Welcome to the IKS Centre

The IKS Centre is one of the five consortium partner institutions making the Department of Science and Technology-National Research Foundation (DST-NRF) Centre in Indigenous Knowledge Systems (CIKS).  The partner institutions are the, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), North-West University (NWU), University of Limpopo (UL), University of South Africa (UNISA), and University of Venda (UNIVEN). The Centre strives to play a role in contributing towards the uplifting of community livelihoods through knowledge and products generated by unlocking the full potential of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) and promoting the recognition, development, protection and affirmation of indigenous knowledge in scholarship and social responsiveness relevant to the knowledge economy. We offer a four year Bachelor of Indigenous Knowledge Systems (BIKS) degree whose curriculum has core and elective modules in areas of indigenous agriculture, Health care systems, Arts and Culture, Science and Technology and, Ethnomedidcine. Both IK holders and practitioners are involved in the teaching and learning programmes in order to provide the graduates with the necessary skills, knowledge and values of IKS. The holistic and community-based nature of IKS provides us a foundation for link between researchers, indigenous knowledge holders and practitioners in local communities through research, community engagement and knowledge brokerage activities. Regionally, the centre was designated as a NEPAD/SANBio Regional IKS Node for the Southern African region in February 2010. The Southern Africa Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research, development and an innovation platform aimed at addressing Southern Africa's challenges in health and nutrition. The role of the node is to co-ordinate IKS network activities in the region. In 2013, Mrs Grace Meiki Masuku passionately called ‘Namola Leuba” (agent of poverty relief) was awarded the Chancellor’s Medal at a spring graduation ceremony in recognition of her profound understanding of indigenous knowledge and systems and extraordinary commitment to use indigenous knowledge to champion the cause for sustainable rural development.