Mangosuthu University of Technology

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Mangosuthu University of Technology
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Type Public University of Technology
Established 1979
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mashupye Ratale Kgaphola
Students approx. 14,999
Location Umlazi, Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa
Nickname MUT

Mangosuthu University of Technology (abbreviated MUT; formerly Mangosuthu Technikon) is a University of Technology situated on the outskirts of Durban, South Africa, on a site overlooking the Indian Ocean. The majority of students speak Zulu and it is situated near the T section in Umlazi.


The university has its origins in the then bantustan of KwaZulu. The then chief minister, Mangosuthu Buthelezi, wanted to establish a higher education institution close to Durban to provide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with the opportunity to further their educations beyond secondary school level. In 1979, supported by an Anglo American Chairman’s Fund grant, the institution came into being as a technikon with an initial enrolment of 15 students.[1]


Academic activity is divided among three faculties: Engineering; Natural Sciences; and Management Sciences. Academic and research personnel number 143, of whom 28 percent are female.[1]

Student Enrollment[edit]

In 2006, there were 10,096 contact students and of these, 5,012 were female and 5,084 male registered at Mangosuthu University of Technology. The University has no distance students. No details were available of the breakdown between full-time and part-time students. Of the student body, 9,978 were South African citizens, 115 from other SADC countries and three from non-SADC countries.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Mangosutho University of Technology] Retrieved 31 December 2011

Coordinates: 29°58′12″S 30°54′49″E / 29.9701°S 30.9137°E / -29.9701; 30.9137