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UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) Update 2024



UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) Update 2024

UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) Update 2024. UKZN Extended Learning (UEL) is undergoing a significant restructuring process as part of its alignment with the new strategic direction of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Starting in 2024, UEL will merge with the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L). This change is in accordance with UKZN’s newly approved 5-year strategy, which aims to enhance the institution’s educational offerings and operational efficiency.

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Leadership Transition

Leading UEL through this transformative period is the newly appointed CEO, Mr. Crispin Hemson. Mr. Hemson brings extensive experience to his role, having previously served as the Head of the School of Education at UKZN. His leadership at the International Centre of Nonviolence at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has also established him as a prominent figure in the field of education. His expertise and vision are expected to drive UEL’s successful integration with GSB&L and enhance its educational impact.

Expansion of  Programmes and Offerings

Following a quiet start to the year, UEL is poised for rapid growth and expansion in its range of educational programmes. Notably, the flagship Management Development Programme is scheduled to launch in Durban on August 21, 2024, and in Richard’s Bay on September 11, 2024. This programme aims to equip managers with essential skills and knowledge for effective leadership in various industries.

In addition to the Management Development Programme, UEL is introducing an exciting array of new courses tailored to the shipping and aeronautical industries. These courses are designed to meet the specific needs of professionals in these fields, providing them with advanced training and development opportunities.

Public Sector Engagement

UEL is also extending its educational offerings to the public sector, focusing on areas such as health, higher education, and diplomacy. By providing targeted short courses in these critical sectors, UEL aims to contribute to the professional development of public sector employees and improve service delivery in these fields.

Integration with UKZN

One of the key aspects of the restructuring process is the integration of UEL’s short course programme with the broader UKZN framework. This move will ensure that UEL’s courses are more closely associated with the UKZN brand, enhancing their credibility and appeal. The integration is expected to streamline operations, improve course quality, and provide a more cohesive educational experience for students.


The ongoing restructuring and strategic initiatives at UKZN Extended Learning mark a significant evolution in the institution’s approach to continuing education. With strong leadership, an expanded range of programmes, and a closer alignment with UKZN, UEL is well-positioned to deliver high-quality education and training to a diverse audience. Stay tuned for more updates as UEL continues to grow and innovate in the coming years.

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