Cape Peninsula University of Technology

University in Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Peninsula University of Technology, a university in Cape Town, South Africa, is the only university of technology in the Western Cape province, and is also the largest university in the province, with over 32,000 students. It was formed by merging the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon as well as a few other independent colleges.


It was formed in January 2005 from the merger of the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon, following years of change in the higher education landscape of South Africa. In 1993, the Technikons Act was promulgated, which allowed technikons to offer bachelor’s degrees (B.Tech), master’s and doctoral degrees in Technology. In March 2001, Kader Asmal (then Minister of Education) announced the National Plan on Higher Education, and in May 2002 he announced the possible merger of the two institutions, with the national working committee also recommending the University of the Western Cape to be included in the merger. Towards the end of 2002, the final merger was announced, and in October 2003 the new name was approved. The Executive Interim Management was appointed towards the end of 2004.

Prof. L Vuyisa Mazwi-Tanga was appointed as the first vice-chancellor of CPUT in February 2006. Also at this time, the nine faculties of the original institutions were merged and re-organised into six: Applied Science, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Engineering, Health and Wellness Sciences, and Informatics & Design. A separate postgraduate unit was established to offer multidisciplinary postgraduate programmes and funded research known as the e-Innovation Academy, and as from March 2008 the Faculty of Informatics & Design Research Unit. The Department of Information Technology in collaboration with the Bridgetown Community, Athlone, COFISA and IDM launched the Athlone Living lab, a community ICT innovation project, in September 2008. This would be the first Living Lab in the Western Cape.

Logo of the Cape Technikon prior to 2005

Trevor Manuel was appointed chancellor of the university in April 2008.

Foreign students (those from outside the SADC), are required to pay double the fees of local students. There are currently just over 2000 international students enrolled.

The university offers bursaries to master’s and doctoral degree students.[citation needed]


The Cape Town Campus, with Table Mountain in the background

CPUT has five campuses:

The Cape Town Campus is built on a portion of District Six.

Co-operative education[edit]

The large majority of courses offered by CPUT incorporate in-service training; the training consists of an internship, usually six months to a year. The university’s comprehensive co-operative education policy ensures the student is placed within a company approved by the university; this ensures that institutional academic learning is incorporated into work-based content.

The university has a well known sports program.[2] A notable member of the basketball team is Brendan Mettler, who played in the starting lineup of the South Africa national basketball team at the 2011 African Basketball Championship in Madagascar.[3]

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