TWR has almost 400 academic staff members
A higher education leader
We are in the process of establishing
a unique and innovative South African University. RAU
University and the Technikon Witwatersrand will merge
on 1 January 2005 to become the University of Johannesburg.
This means students will become part of one of the
very first comprehensive universities in South Africa.
Characteristic of a comprehensive university is its
offering of a broad spectrum of programmes with different
entry requirements that include both general academic
and career-orientated programmes. Students will be
able to enrol for a range of qualifications, including
certificates, diplomas, degrees and higher degrees.
Tomorrow’s leaders cut their entrepreneurial
teeth at the Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR). The institution
has long been recognised as a higher education leader,
not only in the business-related market, but also in
engineering, health, design and mining.
For five years running, TWR won a Professional
Management Review Golden Award for being the best Technikon
in South Africa. The high marketability of TWR graduates
and an uncompromising commitment to excellent career-orientated
education made it the natural winner of this prestigious
The TWR has conferred degrees since
1996. To date, 3 391 students have received degrees.
The Technikon’s strong emphasis on technology
provides South Africa with graduates who are able to
understand, appropriately develop and use the myriad
technologies which are characteristic of almost every
facet of modern businesses, from graphic design to
medicine. TWR has almost 400 academic staff members
who are located in four faculties.
Location and brief history
The Technikon Witwatersrand (TWR)
was founded in 1903 as the Transvaal Technical Institute,
established initially to serve the mining industry.
More than three-quarters of a century later, the
TWR continues offering its students and the communities
it serves quality career higher education. Currently,
TWR has some 14 500 registered students. There are
four campuses located in and around Johannesburg – the
Doornfontein, Auckland Park, Eloff Street and Smit
Building has started on new state-of-the-art
buildings in Auckland Park to house the Faculty of
Art, Design and Architecture and the School of Tourism
and Hospitality from 2005 onwards. This will be a one
of its kind centre, designed to train top-notch graduates
for the hospitality, tourism and art industries.
Links with industry
The TWR maintains close and dynamic
links with industry, business and the public sector,
enabling it to review and alter programmes as circumstances
change in the marketplace. Students therefore graduate
with appropriate and applicable skills and knowledge.
Jobs of the future will increasingly be provided
by small business and decreasingly by big business
and the public sector.
The TWR places much emphasis on developing
entrepreneurial skills to equip students to deal with
this reality and to make them eventual providers, not
mere seekers of jobs.
To be considered for entrance,
students must be in possession of a matriculation
certificate or equivalent school-leaving certificate.
In some instances additional entrance requirements
are needed. Most applicants are required to pass
a selection test which examines aptitude and ability.
Faculties and programmes
A wide range of qualifications
are offered by the TWR’s Faculties:
- Art, Design and Architecture
- Business Management
- Engineering (Incorporating the School
- Health Sciences
Qualifications include: the National
Certificate, National Higher Certificate, National
Diploma, National Higher Diploma and Bachelor, Master
and Doctor of Technology degrees.
The National Diploma remains the TWR’s
main qualification. However, a B Tech degree is the
professionally recognised exit point for most programmes.
In the majority of programmes, students first complete
a National Diploma and then proceed to degree studies.
the majority of programmes, students first complete
a national diploma and then proceed to degree studies.
TWR boasts three well-resourced libraries.
Facilities and services
Full-time nursing sisters, qualified to deal with a wide range of minor medical
problems, are available at both the Doornfontein and Auckland Park campuses.
The TWR Health Centre is situated on the Doornfontein Campus and offers professional
services ranging from chiropractic consultations to optometric assessments
at medical aid rates, where applicable.
The Academic Support Unit (ASU), in conjunction with the Faculties, runs a
number of access and support programmes for prospective students. If you
do not meet the specified admission requirements, you may still qualify for
one of the access programmes. Successful completion of the access programme
guarantees your acceptance into the Faculty.
The TWR boasts three libraries stocking a wealth of literature to assist you
in your studies, as well as audio-visual facilities for students who wish
to use videos, CDs and audio tapes for study and research.
The TWR is home to some of South Africa's most promising young sportsmen and
women. We offer a wide range of sports including aerobics, boxing, soccer,
rugby, golf, martial arts, volleyball, softball and chess, to name a few.
Sports bursaries are available for students who have achieved at least provincial
colours in their chosen sport.
The Student Affairs Department offers such a variety of activities that, whatever
your taste or lifestyle, you're certain to find something you'll enjoy. Some
of these include lunch-hour concerts, film shows, singing, dancing, drama
and debating societies.
Keeping you connected
TWR maintains two state-of-the-art Internet Café Style Cyber Centres,
on the Doornfontein and Auckland Park campuses, giving TWR students access
to information technology, the worldwide web, e-mail and educational software.
Getting the job
Our Co-operative Education and Placement Unit (CPU) assists both its students
and industry to find experiential learning placements and full-time employment.
The TWR’s nine residences accommodate 2 000 students. Each residence
has television lounges, games rooms, parking and laundry facilities and either
catered or self-catering accommodation.
P.O. Box 17011
Tel: +27 (0)11 406 2220/1