Offers a mix of vocational and
academic programmes that advances freedom,
democracy, equality and human dignity.

Stellenbosch University is a public research university
situated in the town of Stellenbosch, South Africa.

Walter Sisulu University is a university of technology
and science located in Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa,
which came into existence on 1 July 2005 as a result of a merger
between Border Technikon

Established in 2004 as Vaal University of Technology (VUT),
it originated as a College of Advanced Technical Education (1966-1979)
and was later known as Vaal Triangle Technikon (1979-2003).

The University of Venda is a South African Comprehensive
rural based university,located in Thohoyandou in Limpopo province.

The University of Zululand is the only comprehensive tertiary educational institution
north of the Tugela River in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Tshwane University of Technology is a higher education institution in South Africa
that came into being through a merger of three technikons —
Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria.

The North-West University is a newly merged institution from 1 January 2004
onwards with three campuses at Potchefstroom, Mahikeng and Vanderbijlpark, South Africa


Nelson Mandela University is a South African university
with its main administration in the coastal city of Port Elizabeth.

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Durban University of Technology (DUT) continues to play an important role
in developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship.

Central University of Technology, Free State or
Central University of Technology is a University of Technology in
Bloemfontein in the Free State province of South Africa.

Cape Peninsula University of Technology, a university in Cape Town, South Africa,
is the only university of Technology in the Western Cape province,.
and is also the largest university in the province, with over 32,000 students.

Founded in 1829, UCT has a proud tradition of academic excellence and
effecting social change and development through its pioneering scholarship,
faculty and students.

The University of Pretoria is a multi-campus public research university in Pretoria,
the administrative and de facto capital of South Africa.

The University of South Africa is the largest university
on the African continent and attracts a third of all
higher education students in South Africa

The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg,
is a multi-campus South African public research university
situated in the northern areas of central Johannesburg.
It is more commonly known as Wits University.

The University of the Western Cape is a public university
located in the Bellville suburb of Cape Town, South Africa.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal or UKZN is a university with five campuses
in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2004
after the merger between the University of Natal and the University of Durban-Westville.

The University of the Free State is a multi campus public university in Bloemfontein,
the capital of the Free State and the judicial capital of South Africa.

Welcome to USAf

Welcome to USAf - Prof Ahmed Bawa

Creating an environment where universities in South Africa thrive and succeed

Universities South Africa, formerly known as Higher Education South Africa (HESA), is a membership organisation representing South Africa’s universities. Our new name was launched on 22 July 2015 in order to reposition the organisation as a representative body of South Africa’s public universities, that aims to promote a more inclusive, responsive and equitable national system of higher education. This event marked a new dawn for South Africa’s public universities as our leadership re-committed themselves to advancing the key mission of research, teaching and learning and community engagement, in a consultative and transparent manner.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Universities South Africa was also refocused and rebranded in keeping with international conventions for similar organisations. To that end, this association will strengthen and enhance the work started by HESA, established in 2005, with the merger of the South African Universities Vice-Chancellors Association and the Committee of Technikon Principals.

Through lobbying and advocacy, we promote and facilitate optimum conditions for our universities to operate effectively and contribute to the social, cultural and economic development of our country. We are a non-profit, non-statutory, voluntary and membership association.

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USAf’s member institutions

Our Mandate

Influence and contribute to policy positions regarding higher education;

Advocate and campaign for an adequately funded university sector

Facilitate effective dialogue among universities, government, business, parliament and other stakeholders on issues affecting universities;

Co-ordinate sector-wide engagement on major issues (e.g. transformation, differentiation, internationalisation, etc.);

Commission and disseminate research on key issues with implications for universities;

Provide value-adding services to member institutions;

Speak on behalf of universities on major issues with implications for their well-being;

Strengthen the creation of a Higher Education Governance System based on the principles of cooperative governance, institutional autonomy and academic freedom.

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