Walter Sisulu University is a proudly Eastern Cape university. Our four campuses are spread throughout the eastern part of the Eastern Cape, from East London in the south, to Butterworth and Mthatha in the north and Queenstown to the west.
These four campuses have multiple sites. In East London, the University is spread over six sites – Potsdam, College Street, Cambridge Street, Chiselhurst, Buffalo City and the Heritage Building.
Queenstown (Komani), or the Whittlesea campus, and Butterworth, also known as Ibika, are sometimes grouped together, based on past history when these were managed as one campus.
The biggest of campuses is Mthatha which has two sites – Nelson Mandela Drive and Zamukulungisa.
As part of the turnaround strategy, numerous improvements have been made to the campuses which include the installation of wifi access, upgrading computer labs, ITS and security, student accommodation, teaching and learning equipment, improved access for people with disabilities, well-founded laboratories, teacher education infrastructure and infrastructure backlog.
Millions of rands are being invested in the campuses. Look at some of the areas on the revamp list:
- Improved elevators, ramps, toilets
- Student financial aid premises
- Fire station
- Atlanta residence
- New residence
- Revamped auditorium and Great Hall
- Health Sciences faculty
- Nurses lab
- Health sciences facility
- Zamukulungisa lecture theatres
- Teacher education infrastructure at Zamukulungisa
- Residence renovation
- Resource centre phase 2
- Old library now a learning space
Buffalo City campus
- Consolidation of campus
- Office block
- Student residence
- East London projects office
- Robotics workshop
- Share library with Fort Hare & Unisa
- CCTV cameras
- Engineering infrastructure
The campus is also due to benefit from the new organogram which sees each campus have its own rector. This change flows from the turnaround strategy to improve the management of the University.