The Guide to South African Higher Education | 18th Edition

Vaal University of Technology

Leading Innovative Knowledge and Quality Technology Education

Vaal University of Technology (VUT) derived its origins from the College of Advanced Technical Education and was established in 1966. In 2004, the new government found it fitting to establish the VUT, as one of six such institutions within the country, to focus on Science and Technology and the provision of high-level skills, not for the Vaal Triangle region and the country, but also the SADC region and the continent. The institution now boasts a student headcount of approximately 21 000.

VUT has a population of about 1 000 international students coming from over 35 countries and continues to grow.


  • Management Sciences
  • Applied and Computer Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Human Sciences

Vaal University has a Research Directorate

From the Centre of Sustainable Livelihoods whose focus is to use research as a tool aimed at reducing poverty, household food insecurity and malnutrition in Africa, to the Centre for Alternative Energy whose focus is on Alternative Energy, Applied Electronics and National Research Foundation/ Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (NRF/THRIP) defined areas, the University’s research output in 2017 was as follows:

Vaal University of Technology Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park

A unique world-class advanced manufacturing precinct to assist entrepreneurs in developing products prototypes and employs engineers, scientists, design and additive manufacturing specialists.

Vaal University of Technology

International Relations and Advancement
Private Bag X021
Vanderbijlpark, 1900
South Africa

Tel: +27 (0)16 950 9318
Fax: +27 (0)16 950 9768


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