Durban University of Technology
|Motto||A preferred university for developing leadership in technology and productive citizenship.|
|Type||Public University of Technology|
|Location||Durban & Pietermaritzburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa|
The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is a University of Technology in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was formed in 2002 by the merger of Technikon Natal and ML Sultan Technikon and was previously known as the Durban Institute of Technology. It has five campuses in Durban, and two in Pietermaritzburg. In 2013, around 26 059 students were enrolled.
The Durban University of Technology is a result of the merger in April 2002 of two technikons, ML Sultan and Technikon Natal. It was named the Durban Institute of Technology and later became the Durban University of Technology in late 2007.
KwaZulu-Natal’s Indian population began arriving in the 1860s to work on the sugar plantations. In 1927, those with no educational qualifications were threatened with repatriation. This threat stimulated adult classes in literacy, as well as a range of commercial subjects, held in a mission school and a Hindu institute, but it was not until after the war, and thanks to substantial financial support from the public, that M L Sultan College came into being. It would be another decade, however, before the city council, now preoccupied with the structures of the first Group Areas Act of 1950, allocated suitable land for a permanent campus.
The Natal Technical College was founded in 1907 and immediately began providing tuition to more than 350 part-time students. The structures of apartheid as it was codified through legislation weighed heavily on this institution as well. In 1955 the college was taken over by national education authorities; and in 1967 it became an exclusively white institution.
- Brickfield Campus, Durban
- City Campus, Durban
- Indumiso Campus, Pietermaritzburg
- ML Sultan Campus, Durban
- Ritson Campus, Durban
- Riverside Campus, Pietermaritzburg
- Steve Biko Campus, Durban
In 2013, the university employed 579 academic staff, 47 percent of them female and 48 percent holding masters and 17 doctoral degrees.
The Durban University of Technology offers contact learning only. In 2013, there were 26,059 contact students, 21,473 of whom were full-time and 4,586 were part-time. Of these, 25,406 were South African citizens, 514 from other SADC countries, and 139 from non-SADC countries (actual data, 2013). The table below summarizes student enrollment per Faculty in 2013.
- "Durban University of Technology". Sarua.org. Retrieved 2012-08-03.
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