The mandate of the University, as provided by The Universities Act No. 42 of 2012, includes:
i) Advancement of knowledge through teaching, scholarly research and scientific investigation;
ii) Promotion of learning in the student body and society generally;
iii) Promotion of cultural and social life of society;
iv) Support and contribution to the realization of national economic and social development;
v) Promotion of the highest standards in, and quality of, teaching and research;
vi) Education, training and retraining higher level professional, technical and management personnel;
vii) Dissemination of the outcomes of the research conducted by the university to the general community;
viii) Facilitation of life-long learning through provision of adult and continuing education;
ix) Fostering of a capacity for independent critical thinking among its students; and
x) Promotion of gender balance and equality of opportunity among students and employees.
xi) Promotion of equalization for persons with disabilities, minorities and other marginalized groups.