The Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) is the foremost higher education institution in the heartland of South Africa, dedicated to quality education and training in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET). Over the past 35 years, CUT has developed into a leading University, able to take its place in the national as well as international higher education landscape.
CUT, then still known as the Technikon Orange Free State, opened its doors in 1981 with 285 students enrolled in mainly Secretarial, Art and Design programmes. In 2017, the University boasted 18 264 students who decided to make CUT their academic partner in earning a qualification and gaining appropriate workplace experience. With the restructuring of the higher education landscape some years ago, CUT embraced its new status as a University of Technology (UoT), and thus positioned itself to succeed as such. On 26 March 2004, the former Technikon Free State officially exchanged its “technikon” status for a tailor-made identity, when its new name was published in the Government Gazette – a name that is a true reflection of what the university stands for: Central University of Technology, Free State.
CUT’s history – from its humble beginnings to the proud University it is today – is reflected in its buildings. The unoccupied buildings of the Commercial High School in St George’s Street, leased in 1981, soon became too small, and a second building in President Brand Street was occupied. In 1988, the University purchased the former premises of the Eunice Primary School and the campus of the Bloemfontein College of Education. Before long, these were followed by the Main Building (today known as the ZR Mahabane Building), the BHP Billiton Building (which houses a large portion of the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology), the Dirk Coetzee Building (which houses the Faculty of Health and Environmental Sciences), the Prosperitas Auditorium, as well as the Boet Troskie Hall and a modern library. The Lapeng Student Centre is a hub of student activity that not only renders a valuable service with regard to the students’ requirements, but also ensures that they enjoy every aspect of student life to the full. This Centre is equipped with an amphitheatre, as well as a cafeteria where students can socialise.
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