Research at the University of Fort Hare

The University of Fort Hare is committed to the promotion of research as a core universityactivity and to the building of research capacity. Its research strategy recognizes the need for researchto address local, regional and national needs. It seeks ways to engage in a critical dialogue withpartners to build research in areas which complement the University’s historical niche as anAfrican university whilst ensuring internationally recognized excellence.The University is supported by the National Research Foundation and participates in its IRDP, Thuthuka and Focus Area Programmes. It has approved Research Niche Area programmes in: Water Resource Management; Sustainable Agriculture and Land Use Strategies; Culture, Heritage and Social Transformation; and Rural Household Economics. In collaboration with THRIP, Telkom funds a Centreof Excellence in the Computer Science Department.

Among the major supporters of research are the CSIR, ESKOM, the Medical Research Council, the Mellon Foundation, SANPAD, the Development Bankof South Africa and the Water Research Commission, as well as national and provincial governmentdepartments.Research administration at the Faculty level is overseen by the Faculty Research Committees,which coordinate and promote research among staff and students while the administration andpromotion of post‐graduate studies at the Faculty level is overseen by the Faculty Higher Degree Committees.The office of the Dean of Research is housed in the Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) based at both the Alice and East London Campuses.


The Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) was established through theamalgamation of the earlier office of the Dean of Research and the former Govan Mbeki Research Resource Centre (GMRRC). The Centre acts as a service to staff on all research and Research andDevelopment related matters across all campuses and administers the University’s research budget. Itstimulates, promotes and builds research capacity among staff and postgraduate students and works incollaboration with donors and national and international research bodies. The Centre also develops ‐and monitors the implementation of ‐ the University’s research, postgraduate and research ethicspolicies.The Directorate of Post‐Graduate Studies is located within the GMRDC and is responsible for thepromotion, development and implementation of post‐graduate teaching, services and activities acrossall campuses. Its main physical base is on the Alice Campus and on the East London campus within the Research and Post‐Graduate Centre at 4 Hill Street.



University of Fort Hare
Private Bag X1314
Alice 5700
Telephone: +27 (0) 40 602 2319
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East London
University of Fort Hare
4 Hill Street
East London 5200
Telephone: +27 (0) 43 704 7509/7511