The Guide to South African Higher Education | 18th Edition

Rhodes University

An Engaged University: Connecting Global and Local Realities


“Rhodes University’s vision is to be an outstanding internationally-respected academic institution which proudly affirms its African identity and which is committed to democratic ideals, academic freedom, rigorous scholarship, sound moral values and social responsibility”.

A 114-year old institution, located in the creative city of Grahamstown/Makhanda, which hosts the annual National Arts Festival and Scifest Africa, Rhodes University currently has six faculties, 35 academic departments, 55 research related entities, and five affiliated institutions.

Unique Strategic Academic Proposition

Rhodes University offers a unique value proposition to current and prospective students and staff, and communities at local, national and global levels, all underpinned by the principles of sustainability, transformation, local relevance and global impact.


The six faculties at Rhodes University include:

  • Commerce
  • Education
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Pharmacy
  • Science


Among the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA), Rhodes is the most efficient research university. Rhodes University now hosts 14 South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) chairs, with a 15th hosted as a Rhodes Professor in the associated South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB).

Teaching and Learning

The curriculum at Rhodes University is renewed on an ongoing basis. A full-scale institutional curriculum review was undertaken in 2017. Rhodes continues to have one of the best undergraduate and postgraduate throughput rates in the country.

While the Law Faculty is one of the smallest in the country, it has produced more than 35 permanent judges of the High courts of South Africa, including of the Supreme Court of Appeal and the Constitutional Court and has the best staff/student ratio in the country with top-class library and research facilities.

Community Engagement

Rhodes University has become a leading engaged university. Over the last year, 810 well-trained students have volunteered weekly in 76 community partner organisations.

Rhodes University

The Student Bureau, Registrars Division
P.O. Box 94, Grahamstown

Tel: +27(0)46 603 8111
Fax: +27(0) 46 603 7350

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