University of Fort Hare Alice Campus

University of Fort Hare Alice Campus

University of Fort Hare Alice Campus, Alice is the main campus of UFH and is situated in the Tyume valley about 120 km from East London. The University was established in 1916.

The campus is situated next to the town of Alice which is the capital of Nkonkobe municipality, formally known as the Ciskei.

Alice campus had 11 074 students in 2011 and currently has 5 faculties.


In lumine tuo videbimus lumen (“In your light we shall see the light”)


All faculties offer qualifications from undergraduate to doctoral level:

  • Faculty of Law (Nelson R. Mandela School of Law)
  • Faculty of Management & Commerce
  • Faculty of Science & Agriculture
  • Faculty of Social Sciences & Humanities


The University of Fort Hare is a vibrant, equitable and sustainable African university, committed to teaching and research excellence at the service of its students, scholars and wider community.


The mission of the University is to provide high quality education of international standards contributing to the advancement of knowledge that is socially and ethically relevant, and applying that knowledge to the scientific, technological and social- economic development of our nation and the wider world.

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 Principles & Values

  •  To ensure that the universal values of justice, integrity, discipline, love, kindness, non-injury and concern for the wellbeing of others shall serve as a source of our thought, speech and action.
  • To respect and affirm the dignity, equality, freedom and rich cultural diversity of all human beings as the basis for peace and social justice.
  • To commit ourselves to the pursuit of truth, intellectual honesty, openness to ideas and excellence through the attainment of the highest professional and ethical standards in teaching, learning, research and community service.
  • To endorse and encourage the endeavour for academic success as being critically linked with the striving towards an ever-deepening expression of our humanity.
  • To uphold and honour the dignity of the university, to preserve its heritage, spirit and assets and to observe its statute, rules and regulations as well as the laws of the country.
  • To encourage an orientation of imaginative, collaborative, problem-solving and entrepreneurial thinking in addressing the challenges that we face.
  • As a staff member, to be a responsible, caring mentor in all our dealings with students and with each other.
  • To not discriminate, directly or indirectly, on the grounds of birth, race, colour, national, ethnic or social origin, gender, age, illness or disability, language, culture, political or other opinion, religion, conscience, belief, marital status, pregnancy or sexual orientation.
  • To be ever conscious of the need to develop a responsible relationship with the earth and to understand our critical role to protect and preserve it for future generations.
  • To undertake teaching and research that will responsibly harness the benefits of all the sciences for the well-being of humanity, being conscious of the harm inherent in the irresponsible use of knowledge.


Alice campus has 33 residences but some of these are clusters. Each residence has its unique character but all of them of are of the highest calibre.

Notable alumni

  • Archibald Campbell Jordan : Novelist, pioneer of African studies
  • Robert Mugabe : President of Zimbabwe
  • Kenneth Kaunda : First President of Zambia
  • Mangosuthu Buthelezi : Leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party
  • Archbishop Emeritus : South African peace activist,
  • Seretse Khama : First President of Botswana
  • Yusuf LuleInterim : President of Uganda 1979
  • Chris Hani : Leader of the SA Communist Party
  • Oliver Tambo : Member, African National Congress
  • Joshua Nkomo : Founder of the ZAPU.
  • Julius Nyerere : President of Tanzania
  • Govan Mbeki : South African politician
  • Kaiser Matanzima : President of bantustan Transkei
  • Nelson Mandela : Former President of South Africa


Fort Hare was originally a British Fort at the time when the Xhosas and the British settlers were at war around the 19th century. You can still see ruins of the fort as well as graves of some British soldiers.