Tshwane University of Technology

About Tshwane University of Technology

The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) was established on the 1st of January 2004 through the merger of the former Technikon Northern Gauteng, Technikon North-West and Technikon Pretoria.

Its geographic footprint covers four of South Africa's nine provinces – Gauteng, Mpumalanga, Limpopo and the North-West Province.

It annually enrols approximately 60,000 students across seven faculties including (1) The Arts (2) Engineering & the Built Environment (3) Science (4) Humanities (5) Management Sciences (6) Information & Communication Technologies (7) Economics and Finances.



Dr Rita Raseleka, Director of Research and Innovation

Prof. AM Kurien, Node Director: F’SATI TUT

Mission, Vision and Values 

TUT’s Vision

Pioneering an enterprising and transformative brand of twenty-first Century University of Technology scholarship. 

TUT’s Mission

In fulfilling its vision, TUT will support its students to achieve their highest potential in a safe, enabling and conducive environment by:

  • Fostering a scholarship of teaching and learning
  • Providing relevant and competitive academic programmes with seamless articulation pathways
  • Investing in state-of-the-art technology
  • Conducting relevant research and promoting innovation, engagement and social enterprise

Research and Innovation

TUT's vision is pioneering an enterprising and transformative brand of the twenty-first century university of technology. In 2014, the University adopted a new strategic plan and the goal for research has shifted from purely focusing on capacity development to one focusing on consolidating the gains achieved through years of capacity building. The new goal reads: “To promote a culture of inquiry and social enterprise through technology-based postgraduate studies, research and innovation in current and emerging niche areas”.

As a new university of technology, we focus on the development of research and innovation (R&I) capacity in strategically selected areas of strength (niche areas) that are relevant to national and regional needs, priorities and opportunities. Staff development, increasing the number of postgraduate students and postdoctoral research fellows, strengthening leadership and platforms for R&I, building an enabling environment and institutional culture for R&I, facilitating knowledge transfer and commercialisation and increasing R&I funding and outputs are some of the priorities. TUT is continuously seeking to improve the systems and incentives to support these priorities. All our R&I endeavours are supported and sustained through collaborative networks and partnerships.

Research Chairs

The Tshwane University of Technology currently hosts a number of Research Chairs that support research and innovation activities as well as postgraduate training. These include DST-NRF chairs through the SARChI programme and Industrial chairs (Rand Water, Gibella)

  • Professor Felix Dakora, DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Agrochermurgy and Plant Symbioses
    Primary discipline: Biological Sciences (2007-2021)

Prof Dakora completed his PhD degree in Botany in 1989 at the University of Western Australia. He works on Biological nitrogen fixation (BNF) with a focus on the plant, the interaction between microbe and host plant, as well as the microsymbiont itself.


  • Professor Mammo Muchie, DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Innovation Studies
    Primary discipline: Innovation and Economic Development in Economic Sciences (2008 – 2018)

Professor Mammo Muchie did his undergraduate degree in Columbia University, New York, USA and his postgraduate MPhil and DPhil in Science, Technology, and Innovation for Development (STI&D) from the University of Sussex, UK. He is currently a DST-NRF research chair in Innovation Studies at the Faculty of Management Sciences, Tshwane University of Technology and a C rated research Professor.


  • Professor Alvaro Viljoen, DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Phytomedicine
    Primary discipline: Pharmaceutical Sciences (2013 – 2018)


He completed a BSc, BSc Hons (cum laude) and MSc (cum laude) in Botany at Stellenbosch University.


  • Prof Maggy Momba, DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Water Quality and Wastewater Management
    Primary discipline: Microbiology (2013 - 2018)

Professor Maggy Momba holds a BA degree in Education, BSc Honours and MSc degrees in Biology, MSc and PhD degrees in Microbiology. Prof Momba conducts research activities on various aspects of water with emphasis on drinking water purification and wastewater management, health-related water microbiology and bioremediation. After 28 years of specializing in the field of water research, she is a National Research Foundation (NRF) C1 Rated Scientist.


  • Prof Dr habil. Christian Wolkersdorfer, DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Acid Mine Drainage Treatment
    Primary discipline: Hydrogeology and Hydrogeochemistry (2014 - 2018)


Professor Christian Wolkersdorfer is a mining hydrogeologist with 27 years of experience in mine water geochemistry, hydrodynamics, geothermal applications and tracer tests.


  • Prof Karim Djouani, DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Enabled Environments for Assisted Living
    Primary discipline: Engineering Sciences (2014 - 2018)

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Prof Djouani is a full Professor, scientist and technical group supervisor of pattern recognition, soft computing, networking systems and Robotics at University Paris Est-Creteil (UPEC) seconded to Tshwane University of Technology.


  • Prof Dharini Sivakumar, DST-NRF SARChI Chair in Phytochemical food network to improve nutritional quality for consumer
    Primary discipline: Agriculture and Food Science (2016 - 2020)

Prof Sivakumar has started her career at the Tshwane University of Technology as an Associate professor in 2010. She developed the research area in postharvest technology and the curriculum at the Department of Crop Sciences.


