Tshwane University of Technology is one of the youngest technical universities in South Africa. The institution hosts seven Research Chairs, thereunder five SARChI Chairs, of which all five are relevant to water issues. This is unique for such a young university.
TUT was established on 1 January 2004, with the merging of the former Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria. This new mega-institution annually enrols approximately 60,000 students, and its student body is one of the most demographically representative in the country in terms of both race and gender, reflecting the Rainbow Nation in all its diversity. Four of South Africa’s nine provinces are covered by the University’s geographic footprint, with campuses located in Tshwane (Pretoria, Soshanguve and Ga-Rankuwa), Mbombela (Nelsbruit), eMalahleni (Witbank) and Polokwane (Pietersburg). Large numbers of students are also drawn from other provinces and from neighbouring countries such as Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Swaziland. TUT employs more than 2700 permanent staff members, including almost 900 highly qualified permanent academics. These academics are increasingly focusing on conducting applied research and community engagement activities in addition to their instructional roles. One of its key focuses is the economic and social development of the southern African region. This is established by creating prosperity through the stimulation of innovation and creative thinking facilitated by various incubators and technology stations. The University is committed to ongoing transformation to make it ever more responsive to the needs of southern Africa and the continent as a whole.