The University of Venda (Univen), situated in Thohoyandou in the scenic Vhembe district of the Limpopo Province of South Africa was established in 1982. The University of Venda 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 creates a unique atmosphere and a fertile environment for new ideas and a capacity for change. During each stage of transformation the university aligns its vision and mission to the needs of the community at local, regional, national, continental and international levels. This process of transformation creates significant changes in administrative governance and in the size and shape of the curriculum, which also attracts better qualified staff.
To date the University has established itself as a national asset through its niche on problem oriented, project based curriculum with a strength in nurturing under prepared students into nationally competitive graduates. The University has therefore become an important player in the South African higher education landscape, contributing significantly to the human resources and development needs of the country and region.
To be at the centre of tertiary education for rural and regional development in Southern Africa.
As a comprehensive institution, the University of Venda offers a range of undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in fields of study that are responsive to the development needs of the Southern African region, using appropriate learning methodologies and research.