The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has a long association with the Pretoria News, in particular through its journalism department where many of the newspaper’s journalists, past and present, were trained.
In the past, the title has also co-hosted discussion evenings with TUT, with speakers including the likes of former president Thabo Mbeki; Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi; politician, political prisoner and anti-apartheid activist the late Ahmed Kathrada; union boss Zwelenzima Vavi and United Democratic Movement president Bantu Holomisa.
TUT celebrates a milestone of its own next year when it turns 15. Established on January 1, 2004, following the merger of the three former technikons in the city, TUT is currently recognised as the leading university of technology in the country.
As a people’s university, TUT has a strong focus on empowering the youth and playing a role in shaping the economy and society. The university is home to some 63000 students at its six campuses in Tshwane, Soshanguve, Ga-Rankuwa, eMalahleni, Mbombela and Polokwane. This year, the university enrolled the largest number of first-years ever, giving 15056 students an opportunity to study.
Its graduation numbers have been on a steady incline, with 10904 students graduating during its recent autumn graduations - 20 at doctoral and 146 at master’s level.
Extending knowledge and expertise to communities, Library and Information staff also work in school libraries in communities adjacent to TUT campuses. One of the school libraries in the Soshanguve community was named the the best community project.
Among its other community projects are the matric Mathematics and Science Development programme, the Day Care Mothers Community project and the Adelaide Tambo School of Nursing Science’s Primary Health-Care community based-health services project.
TUT manages 10 research chairs. Rand Water awarded three of these, the Science and Technology Department in collaboration with the National Research Foundation awarded seven and the GIBELA Rail Transport Consortium awarded one to TUT. Another feather in TUT’s cap is the 18 Centres, Institutes, Technology Stations and Incubators that enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on projects.