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Rhodes University

Vis, virtus, veritas - Strength, courage, truth

Rhodes University, Drosty Rd, Grahamstown, South Africa + Add review


Rhodes University is one of the four universities that are located in the Eastern Cape. It is situated in Makhanda and was established in 1904. This makes it the oldest university in the province, and one of the oldest in the country that is still in operation. The university is 115 years old, an impressive age for a university in any country. 

Originally, it was known as Rhodes University College, named after Cecil Rhodes. The university lives by its motto of “Where Leaders Learn,” and strives to develop students that are skilled professionals, caring and compassionate citizens, and can contribute to the betterment of the country. Rhodes University is a popular choice for those who are interested in the arts and humanities, but also offers diverse sciences and law courses.

Some of the more well-known alumni include Ian Roberts, Wilbur Smith, and Marguerite Poland. It aims to become an internationally respected institution while also upholding its African identity. The university is committed to maintaining democratic ideals and thrives on academic freedom. The students are encouraged to be socially responsible and interact with the community. There are several volunteering programmes on offer for students who want to give back while furthering their studies. 

Rhodes University Faculties and Schools

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

These six faculties are further divided into 30 academic departments, eleven of which are in the humanities faculty, which is the largest in the university.