Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) is a university in Pretoria North, Gauteng Province, South Africa. It was formed on 1 January 2015. Previously it was known as Medical University of South Africa (MEDUNSA) and later as a campus of the University of Limpopo. It is named after South African ANC leader Sefako Makgatho.[
The seat of the University is located at Ga-Rankuwa. The name change from MEDUNSA to Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University (SMU) was one of the causes of the riots in August 2014. From 2005 to 2015, the University was a campus of the University of Limpopo, but it was separated following a review of the merger. The launch on 14 April 2015 was attended by President Jacob Zuma and Minister of Higher Education Blade Nzimande, with the President delivering the keynote address.
Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences Courses, The flagship programme of all fully-fledged medical schools is the MBChB, and enrolments naturally need to increase under the auspices of the new university and in order to meet the country’s demand for specialist medical practitioners.
At the same time, however, the various MMed and MSc medical specialisations are prime candidates for expansion; enrolments at doctoral level should be increased to enhance the institution’s research profile; and it is proposed that new programmes in Medical Sciences (at both Bachelors and Masters levels) and in Counseling Psychology be introduced.