UNIZULU has begun a major facelift with a R550m refurbishment of its current facilities and establishment of state of the art infrastructure at its KwaDlangezwa Campus.
Vice Chancellor, Professor Fikile NM Mazibuko said: “The project will bring about significant transformation and renewal of the academic enterprise and physical infrastructure. It is also in line with national imperatives, the higher education framework and our vision to refocus UNIZULU as a South African Comprehensive University of excellence and quality. The underlying principles of the project will place emphasis on academia and heighten the student experience. The University’s ability to deliver relevant and quality services to students and staff will also be strengthened.”
The 3-5 year project is financed by the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) infrastructure and efficiency development programme, University funding, donor funds and loans. Prof Mazibuko said: “This initiative is aligned with, and represents the implementation of the first phase of the newly developed Campus Masterplan which depicts infrastructure development over the next 5-20 years.”
The infrastructural development plans include accommodation, a student centre, multi-purpose building, theatre, construction of a perimeter fence, new student services and agriculture building, disability unit, upgrading of existing residence facilities, sport facilities, transport infrastructure, residence computer laboratories, a systems renewal project, the provision and upgrading of laboratory facilities, equipment, staff office space, ablution facilities and a large number of smaller projects.
The architectural plan also incorporates disability facilities, this will dramatically change the student experience and life on campus. Strain on current academic facilities due to overcrowding and a lack of maintenance will also be relieved.
UNIZULU Council, Management, staff and students are grateful to DHET, its sponsors and the financial institutions for their confidence and investment in the institution’s future. The University is also working on a new business plan and strategy for the Richards Bay Campus. The current strategic initiatives will not only renew and refocus the University’s academic offerings at the KwaDlangezwa Campus, but will also bring a new dimension to partnerships with FET Colleges and industry. Exciting new opportunities will be created for students to enrol for professional and accredited programmes through a structured model of articulation and recognition of prior learning, particularly in regards to accredited FET programmes.
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