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The University of Natal was a university in Natal, and later KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa. From 1 January 2004, the University of Natal merged with University of Durban-Westville to form the University of Kwazulu-Natal. In a fascinating visit to University archives in Pietermaritzburg, I learnt that the University of Natal started out in life in 1906, when Natal University College opened in Pietermaritzburg. Lectures were held at Maritzburg College, the City Hall and the Natal Museum.
There were initially 57 students, including 8 women, and eight professors who lectured the students in classics, English, philosophy, law, modern languages, botany, geology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and zoology. In August 1912, the NUC moved into what is now known as the Old Main Building, which had been built on 16ha of land donated by the Pietermaritzburg City Council.
In 1923 the NUC began offering lectures on commerce and engineering at the Natal Technical College in Durban and these were so well attended that the NUC almost immediately realised that it would need its own premises in Durban.
In 1926, in honour of his son Howard who had died in the Battle of the Somme in World War I, prominent Durban businessman TB Davis donated £140000 towards the building of premises for the NUC.
The following is the list of proceedings by scholars from University of Natal that are published in OMICS International journals and conferences.