Research, Technology and Innovation


From curing diseases to advances in space science and technology… researchers at CPUT are committed to playing a key role in addressing South Africa’s current economic and social needs.

CPUT is building on its historic strengths and the strides it has made since its formation in 2005. In November 2012, CPUT adopted a 10-year research and innovation blueprint. The Research and Technology Innovation (RTI) blueprint underpins Vision 2020 and supports our transition from a “good” towards a “great” university of technology. It is premised by a realisation that a sustainable future depends on investment in research and development in new technologies and capacity development.

The blueprint is underpinned by six strategic imperatives:  Excellence, Strategic partnerships, Unlocking staff and student potential, Service and Research Uptake, Multidisciplinary RTI focus areas, and Continuous measurement and evaluation. It is in this context that the RTI blueprint provides CPUT with a strategic frame within which we seek to produce research and innovation which is relevant and which is aligned to the needs of the province, the country, the continent and the world through knowledge discovery, excellence in teaching, and service