Central University of Technology

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Central University of Technology, Free State
Logo for Central University of Technology, Free State
Motto Thinking Beyond
Type Public University of Technology
Established 1981
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Henk de Jager
Administrative staff
Students 12,500
Location Bloemfontein, Free State, South Africa
Website www.cut.ac.za

Central University of Technology, Free State or Central University of Technology is a University of Technology in Bloemfontein in the Free State province of South Africa. It was established in 1981 as "Technikon Free State". As part of the South African government's restructuring of tertiary education for the new millennium it was promoted to university of technology status.


The main campus is situated in Bloemfontein, capital city of Free State province in the centre of South Africa. Other campuses have been established at Welkom in the heart of the Free State goldfields, and at Kimberley in facilities managed by the Northern Cape Higher Education Institute.[1]


The Central University of Technology employs over 800 academic and research staff spread across four faculties.[2]


  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Management Sciences[3][4]

Student enrollment[edit]

The Central University of Technology offers contact and distance learning. In 2007, it had 10,278 contact students and 200 distance students. There were 8,474 full-time and 2,004 part-time students. Of the student body, 9,902 were South African citizens, while 532 were from other SADC countries and 44 were international students from countries other than the SADC.[5]



Research Group in Evolvable Manufacturing Systems
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Established 2006
Students 15

RGEMS (Research Group in Evolvable Manufacturing Systems) is a research group within the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering[6] at the Central University of Technology, Free State.

Established in 2006 by Prof. Herman Vermaak and Dr. Nicolaas Luwes, RGEMS' research activities involve the effective integration of:

  • Sensing, recording and control of the operational parameters of manufacturing and material-handling apparatus.
  • Intelligent maintenance, including performance degrading prediction and scheduling.
  • Machine vision-based quality assurance and measuring systems.
  • Radio frequency identification technologies for inventory control.
  • Optimization of the function of vision-guided automatic guided vehicles (AGV's) in a dynamically changing industrial environment.
  • Deployment of intelligent (autonomous) software agents in the software subsystems of automated material-handling systems.

The group has also participated in national competitions, such as the Siemens National Cyber Junkyard. [7]


Coordinates: 29°07′17″S 26°12′49″E / 29.12139°S 26.21361°E / -29.12139; 26.21361