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University of Durban-Westville

The University of Durban-Westville (UDW) was a university situated in Westville, Durban, South Africa, which opened in 1972. It is now one of the campuses of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It was initially established for Indians, as during apartheid there were few universities that admitted non-White students. Prior to the building of UDW, Indian students traveled by ferry to a facility at Salisbury Island, which had been established in 1961 as the University College for Indians[1][2] UDW offered degrees in commerce, law, engineering, and sciences. Later an indoor sports centre was built, which hosted national sporting events. UDW was the hub of many student anti-apartheid political rallies.

University of Durban-Westville
Established1972 (successor to Indian University College [Salisbury Island], established in 1961)

Campaign of intimidationEdit

In 1995 it was reported that staff members had been subjected to death threats, violence, break-ins to their homes and offices and smear campaigns by other staff members.[3][4][5]


On 1 January 2004 the University was merged with the University of Natal to create the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Salisbury Island Reunion UKZN Alumni Affairs
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ It's spy vs spy at UDW, Philippa Garson, The Weekly Mail, 13 October 1995
  4. ^ Race slur man shuns Oxford, David Jobbin,Times Higher Education Supplement, 14 July 1997
  5. ^ Sociology head is forced into hiding, Times Higher Education, 11 September 1995