Rhodes University

Rhodes University, Drosty Rd, Grahamstown, South Africa

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established Established :

31 May 1904

campus University Type and Campus :

Public ; Urban

Rhodes University is a public research university located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. It is one of four universities in the province. Established in 1904, Rhodes University is the province's oldest university, and it is the fifth or sixth oldest South African university in continuous operation, being preceded by the University of the Free State (1904), University of Witwatersrand (1896), Stellenbosch University (1866) and the University of Cape Town (1829). Rhodes was founded in 1904 as Rhodes University College, named after Cecil Rhodes, through a grant from the Rhodes Trust. It became a constituent college of the University of South Africa in 1918 before becoming an independent university in 1951.

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Motto: Strength, courage, truth

Endowment: R429.6 million

Administrative staff: 357

Students: 7,005

Undergraduates: 5,372

Postgraduates: 1,633

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