Who we are

“Social leaders serve and bless others. They create beauty in the world, lift the vision of mankind, broaden our possibilities, and deepen our life experiences.”

Quote from social leadership. A fresh vision for old problems (2009)

Dr Andrew Murray, minister of the Dutch Reformed Church of Wellington between the years 1871 - 1906, was such an innovative social leader. His vision and dream to empower the women of South Africa through Christian based education and training has led to the establishment of the Hugenote Seminarie in 1874 with the help of two educators from the Mount Holyoake Seminary in Massachusetts.

Over the years a number of institutions grew out of the Hugenote Seminarie: a school for boys and a school for girls which was later merged to become the Hugenote High School; A training College for teachers which later became part of the Faculty of Education of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and the Huguenot College which later became the Huguenot University College. The Huguenot University College was closed in 1948 and reopened in 1951 as the Hugenote Kollege – a training institution for social welfare professionals, youth workers, community development practitioners, ECD practitioners and missionaries.

In the early 1970’s Hugenote Kollege entered into an academic partnership with Unisa that allowed Hugenote Kollege to offer graduate as well as post graduate programmes. This partnership was terminated by Unisa at the end of 2012 leaving Hugenote Kollege with no accredited programmes and no students.

The Board of Directors took initiative to reposition Hugenote Kollege as a private Christian post school training institution focusing on the training and equipping of innovative social leaders to participate in God’s mission of caring for and the healing of this world.

Our Vision

Hugenote Kollege visualizes communities of dedicated and well-equipped people serving the proclamation of the reign of the Triune God in this world.

Our Mission

Hugentoe Kollege is a private Christian post-school training institution focusing on the training and equipping of leaders to participate in the Triune God’s mission of caring for and healing of this world through innovative social service delivery and the proclaiming of the reign of God.

Our Goals

Hugenote Kollege strives to:

  • offer affordable and relevant residential, distance and telematics training;
  • extend ecclesiastical relationships;
  • cooperate with partners and networks;
  • maintain a Christian ethos of humanity, inclusivity, transparency, equity and harmonious relationships;
  • facilitate the integration of the faith, knowledge and skills of students;
  • nurture and enhance the spiritual development, sense of calling and readiness to serve of students and staff.

Our Calling

The people of South Africa still struggle with deeply rooted inequality, high levels of poverty, violence, dysfunctional communities and many other social ills. Hugenote Kollege dreams of communities of dedicated and well-equipped people participating in the caring for and healing of the ills of this world. To build such communities, innovative social leaders are needed to build and develop the human and social capital of our nation.

Through a variety of accredited courses, certificates, diplomas and degrees, as well as short courses, the Programmes for Social Reformation brand Theology and Ministry at Hugenote Kollege aim at training social leaders who are willing and prepared to devote their lives and talents to improve society regardless of social standing, wealth, culture, ethnicity or privilege.*

The College also believes that continuous social innovation is needed to ensure that effective, well-researched and context specific solutions to the needs of individuals, groups and communities are developed and implemented.

*Quote from social leadership. A fresh vision for old problems (2009)

Our Management Team


Dr WC van der Merwe

Dr WC van der Merwe

Qualifications: BA, B Th, MA (Social Work), Ph D (Practical Theology)


Mr C Hanson

Mr C Hanson

Qualifications: BSc Ed

Dean – Programme for Theology and Ministry

Dr AF du Toit

Dr AF du Toit

Qualifications: BA, BTh, Hons B Journalism, MTh, DTh (Practical Theology)

Dean – Programme for Social Reformation

Mrs. N von Wielligh

Mrs. N von Wielligh

Qualifications: BA (Social Work), HOD, BEd Hons, MA (Social Work)

Financial Manager

DMrs J Wiese

Mrs J Wiese

Qualifications: Nat. Dip. Cost and Management Accounting, SAIPA, CIMA certificate in BA