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About us
The University Language Planning and Development Office falls under the University Teaching and Learning portfolio. It is headed by a Director who reports to the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Teaching and Learning.

Background
The Council of the University of KwaZulu-Natal first approved the University Language Policy in September 2006 (which was successfully revised in November 2014). This milestone was followed by the Charter to constitute the University Language Board (ULB), which was last amended in August 2010. The ULB thus is a sub-committee of Senate constituted in order to develop, implement, monitor and review the University Language Policy and Plan. The ULPDO was established consequent to the approval of the ULB. The ULPDO is a unit established to operationalize the University Language Policy and Plan through a clearly developed Language Programme.

Vision
To be the Centre of excellence in the promotion, development and the intellectualization of indigenous languages with specific reference to isiZulu.

Mission
To embrace and foster functional bilingualism at the University of KwaZulu-Natal through the promotion of equitable use of the English language and isiZulu as provided for in the University Language Policy (2006 revised in 2014). To achieve this, the office has set out the following objectives:
  • To promote the development of isiZulu to be a language of administration, teaching and learning, research and innovation while accentuating the role of English as a primary academic language.
  • To promote, facilitate and oversee the adherence to the statutory provisions in the development of technical terminology in isiZulu.
  • To monitor and render quality translation, editing and interpreting services to the entire university community.
  • To develop an isiZulu National Corpus and isiZulu Term Bank as important enablers in the development of robust Human Language Technologies (HLT) and for posterity.