Vaal University of Technology
The forerunner to the Vaal University of Technology was named the Vaal Triangle College for Advanced Technical Education. Situated in Vanderbijlpark in South Africa’s industrial heartland, it opened its doors to 189 students (taught by 15 members of staff) in 1966. Growth was rapid. In 1975, new buildings – including a library, gymnasium, laboratories and lecture halls – enabled growth to continue, so that by 1978 student enrolments reached 3 000 and the staff complement 137. The following year, the Advanced Technical Education Amendment Act brought a name change – the Vaal Triangle Technikon – and the opportunity for the new category of higher education institutions to offer and award Bachelors and Masters degree courses, as well as doctorates.
By 1987, as new facilities continued to be added to the core institution, student numbers reached 6 000, and nearly 15 000 twelve years later. In 2004, the Vaal University of Technology came into being – and incorporated the old Vista University campus in Sebokeng township which was promptly renamed ‘Educity’.
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