  • Prof Jonathan Okonkwo, Rand Water Chair in Organic Chemistry
    Primary discipline: Chemical Sciences, Technologies and Applied Sciences (2013 - 2018)

Prof Jonathan Okonkwo is the Rand Water Research Chair in Organic Chemistry at the Department of Environmental, Water and Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science. The Chair was awarded to the university by the Rand Water. This is an impressive achievement, not only for Prof Okonkwo, but for TUT as well, being the University of Technology awarded with this Research Chair. He is an NRF C1 rated researcher.

  • Prof Maurice Onyango, Rand Water Chair in Water Utilisation
    Primary discipline: Chemical Engineering (2016 - 2018)

Prof Maurice Onyango is the Rand Water Research Chair in Water Utilisation at the Department of Chemical Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. The Chair was awarded to the university by the Rand Water. This is an impressive achievement, not only for Prof Onyango, but for TUT as well, being the University of Technology awarded with this Research Chair. He is an NRF C1 rated researcher.


  • Prof Khumbulani Mpofu, Gibela Research Chair in manufacturing and skills development
    Primary discipline: Industrial Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Manufacturing and Related Skills Development (2016 - 2021)

Prof Khumbulani Mpofu is the interim Gibela chair in manufacturing and skills development. He is an NRF rated researcher with unbridled passion for Industrial Engineering.


TUT Research Niche Areas

The registered Niche Area at TUT serves as a foundation for TUT researchers and plays a fundamental role in linking university research that enthuses innovation, encourages collaboration and commercialization. TUT Niche Areas comprise of an internal team of expert researchers, international experts, industrial partners, and government agencies.

Approved Niche Areas (NA)
Contact Details
Prof A Osman
Appropriate Architecture for Africa (A³)
Engineering and the Built Environment
+27 12 382 5719
Prof H Klingelhoefer
Sustainability Management Accounting & Governmental Financial Governance
Economics and Finance
+27 12 382 0664
Prof Y Hamam
Control, Image Processing and Machine Intelligence
Engineering and the Built Environment
+27 12 382 5363
Prof J Ndambuki
Climate Change and Disaster Management
Engineering and the Built Environment
+27 12 382 2852
Prof A Kanjee
Assessment for learning
+27 12 382 9475
Prof A Mason
Reconstruction of the past and crafting a new multicultural South African landscape through the arts
The Arts
+27 12 382 6074
Prof R De Lange
Critical Studies in Visual Arts
The Arts
+27 12 382 6185
Prof SO Ojo
Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICT4D)
Information & Communication Technology
+27 12 382 9118
Prof Z Huan’
Applied Refrigeration and Thermal Energy Systems
Engineering and the Built Environment
+27 12 382 5286
Prof A Garg
Enterprise Development and Management Research in the BRICS Block
+27 12 382 3048
Prof JKO Asante
Material Composites
+27 12 382 6280
Dr BM Kalema
Information & Communication Technology for Business Enhancement
Information & Communication Technology
+27 12 382 9624
Prof KKR Mbaya
Advanced Catalysis Technologies
Engineering and the Built Environment
+27 12 382 3597

Centre’s, Institutes, Technology Stations, and Incubators

The CITSI’s are formal organisational structures that promote research, innovation, partnerships and community engagement in order to maximise the capacity of the University to address complex problems, conduct research, educate students, and serve the needs of the state, the nation, and the world.

  • The Scientometrics Centre of Excellence

The DST-NRF Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) constitutes a partnership between four entities, i.e. the Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University as host, the Institute for Economic Research on Innovation (IERI) at Tshwane University of Technology as co-host, and two institutional partners: the Centre for Higher Education Transformation (CHET) and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at the University of Leiden.

Project Leader

Name: Dr Rasigan Maharajh

Tel: + 27 12 382 3072


  • Centre for Energy and Electric Power


To be a leader in conducting cutting-edge research in energy and electric power, also in providing training, services and state-of-the-art technological solutions in this field.


To develop, implement and transfer effective energy and electric power solution for industrial, commercial and domestic applications for sustainable development.

CEEP Director

Name: Dr Olawale Popoola

Tel: +27 12 382 5195

Fax: +27 86 582 4483


  • The French-South African Institute of Technology

The French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) is a graduate school based at TUT and CPUT that is jointly developed by French and South African Governments.

The Institute offers Graduate programmes (Master’s and Doctorate) that lead to the awarding of dual qualifications in collaboration with various academic partners in France.

F’SATI operates as the Graduate School in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (GSEEE).

F’SATI TUT Node Director

Name: Prof Anish Kurien

Tel: +27 12 382 4743


Scientific Director

Name: Prof Francois Rocaries

Tel: +27 12 382 5452


  • Institute of Advanced Tooling


To be a leading centre of preference in tool design, high speed manufacturing and reverse engineering locally and internationally.


To enhance the competitiveness of South African manufacturing SMMEs through the provision of advanced manufacturing technology;

To provide specialised and affordable consulting services in high value manufacturing.


Name: Mr Mkatheko Makhubela

Tel: +27 12 382 9675


Other Centres:

  • Institute for Nano-engineering Research
  • Technology Station in Chemicals
  • Technology Station in Electronics
  • The South African Manufacturing Technology Demonstration Centre