The Cape Peninsula University of Technology was established in 2005 with the Cape Technikon and the Peninsula Technikon merger. This step came after several years of change in the country’s higher education landscape.
As early as 1993, the Technikons Act was promulgated. This act made it possible for technikons to offer bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in Technology.
In March 2001, the then Education minister Kader Asmal announced the National Plan on Higher Education, which opened the door for the merger of technikons and universities.
Today the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town, South Africa, with its 32 000 students, is the largest in the Mother City and, in fact, in the Western Cape province.
Far and away, the most courses offered by CPUT include in-service training. This means the training provides an internship of up to a year.
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology consists of six faculties, offering 80 plus undergraduate and postgraduate courses. These are in the fields of
- Applied Sciences
- Business and Management Sciences
- Social Sciences
- Engineering & the Built Environment
- Informatics and Design, as well as
- Health and Wellness Sciences.
The institution also presents a variety of short courses.
The Cape Peninsula Unversity is still young, but it has links with both the good and bad of the city’s colourful and sometimes turbulent past. One of the campuses is known as the District Six Campus. In the apartheid-years, the District Six-area made news when the police forcibly ejected 60 000 of its residents in 1966. The then government wanted to turn it into a Whites Only-area.
It also has links with the Groote Schuur Hospital. This hospital became famous in 1967 when the first-ever heart transplant in the world took place inside its walls. Today CPUT is the only institution offering training in Radiography. The department has a presence at Groote Schuur Hospital.
The university residences have space for almost 13 000 students across the Cape Peninsula.
Tracking CPUT Application
The registration process has had its focus on online registration in 2021. Students who have registered and want to track the progress of their applications can do so at https://www.cput.ac.za/study/track.
The form on this page will work only if you supply the ID number you provided on your initial application. If you used a student number, make sure it is valid and accurate.
In case you have conditionally been accepted and admitted as a student, make sure that there are no outstanding documents.
Registration can only proceed after the necessary financial obligations have been met.
How to Access CPUT Prospectus
Complete details of all study possibilities at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology are listed and explained in their prospectus. It can be found at https://www.cput.ac.za/academic/facultie/prospectus/231-study-at-cput/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5070&Itemid=659.
Click on the Online Prospectus-link for a faculty, then keep an eye on the left side of the screen for the on-page menu that will take you to detailed information about the available courses, costs, and contacts. On the right side of the screen is a search box where you can search for a specific qualification by typing in the name.
Financial aid refers to money awarded to learners who are academic achievers but financially not in a position to pay for their studies. The funds can be used to pay for study-related costs as determined by the donor. These may include tuition fees, meals, accommodation, and books.
Funding is always linked to academic competence since the donors want to be sure that their money is spent only on students who take their tuition seriously. Even financially needy students must be academically skilled to qualify for financial aid.
Types of funding
Bursaries are granted to students by government departments, companies, Non-governmental Organisations(NGO’s), and Sector Education and Training Authorities (SETA’s). These awards typically are based on set criteria (including academic merit, financial need, gender, and field of study). Place of birth also sometimes plays a role. It is up to the donor to decide on the costs to be covered. These costs are always study-related. Usually, a student who is successful in completing his or her studies will not have to repay the bursary. Sometimes a service contract is included with the company granting the bursary.
A loan is a money given to a student on the condition that the money will be repaid over a certain length of time after graduation. The student will have to sign an agreement with the lender, and, in most cases, someone has to step in as a guarantor (someone to pay the debt if the student fails to meet that obligation). Legal action can result if neither the student nor the guarantor comes forward with payment.
A scholarship is money given to a student because of academic excellence displayed in the past. Usually, scholarships are granted exclusively for academic merit. The contract usually does not have conditions such as employment contracts.