(Main Campus) East London Queenstown Umtata, Eastern
Eastern Cape Technikon empowers its
that they can contribute
postively in the workplace.
Progress through technology
The Eastern Cape’s wealth lies in its people and
natural beauty. It is a fast-developing international
tourism destination. World icon Nelson Mandela and South
Africa’s President Thabo Mbeki are sons of this
region. Although largely a rural region, there are two
main urban metropolitan areas, Buffalo City (including
East London) being one of these, where highly developed
industry is based.
Eastern Cape Technikon (ECT) was first established
as a engineering campus of the University of Transkei
1985. It received autonomy in 1994. In the past 10
years, this youngest higher education institution
in South Africa
has come of age to become a regional powerhouse of
technological education. With a stable financial
position, a staff
of over 400 and an increasing graduation output, ECT
has embraced democracy as a fundamental principle in
its phenomenal growth. In 2004, almost 9 000 students
registered at its four campuses. Participative management
and inclusivity of stakeholder forums in decision-making
have contributed to solid progress of the ECT.
Merger plans - Walter Sisulu University
In line with the current transformation of higher education
in South Africa, ECT will merge with Border Technikon
and the University of Transkei to form the Walter
Sisulu University for Technology and Science, Eastern
(WSU) on 1 January 2005.
The merger will offer the three institutions
a complete break from apartheid ideology, providing an
to pool strengths, streamline programmes and eliminate
duplication. WSU will engage with the drivers of
development in the Eastern Cape region to establish
programme and research mix to profile the advantages
of both university and technikon programmes.
With an initial combined enrolment of
over 19 000 students, WSU will focus on quality, technological
programmes providing relevant skills for development
in rural and urban areas. It will place special
emphasis on developing entrepreneurship. Rural-urban
will be achieved through operations at the existing
sites of the merging partners in Buffalo City,
Butterworth, Queenstown and Umtata.
Areas of special interest
ECT currently serves mainly under-developed rural
areas but also has an urban campus providing
balance as well
as important links with commerce and industry.
ECT focuses on technological, career-oriented
In its commitment to academic excellence, ECT
also embraces an entrepreneurial spirit.
Partnerships with communities, commerce
and industry, government and international role
a significant factor in developing global
excellence at ECT. ECT
is a partner in the Technical and Business
South Africa (TABEISA) consortium, focusing
on entrepreneurship development. It is also
in a five-year Sustainable
Skills Development project with Canadian
partner Niagara College.
Three faculties offer over 35 programmes
of study from Bachelor of Technology Degrees,
and National Diplomas to National Certificates.
- Faculty of Engineering: Offering
the only engineering degree programmes
in this part
of the province,
the Faculty specialises in civil, electrical
building (construction management and
quantity surveying) and information technology.
- Faculty of Business Science: This
largest Faculty offers studies in public
management; management; internal
auditing; accounting; cost and management accounting;
systems; commercial practice; office
management and technology; and public
- Faculty of Applied Technology and
Education: Applied Technology
tourism management and fashion
and food and beverage
programmes cover a wide spectrum
from ABET to FET.
The minimum entry requirement is
a South African senior certificate
must be accredited by the
Authority. Foreign students may
need to have studied specific
subjects to enable
to be placed in
areas of their choice.
Facilities and Services
A wide variety of student services
are offered, including counselling,
cultural societies, outreach
programmes and leadership development.
Residential accommodation is
at the Butterworth and Umtata
can be made for
off-site accommodation at the
other satellite campuses. A
co-operative education department
facilitates experiential training
placements in commerce and