South African Universities of Technology
Guide to the top six universities of technology in South Africa
While many of these are obtainable over a shorter period of time, many take the equivalent three years of study to obtain.
Technikons generally focus on more technical fields of study, and lean more heavily towards practical training than theoretical and research work.
This system provides greater opportunities for practical learning and experience in the student’s chosen field than the average university degree can offer.
Cape Peninsula University of Technology
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (also known as CPUT for short) is a university located in Cape Town, South Africa. It is the only university of technology within the Western Cape province, and is also the largest tertiary institution in the province with over 32 000 students registered annually.
CPUT was formed in 2005 through a merger of the Cape Technikon and the Peninsula Technikon, partially due to the changes in the higher education policies of the country which allowed technikons to offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees in Technology. Today, CPUT has five campuses throughout the greater Cape Town area.
Central University of Technology
The Central University of Technology is a public university of technology located in Bloemfontein, a city in the Free State province of South Africa. Originally established in 1981 as Technikon Free State, it was elevated to university of technology status as part of the government’s restructuring of tertiary education policies in the early 2000s.
Today, the university’s main campus is located in central Bloemfontein, while others can be found in Welkom and Kimberley, and is divided into the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology, the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences, the Faculty of Humanities, and the Faculty of Management Sciences.
Durban University of Technology
The Durban University of Technology (or DUT for short) is a public university of technology located in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The university was originally formed in 2002 through a merger between Technikon Natal and ML Sultan Technikon, and was previously known as the Durban Institute of Technology.
While these institutions originally catered to the substantial Indian population in the region, during the apartheid years they became largely whites-only. Today, DUT operates five campuses in the greater Durban area, as well as two in Pietermaritzburg. It is one of only five universities of technology to award doctoral degrees.
Mangosuthu University of Technology
The Mangosuthu University of Technology (or MUT for short), formerly known as the Mangosuthu Technikon, is a leading university of technology located on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa. The main campus overlooks the Indian Ocean, and is divided into the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Natural Sciences, and the Faculty of Management Sciences.
The origins of MUT can be traced back to the mid-twentieth century, when the then chief minister of the KwaZulu homeland, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, established an institution to cater to disadvantaged people with the help of a grant from the Anglo American Chairman’s Fund.
Tshwane University of Technology
The Tshwane University of Technology (or TUT for short) is a public university of technology in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The university was formed through a merger of three existing technikons: Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West, and Technikon Pretoria, and was officially formed in 2004.
TUT is comprised of six satellite campuses at Pretoria, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa, Witbank (eMalahleni), Nelspruit, and Polokwane. With over 60 000 students currently enrolled (a number that is growing annually), it is currently the largest residential institution of higher education in South Africa, and is ranked as the 15th best university in South Africa.
Vaal University of Technology
The Vaal University of Technology is a public university of technology located in Vanderbijlpark, a city within the Gauteng province of South Africa. It currently offers over 300 programs to around 15 000 students. The university’s history dates back to the establishment of the Vaal Triangle College, which was established in 1966.
This institution grew to become the Vaal Triangle Technikon in 1979, and was finally renamed to the Vaal University of Technology in 2004. The university consists of four faculties (Applied and Computer Science, Engineering and Technology, Humanities, and Management Sciences) and four satellite campuses at Secunda, Kempton Park, Klerksdorp, and Upington.