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Monash University, South Africa campus

Monash South Africa, Monash University
Motto Ancora Imparo (Latin)
Motto in English
I am still learning
Established 2001
Type Private university
Administrative staff
220 (70 academics)
Students 4,500
Location Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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Affiliations Group of Eight ,Laureate International Universities

Monash South Africa, Monash University was opened in 2001. It was the first foreign university established in South Africa. It is located on a 100 hectare site in Ruimsig in north-west Johannesburg, in the province of Gauteng. The student mix at Monash South Africa is diverse. In addition to domestic (South African) students, the campus is also home to many students from other African states who are funded by government bursaries. For example, a large number of students from Botswana attend the university. Furthermore, the number of students on exchange from Monash's Australian and Malaysian campuses makes it one of the most ethnically diverse universities in Africa. Many students live in the on-campus accommodation.[1]

In August 2013, the campus announced that it will partner with Laureate Education.[2] The current Academic President of the South Africa campus is Professor Alwyn Louw and the CEO is Esther Benjamin, who also heads up the Laureate Africa Operations.


Beginning in the 1990s, Monash University began an extensive internationalisation program. Vice-Chancellor at the time, David Robinson, aspired for Monash to have campuses on every continent.[3] The University's Malaysia Campus was the first of these, with plans for an African campus developing in the late 1990s. In 2001, it became the first international university to gain registration to operate in South Africa.[4]

The plan was initially opposed by some of the staff at Monash's Australian campuses, who were concerned that millions was being poured into overseas ventures, while staff were being made redundant in Australia.[5]

The campus has expanded rapidly since its establishment in 2001. In its first intake, Monash South Africa took on just over 100 students. By 2008, there were over 2200 students, and the University is rapidly expanding the campus to keep up with a demand for places which is increasing by 35% per year. A new library and learning commons were opened in 2007. Initially, the campus taught only a limited range of undergraduate degrees. In 2006, honours programs were introduced. Monash South Africa is the only Private University to receive SAICA accreditation for its Accounting degree.

The University is also developing the campus' research capacity, developing research nodes in water, injury prevention and global movements. Its research output (various projects and scholarly publications) is increasing, with the ambition of becoming one of the most research-intensive universities in Africa.[6]

Schools and Courses


Monash South Africa offers undergraduate courses in four schools. Currently, the schools at Monash South Africa are:

School of Business and Economics

Monash South Africa's School of Business and Economics forms part of the Monash Faculty of Business and Economics. The school offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas:

School of Health Sciences

Monash South Africa's School of Health Sciences began operations in 2010. The school currently offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas:

School of Information Technology

School of Social Sciences

Monash South Africa's School of Social Science offers undergraduate degrees in the following areas:

  • African Studies
  • Child and Youth Development
  • Communications and Media Studies
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • French Language and Studies
  • Geography and Environmental Science
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Literary and Cultural Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology1
  • Public Relations Practice
  • Sociology
  • School of Social Science Homepage

1The Bachelor of Social Science with a major in psychology is accredited by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA).


Monash South Africa offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and short courses. Currently, the degrees and short courses on offer are:



Short Courses

List of short courses offered at Monash South Africa

Foundation Programme

In addition, the campus also offers a Foundation Programme course for students who do not meet the minimum requirements for admission into the various undergraduate degrees on offer.

Research centre

Monash Africa Centre

The Monash Africa Centre is a multi-disciplinary, multi-functional space.The centre plays host to international high-level forums as well as offering relevant training and flexible education opportunities through short courses,and a space to consult with clients in creating and refining business, learning, development and personal growth strategies, and provides a setting for rigorous debate and public lectures.


The campus is located in Ruimsig, which is 25 km north-west of central Johannesburg. It is a purpose-built, greenfield, 100 hectare campus, which contains among the most modern and state of the art technologies of any Monash University campus. The campus also has extensive sporting facilities, including basketball and volleyball courts, and a field for rugby, soccer and hockey.[7]

The establishment of the campus has led to significant development in the local area, with several shopping centres, sporting and leisure facilities opening since 2001. The local area also contains substantial accommodation for those students who do not live on-campus.

Governance and Administration

Monash South Africa is wholly owned by Monash University Australia, which is a public university incorporated under an Act of the Parliament of Victoria. Monash South Africa itself is registered with the South African Department of Education as a private higher education provider, and an incorporated, not-for-gain association.[8]



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