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Preparing leaders for tomorrow’s world

The University of Fort Hare (UFH) has provided tertiary education for many who later became African leaders. Established in 1916, it has evolved into one of South Africa’s most distinctive institutions of higher education. The University currently houses original ANC, PAC and Azapo liberation archives. It also hosts an ethnological research museum. The De Beers Centenary Art Gallery houses a collection of contemporary South African black art. The UFH also supports a Xhosa dictionary project, compiling a trilingual English-Afrikaans-Xhosa dictionary.

While the University is an important centre of learning for local people, nearly 50% of students are from other South African provinces and other countries. Staff have contacts throughout the world and in recent years have establish links with universities, research organizations and governments in many parts of the world.

The University is situated on the historic site of Fort Hare.

Fort Hare is mainly a residential University. Students are housed in on-campus dorms. Each group of residence clusters has its own dining-hall where meals are served.

The library, consisting of a main library and two branch libraries, contains over 140 000 volumes of books, journals and other material. The student centre overlooks sports facilities with a view of the Amatola mountains. There are some 23 clubs for students to join at the UFH. The large well-equipped Indoor Sports Centre caters for squash, badminton, basketball, darts, karate, basketball, chess, table-tennis, boxing, judo, snooker, jazz, gymnastics, weightlifting/body-building, squash, boxing and ballroom dancing. Facilities are available for outdoor sports such as cricket, floodlit soccer/rugby fields, tennis, netball, ring tennis, athletics, softball, golf and swimming.

There are four faculties: African and Democracy Studies Management, Development and Commerce Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and Science.

Entrance requirements
To qualify for admission at Fort Hare a students must hold a matriculation exemption, or an age exemption or a senate discretionary exemption, in which case s/he will have to take some course at foundation level.

University of the Witwatersrand
International Office
Private Bag 3
Wits 2050
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)11 717 1053/4/5
Fax: +27 (0)11 403 1385
Switchboard: +27(0)11 717 1000

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