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The University of Venda, situated in Thohoyandou in the scenic Vhembe district of the Limpopo Province of South Africa was established in 1982. The university has ever experienced tremendous growth and change. From its early years, staff members were drawn from various backgrounds in South Africa but by 1994 staff members were increasingly recruited from other African countries and overseas.

The presence on campus of staff from diverse backgrounds created a unique atmosphere and a fertile environment for new ideas and a capacity for change.

During this time the institution remained a traditional university that offered a full range of courses straddling the humanities, social sciences, natural and applied sciences.

With the advent of democracy in 1994 and new leadership at the helm, Univen embarked on a process of accelerated transformation. From 1995 the university shifted its focus to science and technology, resulting in the introduction of new programmes with an increase in student enrolment in the natural and applied sciences.

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A university leading in engaged scholarship

The University of Venda produces graduates that are locally relevant and globally competitive

Institutional Values

• We are driven by Quality and Excellence in all we do and passionate about learning, innovation and creativity;

• We embrace Accountability and are committed to the responsible use of human, fiscal & physical resources;

• We are open and transparent to public scrutiny;

• We are passionate about our Integrity and accept the responsibility to act ethically;

• We believe in Respect and treating all people and our stakeholders with civility and dignity;

• We believe in Diversity and recognize and respect diversity in all its manifestations;

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