Cape Peninsula University of Technology

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology is the only university of technology in the Western Cape of South Africa and is the largest University in the region. The University has six faculties focused on Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Informatics and Design, Engineering and Health and Wellness Sciences. The University also plays a leading role in the provision of service-learning opportunities for its students.

The University offers more than 70 career-focused courses and has infrastructure that includes, apart from the two main campuses in Bellville and Cape Town, the Granger Bay Campus with a hotel school and restaurant next to the world-renowned V&A Waterfront in Cape Town as well as various campuses in Mowbray, Wellington, Athlone, Worcestor, George and the two major hospitals in the region.

The University’s research culture and history spans almost two decades and focuses on applied and problem solving research which is responsive to regional, national and continental needs. Since its establishment the institution is making excellent progress in strengthening its research capacity with the establishment of a number of research and innovation centers and also boasts a large number of rated researchers and research chairs. Like all other Universities of Technology in South Africa 2015 saw the celebration of a 10 year birthday milestone for the institution and we look forward to many more decades of innovation and groundbreaking firsts.

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Cuban schools’ focus on ‘good values’ holds global lessons

A great deal of thinking about Cuba's education system originated from one man. So who was José Martí, and what can his ideas about values education teach other countries?
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Why taking art education seriously could boost learning

Art education is an important vehicle for all sorts of learning and knowledge acquisition. Teachers must be taught not to view it as a "second class" subject.
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Advances in getting solar onto the grid, and into the home

Africa is blessed with an abundance of sunshine.Given the heavy demand for energy, alternatives, such as solar, could provide solutions and help stimulate economic growth.
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Financial stress distracts university students from academic success

For many students, stress about money is a terrible and unwelcome distraction from their degrees – qualifications they hope can lift themselves and their families out of poverty.
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Africa’s aquifers aren’t being protected as they should

The digging of wells in Africa has often been thought of as the solution to helping rural women walking to get water, but they may cause more harm than good.
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Simple, vernacular translations make the most sense for university students

There is little value in translating academic texts into "high" or "deep" versions of African languages. Most students read and speak their mother tongues in a far more colloquial fashion.
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How good librarians have made themselves obsolete to some users

Libraries are warm, dry and safe spaces with free Internet, which many people need. But academics and researchers in the 21st century can get along very well without them.

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