There are five Campus in University of KwaZulu-Natal
Formerly the Edgewood College of Education before its incorporation in 2001, the Edgewood campus in Pinetown is the University’s primary site for teacher education and the home of the University’s Faculty of Education. Situated in Pinetown with easy access to the N3 highway and approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Durban, the campus offers sophisticated and attractive facilities to a growing number of Education students. The Faculty provides initial and in-service teacher education and offers university higher degrees in a wide range of specialisms in education as well as carrying out research and consultancy. The Faculty is actively engaged with policy-making in education in South Africa and contributes to the international profile of the university through participation in international conferences, teaching international students, hosting international visitors and publishing in international books and journals.
Durban is a vibrant coastal city renowned for its beaches and coastal resorts. The city is also a major South African port. The magnificent game reserves and estuaries of Maputaland, north of Durban, are a favourite getaway for staff and students alike. Opened in 1931 following a generous donation by Mr T B Davis, whose son Howard Davis was killed during the Battle of Somme in World War I, the Howard College campus is situated on the Berea and offers spectacular views of the Durban harbour. The campus is situated in a successful environmental conservancy and the lush gardens of the University reflect a commitment to indigenous flora and fauna. The Howard College Campus currently offers a full range of degree options in the fields of Science (including Geography and Environmental disciplines), Engineering, Law, Management Studies, Humanities (including Music) and Social Sciences (including Social Work). In addition, the campus offers Architecture and Nursing.
Medical School has been producing quality doctors for 54 years. Founded in 1950 as a “black faculty” in a “white institution”, for most of its history, the School has been synonymous with the struggle for democracy and racial equality. On its 50th anniversary in 2000, the Medical School received the finest birthday present it could have wished for – the agreement of former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Nelson Mandela, to link his name to the school. The campus is also home to the Doris Duke Medical Research Institute which was launched in July 2003, and which will train a new generation of clinical researchers, enhance the clinical research infrastructure in KwaZulu-Natal, and foster collaborations between research groups working on similar projects in South Africa and other countries.
Pietermaritzburg is located in the centre of the scenic Natal Midlands, close to numerous nature reserves and parks, only one hour's drive from Durban and two hours' drive from the Drakensberg. The city has a rich architectural heritage, with many fine examples of Victorian and Edwardian buildings. The city is the birthplace of the former University of Natal and its forerunner, the Natal University College, which opened its doors to 57 students in 1910. Two years later, Old Main Building was completed and the hub of the present-day PMB campus was established. The campus offers a wide range of innovative academic programmes, which have been successful in responding to local and provincial needs in the broad areas of Science and Agriculture, Education, Law, Human and Management Sciences. Unique to the Pietermaritzburg campus are the disciplines of Agriculture, Theology and Fine Art.
Located within an environmental conservancy about 8 kilometres from the CBD of Durban and Pinetown, the Westville campus combines state of the art infrastructure with beautiful natural surroundings. The campus’s Hindu temple and an Islamic place of worship reflect its rich multicultural history. It is also the official address of the University of KwaZulu-Natal, housing the Vice-Chancellor’s office, the offices of Executive members and University-wide administrative divisions. The campus currently offers programmes in Science, Engineering, Law, Commerce and Management, Humanities, Social Sciences and Health Sciences. As the merged institution takes shape, the Westville campus will be the home of Commerce and Management disciplines and some Health Sciences.
Interview- Exchange student of University of KwaZulu-Natal, Republic of South Africa
What is your major in Korea, and what was your major in the Republic of South Africa?
I majored in Public Administration in Korea. Nevertheless, I took a course in Business Administration in the Republic of South Africa. You are free to take any course you wish. My minor is Business Administration so I decided to study Business Administration. Africa is new trend as a market. Scientifically, maybe Korea is better than Africa, but I want to get a job that is related with the Africa market so as an exchange student to Africa there is an advantage for me. For this reason, I applied for exchange student and majored in Business Administration in the Republic of South Africa.
When is the best time to be an exchange student?
You should go for exchange student before your senior. I was an exchange student when I was senior so it’ was a little hard to adapt myself to new circumstances as a student preparing for employment. I think the best time to be an exchange student is maybe your junior year. In the fall semester of you sophomore you is the time to make an application, then you can be an exchange student as a junior.
Tell us about the university where you studied.
There are five colleges in that university, which are divided by major. The campus were I studied, is situated in a black ghetto. There is not distinction policy in the Republic of South Africa. Still there are boundaries of the ghetto between black people and white people. In the Republic of South Africa, most of the wealthy people are white, and poor people are black. So it is natural their residential districts are not in accordance. Because the university is located in a black ghetto, a large percentage of students are black people.
Tell us about South African students. Is there any special thing in comparison with other country’s students?
They study so hard. Students in university get scholarships from their local village. Therefore, if they do not study hard, they cannot get scholarships. In that manner, they cannot pay registration fee. Therefore, they study hard to study. Moreover, their ambition is enormous. Most Korea students want to be someone who can make a lot of money. However, African students want to be someone who can contribute to Africa. Their self-conceit as African is great. They think if their social ladder is higher, they can break the prejudice of Africa. Therefore, they study hard for Africa.
Tell us about the Republic of South Africa. It is little unfamiliar country to us.
As a traveler, the Republic of South Africa was the best site I have ever been. It was paradise. The Natural Environment is amazing and most of all prices are low. I was living on only 130,000-won per month. However, some people’s opinion is different from me. Therefore, my opinion about the Republic of South Africa is a little bit subjective.
It is a challenge for you to select a strange country. However, please remember this! It is all up to you. If you choose a familiar country as an exchange student, it can be unsatisfying. Wherever you go, it is up to you to enjoy the life of an exchange student. Make a challenge and enjoy the adventure.
Tips for living in the Republic of South Africa< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >
It is good to be a friend with the natives. If you want to learn African culture, it is better to be familiar with natives. I played, exercised, ate and partied with natives. Africans are open-minded so they can get along with others easily. There are lots of thing to learn from them. They can enjoy everything. In addition, especially, if you are friendly with natives it is much safer.