Mthatha Campus Overview

Walter Sisulu University runs 186 academic programmes accredited by the Council of Higher Learning. WSU is a university of technology in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape.

The Mthatha campus of Walter Sisulu University has two delivery sites: 

  • Nelson Mandela Drive
  •  Zamukulungisa Heights.


Mission Statement

  • Provide an educationally vibrant and enabling environment that is conducive to the advancement of quality academic, moral, cultural and technological learner-centred education for holistic intellectual empowerment, growth and effective use of information; Provide and maintain the highest possible standards in innovative learning and teaching, applied, basic and community-based research and community partnerships in cooperation with development agencies, the public and private sectors
  • Provide affordable, appropriate, career-focused and professional programmes that address rural development and urban renewal with primary emphasis on science, technology and development studies
  • Create a new generation of highly-skilled graduates capable of understanding and addressing complex societal challenges, with critical scholarly and entrepreneurial attributes grounded on morally sound work ethics and responsible leadership

Notable Alumni

  • Nonkululeko Gobodo CA(SA), first black woman CA(SA) (BCom)
  • Terence Nombembe CA(SA), Auditor-General of South Africa from 2006 to 2013 (BCom 1982)


  • Academic Freedom: In line with our vision and mission as an accountable institution, we acknowledge our right to exercise academic freedom in a responsible way, in teaching and learning, in research and in community service.
  • Access and Success: We provide equitable access to higher and continuing education at all stages of adult life to students who have a potential to succeed.
  • Quality: We commit to institution-wide quality management, value and reward excellence and uphold and protect the integrity of the University.
  • Transformation: We are committed to addressing equity imperatives, diversity, and entrepreneurship and to democratic governance.
  • People Development: We are committed to the optimum development of the human resources potential and leadership capacity of all staff.
  • Caring University: We commit to mutual respect, ubuntu, humility, good citizenship, student centredness and endorse and uphold all principles of Batho Pele*.
  • Resource Consciousness: We commit to utilising the University’s resources prudently and responsibly at all times with a view to adding maximum value to the institution.