The University of Fort Hare is made up of three campuses; Alice Campus, Bhisho Campus as well as the East London Campus. Fort Hare was originally a British Fort during the wars between the British settlers and the Xhosa. In 1916 the university was established on the site of the old fort in Alice. It played a pivotal part in the education of black Africans from 1916 to 1959 and produced many prominent alumni such as Oliver Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. The university has five faculties including Education, Law, Management and Commerce, Science and Agriculture, Social Sciences and Humanities.
Rhodes university in Makhanda (formerly Grahamstown) in the Eastern Cape was founded in 1904 and is the sixth oldest South African university in continuous operation. The University has a well-established reputation for academic excellence with just over 8200 students and enjoys the distinction of having among the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa. Rhodes University offers six faculties including Humanities, Commerce, Law, Science, Education as well as Pharmacy. Rhodes is ranked in 9th place in South Africa based on the 2016-2017 University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP).
The Walter Sisulu University is a university of technology and science. It has 4 campuses. These campuses are in East London, Butterworth, Komani and the Eastern Cape, South Africa. It was established in July 2005 and was a merger between Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon & University of Transkei. The University has 175 academic programmes. The following programmes are offered: Engineering, Science, Health, Information Technology, Business Management, Education, Fashion and Art, Journalism and Broadcasting, Tourism and Hospitality Management.