Howard College: An Amazing Story on how it got its name.

Howard College UKZN. You have to read this Touching Story! Howard College has an amazing story, that not many people know. Founded in 1910 as the Natal University College (NUC) in Pietermaritzburg, the University of Natal was granted independent University status in 1949 owing to its rapid growth in numbers, its wide range of courses, and […]

Howard College UKZN. You have to read this Touching Story!

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Howard College 1931

Howard College has an amazing story, that not many people know. Founded in 1910 as the Natal University College (NUC) in Pietermaritzburg, the University of Natal was granted independent University status in 1949 owing to its rapid growth in numbers, its wide range of courses, and its achievements in and opportunities for research.

By that time, the NUC was already a multi-campus institution, having been extended to Durban after World War 1.

The distinctive Howard College building was opened in 1931, after a donation was received by Mr T B Davis. Howard College is named after his son Howard Davis, who was killed during the Battle of Somme in World War I.

In 1946, the government approved a Faculty of Agriculture in Pietermaritzburg and, in 1947, a Medical School for African, Indian and Coloured students in Durban.

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Howard College – Durban

The University of Durban-Westville was established in the 1960s as the University College for Indians on Salisbury Island in Durban Bay. Student numbers throughout the 1960s were low as a result of the Congress Alliances’ policy of shunning apartheid structures.

This policy gave way in the 1980s to a strategy of ‘education under protest’ which sought to transform apartheid institutions into sites of struggle. Student numbers grew rapidly and in 1971, the College was granted University status.

The following year, the newly-named University of Durban-Westville moved into its modern campus in Westville and was a site of major anti-apartheid struggle. UDW became an autonomous institution in 1984, opening up to students of all races.

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Howard College – 2014

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was formed on 1 January 2004 as a result of the merger between the University of Durban-Westville and the University of Natal.