Universities in Swaziland

Southern Africa Nazarene University

Manzini, Swaziland
Southern Africa Nazarene University is a new university that was launched in 2010 by bringing together three colleges, the Nazarene College of Nursing, Nazarene Teacher Training and the Nazarene College of Theology. The University is the result of the dream of the Swaziland Church of the Nazarene as it seeks to extend its long history of service in the Kingdom of Swaziland. The dream became reality through the efforts of all stakeholders: the National Board of the Church of the Nazarene in Swaziland, the Government of Swaziland, the Africa Region and International Board of Education in... See full description.

University of Swaziland

Kwaluseni, Swaziland
The school was founded in 1964 and currently comprises the faculties of Agriculture, Education, Health Sciences, Humanities, Commerce, Science, and Social Science. It is known to be primarily an undergraduate institution, granting B.A., B.Ed., B.Sc., B.Com, B.N.Sc, and Agric degrees. Still, there are some postgraduate degrees in Agriculture, Chemistry, Education and History, while the school also plans to open Ph.D. programs soon. Another recent initiative is an online platform, which is going to enable the university to offer distance learning opportunities. Overall, the institution is... See full description.

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About universities in Swaziland

Swaziland is a small country located between South Africa and Mozambique. In Swaziland, higher education is offered by the publicly funded University of Swaziland, Swaziland College of technology and 4 other publicly funded colleges. The University Council is responsible for overseeing operations at the university in Swaziland.

The university in Swaziland mainly offers bachelor’s degree programs. Master degree programs are offered in a very few fields of study. A doctorate program is offered in one faculty. English is the medium of instruction in almost all degree programs.

The higher education system in Swaziland follows the British system. The master’s degree programs and PhD programs are research oriented. In Swaziland, higher education is free for eligible students. The Government also offers adult education to improve literacy.

Bachelor’s degree programs in Swaziland

The University of Swaziland offers bachelor’s degree programs in various faculties, including arts, science, commerce, education, humanities, nursing science and agriculture. Those who have completed the “O” level General Certificate of Education successfully are eligible to access higher education in the country. The candidate must have six passes in the GCSE exam or have an equivalent high school qualification to gain admission into a bachelor’s degree program in Swaziland. ‘C’ grade or higher in English and four other subjects, are generally considered being pre-requisite for an admission.

Bachelor’s programs in Swaziland typically last four years. The academic year is divided into two semesters, which comprises fifteen weeks each. The students need to take a final exam at the end of each year. Grade of A is the first class degree, which is rarely awarded.  B and C grades are considered to be good grades as well. The bachelor’s degree is awarded to students who have overall obtained at least a ‘D’ grade.

Master’s Programs in Swaziland

Master’s degree programs are offered in few faculties in Swaziland. Adult education, agriculture, chemistry, history, environment resource management, and crop science are some of the popular master’s degrees in Swaziland. Master of education in curriculum and teaching, educational foundation, and management are also offered by the public university in Swaziland.

Those who have completed their bachelor’s degree, with D grade or better, can enroll into a master degree program in the respective field of study. The masters programs include coursework and thesis. Students can take the program on a full time or part time basis. Full time master’s degree programs last three years, while part time programs take four years to complete. Failure to complete the program within the maximum allowable period will lead to the student having to discontinue the program. The course work consists of core and elective courses. The core courses are mandatory and are prescribed by the respective department. The students can choose elective courses. Those who have obtained an overall aggregate of at least 50 percent in each semester are awarded the master’s degree in Swaziland.

Doctorate Program in Swaziland

The primary public university of Swaziland offers a doctorate program in one field- agricultural education. Those who have successfully completed their master’s degree in agriculture can pursue the doctorate.

In order to develop science and technology knowledge in the country, the public university has recently started an electronic engineering program.

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