The strategic focus of TUT as a university of technology is on the development of the human resources of South Africa. Learning programmes are developed, in collaboration with industry and professional bodies, around speci c cutting- edge work-related competencies and speci cations. The primary focus is thus professional and career-focused education. To promote readiness to practise the career, a system of cooperative education is in place at the institution, which allows the student to be exposed to a period of learning in the labour market. Academic offerings are also designed with the latest technological advances in mind, are student-centred and are aimed at on the development of the student in totality.