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Butterworth (Main Campus) East London Queenstown Umtata, Eastern Cape

Eastern Cape Technikon empowers its
students so 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.

Brief history
Eastern Cape Technikon (ECT) was first established as a engineering campus of the University of Transkei in 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 for Technology
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 Cape, (WSU) on 1 January 2005.

The merger will offer the three institutions a complete break from apartheid ideology, providing an opportunity to pool strengths, streamline programmes and eliminate duplication. WSU will engage with the drivers of development in the Eastern Cape region to establish an appropriate 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 and career-orientated programmes providing relevant skills for development in rural and urban areas. It will place special emphasis on developing entrepreneurship. Rural-urban balance will be achieved through operations at the existing delivery 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 and relevant education. In its commitment to academic excellence, ECT also embraces an entrepreneurial spirit.

Partnerships with communities, commerce and industry, government and international role players are a significant factor in developing global excellence at ECT. ECT is a partner in the Technical and Business Initiative in South Africa (TABEISA) consortium, focusing on entrepreneurship development. It is also involved 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, National Higher Diplomas 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 and mechanical engineering; building (construction management and quantity surveying) and information technology.
  • Faculty of Business Science: This largest Faculty offers studies in public strategic management; human resources management; management; internal auditing; accounting; cost and management accounting; financial information systems; commercial practice; office management and technology; and public relations management.
  • Faculty of Applied Technology and Education: Applied Technology programmes include tourism management and fashion and food and beverage management, while Education programmes cover a wide spectrum from ABET to FET.

Entry Requirements
The minimum entry requirement is a South African senior certificate (Grade 12). International qualifications must be accredited by the South African Qualifications Authority. Foreign students may need to have studied specific subjects to enable them to be placed in the areas of their choice.

Facilities and Services
A wide variety of student services are offered, including counselling, health services, academic, sport and cultural societies, outreach programmes and leadership development. Residential accommodation is available at the Butterworth and Umtata campuses. Provision can be made for off-site accommodation at the other satellite campuses. A co-operative education department facilitates experiential training placements in commerce and industry.

Vice-Principal Academic
Butterworth Main Campus
Private Bag X3182
Tel : +27 (0) 47-401 2000
Fax : +27 (0) 47-492 0735
Email: Andrew@garfield.tktech.ac.za
Website: www.tktech.ac.za

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