itself as a gateway institution is improving access to higher education. As a developmental, comprehensive university, WSU offers students a wealth of academic choices, articulation and mobility across the qualifications ranging from certificates to diplomas, degrees and postgraduate studies. 

Strategically located within the Eastern Cape Province, WSU has a footprint of about 1,000 square kilometres across the urban and rural areas of the region. 

It provides the University with the platform to engage with the drivers of development so that an appropriate programme and research mix meets the needs of the region, province and country.

WSU focuses on quality academic, technological and career-orientated programmes that provide relevant skills for development in rural and urban areas, placing special emphasis on entrepreneurship.

WSU operates under a divisional governance and management system and has four campuses, each headed by a Campus Rector.

The four campuses with multiple delivery sites are spread across Mthatha, Butterworth, Buffalo City and Komani. Our delivery sites are:

  • Buffalo City: Cambridge Street Site, Buffalo City Stadium Site, Heritage Building Site, College Street Site, Chiselhurst Site, Potsdam Site
  • Butterworth: Ibika Site
  • Mthatha: Nelson Mandela Drive Site, Zamukulungisa Heights Site, Nkululekweni Site
  • Komani: Whittlesea Site and Grey Street Site.

WSU has a student population of around 27,000 and a staff component of approximately 2,000.

Geographical Position 

Spanning over 1,000 km in the province of the Eastern Cape, WSU is ideally positioned to deliver a wide range of educational and development opportunities.