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Border Technikon’s main campus in Potsdam,
near East London, is designed around a natural
spring and dam. The main campus is a modern
campus with well-kept grounds.

Learn the cutting edge at Border Technikon


Border Technikon (BT) is one of the youngest tertiary institutions in South Africa. It has positioned itself as a leader in higher education, offering cutting-edge education in the Faculties of Applied Technology and Human Sciences. Its name has been synonymous with affordable, technologically innovative, career-specific education, training and research sensitive to market, community and national priorities.

To date, the Technikon boasts a student base of some 6 600 full-time and part-time students located at its campuses in Potsdam in East London and Bisho. The BT family has truly brought life to our motto, “By learning useful things, we make progress”. They have not only profiled themselves in the Eastern Cape, but have won international accolades. Students also receive international exposure through participation in exhibitions and experiential learning programmes in the fields of Fashion Design, Art and Analytical Chemistry.

Building strategic partnerships internationally
Border Technikon has also forged strategic linkages with government, the private sector and best practice institutions internationally. These include the University of Duisburg in Germany, University of Milwaukee in Wisconsin (USA) and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (USA). These institutions have brought a wealth of expertise and resources to the Technikon.

Future merger for vibrant sector
The landscape of higher education in South Africa has changed. The merger of Border Technikon, Eastern Cape Technikon and the University of Transkei to form Walter Sisulu University for Technology and Science, Eastern Cape has been heralded by many as a plausible move.

We are indeed looking forward to shaping and crafting what is to be a “vibrant higher education sector in South Africa”. The partnerships that the merging institutions have forged in the province and nationally can only spell success for the new institution.

Programme mix
BT lauds achievement for its highly successful academic programmes. The Faculties of l Applied Technology and l Human Sciences offer over 50 formal programmes at Certificate, Diploma and B Tech Degree level.

In the Faculty of Applied Technology, the main fields of study include - Engineering (Building, Civil, Computer Systems, Electrical and Mechanical) - Analytical Chemistry - Applied Art, Fashion, Food and Consumer Science w Hospitality - Tourism and - Information Technology.

The Faculty of Human Sciences offers a variety of courses. You can choose anything from Accounting Administrative Management Communication Studies Cost and Management Accounting Education Financial Information Systems Human Resources Management Internal Auditing Journalism Local Government Finance Management of Training Marketing Office Management and Technology Policing Small Business Management Sport Management Taxation Versatile Broadcasting.

Facilities and services
Border Technikon students can develop a vibrant social life next to their place of study. The recreational facilities, student societies and the variety of sporting codes add value to the student experience. We also offer a well-equipped resource centre, computer facilities and laboratories. The health services unit sees to students’ physical as well as psychological needs.

Entry requirements
Each faculty has its own admission requirements. The minimum requirements are a pass at matric or the South African Grade 12 and any equivalent qualification. Students from outside the Republic of South Africa can verify their qualifications with the South African Quality Authority (SAQA).

Private Bag 1421
East London
South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)43 708 5200
Fax: +27 (0)43 708 5331

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