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Eastern Cape

Where Leaders Learn

Rhodes University is relatively small with a strong residential system
and celebrates one hundred years of academic excellence in 2004.

Brief history
Rhodes University College was founded in 1904. Despite steady growth, Rhodes University is still a small university where excellence is, in part, a product of its smallness. The future of Rhodes lies not in greater numbers, but in increasing academic excellence. Rhodes University celebrates 100 years of ‘Where leaders learn’ in 2004. To participate in the celebrations visit: www.goRhodes.co.za.

While South Africa celebrates 10 years of democracy, Rhodes University is celebrating 100 years of excellence as a transformed, progressive and soundly-managed institution.

Unique culture
Rhodes University has a history of high achievement and is committed to meeting the challenges of the present and future. It is an internationally respected educational centre of excellence, which recognizes its southern African setting and the need to meet international standards in a non-racial society. With well-equipped facilities, a beautiful campus with a strong residential system, excellent teaching and the highest per capita research output in the country, Rhodes University is the ideal launch pad for a wide variety of careers.

Rhodes University is situated in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape.

Facilities and services
State-of-the-art conference and sports facilities are available. Students can also take advantage of services such as the Legal Aid Clinic, Psychology Clinic, Day Care Centre and Counselling and Careers Centre.

There are over forty societies affiliated to the Students’ Representative Council including political organizations, a campus radio station, a student newspaper, a chamber choir, a debating society, religious groups and other cultural groups.

A wide range of interesting sports activities are offered.

Faculties, degrees and diplomas
Courses are offered in the Faculties of - Commerce - Education - Humanities - Law - Pharmacy - Science.

Faculty of Law: Degrees: Bachelor of Laws (Four Years)
Master of Laws (One Year) Doctor of Philosophy (Two Years) Doctor of Laws (Four years).

Faculty of Pharmacy: Degrees: Bachelor of Pharmacy (Four Years); Master of Pharmacy (Two Years); Master of Science (Two Years); Master of Clinical Pharmacy (Two Years); Doctor of Pharmacy (Three Years); Doctor of Philosophy (Two Years); Doctor of Science (Four Years). Diploma: Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Pharmacology (One Year).

Faculty of Science: Degrees: Bachelor of Science (Three Years); Bachelor of Science (Information Systems) (Three Years); Bachelor of Science (Software Development) (Four Years); Bachelor of Science with Honours (One Year); Master of Science (One Year); Doctor of Philosophy (Two Years); Doctor of Science (Four Years). Diplomas: Postgraduate Diploma in Fisheries Science (One Year); Higher Diploma in Environmental Biotechnology (One Year).

The language of instruction is English.

Rhodes is committed to excellence in research and has the highest research output per capita in the country. The contribution of research to teaching ensures that the University produces analytical and creative graduates. The University and its associated Research Institutes are constantly seeking ways to increase and enhance its research. It is committed to undertaking excellent and internationally recognised research in all fields – particularly those relevant to South Africa.

Building research capacity of black and female staff as well as the identification and nurturing of research potential among young academics is one of the University’s primary goals.

Rhodes University encourages intra- and inter-disciplinary collaboration within the University as well as with other South African institutions. Rhodes is keen to develop exchange programmes with SADC and overseas universities.

The University is associated with a wide range of research institutions and affiliated organizations and boasts several leading areas of excellence.

Total administrative staff: 917. Total academic staff: 318.

Entrance requirements
Your application for admission to the University will be considered only if you qualify for a Matriculation Exemption (or equivalent) and if you satisfy the Faculty requirements.

There are 41 residences. Approximately 2 689 students are accommodated in residence, while approximately 3 147 are in private accommodation.

Rhodes University
General telephone number:
+27 (0)46 603 8111
Student Bureau:
Tel: +27 (0)46 603 8276
Fax: +27 (0)46 603 8300
E-mail: registrar@ru.ac.za
Web: www.ru.ac.za or
Postal Address: Rhodes University
PO Box 94, Grahamstown 6140
Johannesburg Office
PO Box 52303, Saxonwold 2132
Tel: +27 (0)11 788 5543.

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