A Warm Welcome to all Parents

Parents' Day

Welcome to the University of KwaZulu-Natal Parents’ Day information page. Unfortunately we could not be with you in person this year but we hope that you will find all the information that you require to help you and your child for the years ahead. Thank you for choosing UKZN as your University of choice. 


To be the Premier University of African Scholarship


A truly South African University of Choice that is academically excellent, innovative in research, entrepreneurial, and critically engaged with society.

Message from the Vice-Chancellor


A warm welcome to all Parents, Guardians and our first-year students who have joined us.

For parents and guardians, this is surely a poignant juncture as your offspring venture further out into the world, propelled by your years of care and nurture, your high hopes and tender concerns.

Professor Nana Poku

Professor Nana Poku


Ngiyanamukela nonke bazali, abanakekeli kanye nabafundi bonyaka wokuqala abayingxenye yethu.

Kubazali nabanakekeli, kuyinto ebaluleke kakhulu kulesi sikhathi njengoba izingane zenu ziqala ukuphuma ziya emhlabeni zigqugquzelwa iminyaka yokunakekelwa…

Welcome to your UKZN Virtual Parents’ Day Experience

About UKZN

UKZN is recognised as one of South Africa’s top research focused universities. It is one of the largest universities in Sub-Saharan Africa, with five campuses in the two cities of Durban and Pietermaritzburg:

  • Edgewood
  • Howard College
  • Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine
  • Pietermaritzburg
  • Westville

UKZN Management

The University of KwaZulu-Natal Executive Management is led by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Nana Poku and he is supported by the:

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College: Humanities
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College: Law and Management Studies
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College: Health Sciences
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of College: Agriculture, Engineering and Science
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation
  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning
  • Registrar
  • Executive Director: Human Resources
  • Executive Director: Corporate Relations
  • Chief Finance Officer
  • Executive Director: Institutional Planning and Governance

Did You Know

UKZN has more than a century of historical academic advancements. It was formed in 2004 as a result of a merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal.

UKZN’s KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV (K-RITH) and the Africa Centre for Population Health have been at the forefront of AIDS and TB research. The two research bodies have now united to become the Africa Health Research Institute.

UKZN is the only university in South Africa to offer a degree in Agricultural (Bioresources) Engineering that is fully accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa.


UKZN has been named one of the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings 2018. Ranked number 83, UKZN is the only South African University to feature in the top 100 list.

uniRank listed UKZN as the number one most popular university in Africa.


URAP listed UKZN among the top 1 000 universities in the world across 61 fields of study. UKZN was rated as SA’s best University to study Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, where no other South African universities featured.


UKZN is rated amongst the top 500 universities in the world and is the second most productive university in South Africa in terms of research output.

In 2017, the UKZN Research Office officially launched four Research Flagships to further strengthen the University’s research output and retain its status as a world-class and cutting-edge institution. The four Research Flagships are:

  • Social Cohesion – Addressing Inequality and Promoting Nation Building
  • African Health – Saving Lives
  • Big Data and Informatics – Computing Solutions
  • African Cities of the Future – Most Liveable Cities

Language Policy

UKZN identifies with the goals of South Africa’s multilingual language policy and seeks to be a key player in its successful implementation. There is a need to develop and promote proficiency in the official languages, particularly English and isiZulu.


A key goal for us is to create an enabling environment for our students to pursue their studies. This means that UKZN is committed to working with all our students to ensure their personal intellectual development, while at the same time, preparing them for the responsibilities and challenges they will face in a world increasingly characterised by competition, change and diversity.