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Durban University of Technology

UNEVOC Centre (Uni/Research) since 1999

The Durban University of Technology (DUT), a South African University of Technolgy (UoT), was created through the successful merger of KwaZulu-Natal´s higher education legacy institutions, viz., ML Sultan Technikon and Technikon Natal on 1 April 2002. This UoT is the first of its kind in South Africa. It provides students with a dynamic, multi-cultural learning environment and an innovative tertiary institution at the forefront of higher education, technological training and research. DUT is a multi-campus tertiary institution which offers 47 academic programmes (full-time and part-time) in six faculties, on campuses in Durban and the Midlands. Financial assistance is offered to deserving students to assist in the financing of their studies. The DUT´s Mission is to serve the needs of developing societies within a dynamic global context and the enable quality teaching, learning, research and community engagement by providing quality, career-focused education; Promoting: A values-driven ethos; Sustainable partnerships with industry, community and society; Excellence in applied and relevant research and; Empowering staff and students to succeed and ensuring institutional sustainability. DUT will be guided by the following values when planning, setting priorities, and making decisions regarding the DUT community´s pursuits of the three fold mission of higher education, i.e., teaching and learning, research and innovation and engagement.


DUT has a new strategy map called Envision 2030. The 2030 statement of intent states the following:

Our people will be creative, innovative, entrepreneurial and adaptive to changes in the world;

By 2030, Our people will participate productively in the development of our region, country and the world;

Our state-of-the-art infrastructure and systems will enhance an ecosystem created to achieve this vision.


The new strategy has four perspectives: the first two being stewardship and systems and processes to help create an effective and enabling environment and the next two being sustainability and society to ensure the University is influencing and impactful. The two DNA strands which are being people centred and engaged; and innovative and entrepreneurial will ensure the University fulfils its mission.

Regular tasks

Teaching and Learning; Research and Innovation; Engagement that includes both student, staff and public engagement. The University has a huge drive on entrepreneurial development and hence we offer support for upcoming student businesses, incubation and post-incubation mentorship. We also host one of the few centres for social entrepreneurship in the Country.

Focus and interest

Work area

Which of the following fields is the UNEVOC Centre working on?
Sharing knowledge about TVET
  Secondary focus
Developing knowledge
Primary focus
Developing and building capacities
Primary focus


Who are the beneficiaries of the UNEVOC Centre's work?
Primary focus
Primary focus
Policy makers
Primary focus
Private sector
  Secondary focus

Engagement interest

What is the highest level of engagement the Centre is interested in in the following fields?
Greening of TVET institutions and skills
Interested to lead
  Interested to contribute
OER and Online Learning
Interested to lead
Equity of access in TVET
Interested to lead
Gender equality in TVET
Interested to lead
Fostering entrepreneurship
Interested to lead
Industry 4.0 / Smart production
Interested to lead

Activity interest

Which types of activities is the UNEVOC Centre most interested in?
Capacity development projects
Highly interested
Policy oriented projects
Highly interested
Knowledge development
Highly interested
Workshops and conferences
Highly interested

Regional collaboration interest

What are the UNEVOC Centre's collaboration interests?
Within my cluster
Highly interested
With Africa
Highly interested
With the Arab States
  Moderately interested
With Asia and the Pacific
Highly interested
With Europe, CIS and North America
Highly interested
With Latin America and the Caribbean
Highly interested


Durban University of Technology (DUT)
Steve Biko Campus, 1st Floor Milena Court, 79 Steve Biko Road
PO BOX 1334
4000 Durban
South Africa


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Head of UNEVOC Centre
Professor Thandwa Zizwe Mthembu
Vice-Chancellor & Principal
Vice-Chancellor's Office

UNEVOC Coordinator
Professor Sibusiso Moyo
Deputy Vice-Chancellor
Research Innovation & Engagement

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15 July 2018
The UNEVOC Network celebrates World Youth Skills Day
On the occasion of World Youth Skills Day (15 July), more than 30 UNEVOC Centres celebrated the importance of Skills for Youth, through conferences, workshop, skills exhibition and promotional campaigns. Discover our interactive map to learn more about those initiatives.
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