The School of Environmental Sciences was established in 1995 with only 35 students. The School has become one of the largest and has the most comprehensive programmes in Environmental Sciences in the whole of South Africa and even in the SADC region.
The major goal of the School is manpower training and applied research in environmental sciences.
The objective of manpower training and applied research is first to understand the nature and characteristics of the "natural" and human environment and second to apply that understanding to analyse and evolve strategies and policies that promote sustainable development of resources in order to help alleviate poverty and other socio-economic problems within the region. This is achieved through dissemination of knowledge and skills on sustainable resource allocation, development and management.
To be the centre of excellence in environmental sciences through active generation
and dissemination of knowledge and skills so as to enhance sustainable utilization
of natural resources for national and regional development
To provide professional training in environmental sciences at all levels and to undertake applied research that links the University to the needs of the region, nation and international community.