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Central University of Technology

Central University of Technology, Free State
Central University of Technology logo.svg
MottoThinking Beyond
TypePublic University of Technology
ChancellorMadam Justic Mahube Molemela
Vice-ChancellorProf Henk de Jager
Administrative staff
1 100
Students20 000
Location, ,
South Africa
ColoursRed, yellow and blue

Central University of Technology, Free State or CUT is a University of Technology in Bloemfontein in the Free State province of South Africa. It was established in 1981 as "Technikon Free State". As part of the South African government's restructuring of tertiary education for the new millennium it was promoted to university of technology status.


The main campus is situated in Bloemfontein, capital city of Free State province in the centre of South Africa. Other campuses have been established at Welkom in the heart of the Free State goldfields, and at Kimberley in facilities managed by the Northern Cape Higher Education Institute.[1]


The Central University of Technology employs over 800 academic and research staff spread across four faculties.[1]


  • Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology
  • Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences
  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Faculty of Management Sciences[1][2]

Student enrollment

The Central University of Technology offers contact and distance learning. In 2007, it had 10,278 contact students and 200 distance students. There were 8,474 full-time and 2,004 part-time students. Of the student body, 9,902 were South African citizens, while 532 were from other SADC countries and 44 were international students from countries other than the SADC.[1]



Research Group in Evolvable Manufacturing Systems
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RGEMS (Research Group in Evolvable Manufacturing Systems) is a research group within the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering[3] at the Central University of Technology, Free State.

Established in 2006 by Prof. Herman Vermaak and Dr. Nicolaas Luwes.

The group has also participated in national competitions, such as the Siemens National Cyber Junkyard. [4]


  1. ^ a b c d [] Central University of Technology Retrieved 31 December 2011
  2. ^ [] Archived 2013-01-30 at the Wayback Machine 16 June 2012
  3. ^ "Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering - CUT, South Africa".
  4. ^ "CUT grabs the top prize at this year's national Cyber Junkyard - CUT, South Africa". 6 April 2013.