Handover of The National Research Foundation’s “Excelleration Award” to The Mangosuthu University of Technology Congratulatory message from Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP

Handover of The National Research Foundation’s “Excelleration Award” to The Mangosuthu University of Technology Congratulatory message from Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi MP

Founder of The Mangosuthu University of Technology Founder and President Emeritus of The Inkatha Freedom Party

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13 December 2021

MUT’s First International Week – A Milestone in our Internationalisation Journey

Message from Professor Marcus Ramogale
Acting Vice-Chancellor & Principal


The inaugural MUT International Week is a source of pride for us as a University as we wind up the 2021 year. Despite all the challenges that the country and MUT have faced since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, MUT has continued its business agenda and exceeded all expectations set out in its Strategy 2025. As the country and the world navigated various waves of the pandemic and associated lockdowns, our campaign of ‘saving lives and saving the academic year/s (2020/1)’ has moreover proven fruitful.

One of MUT’s most notable achievements in 2021 was receiving the Excelleration Award from the National Research Foundation (NRF) at the end of October. The Excelleration Award for South African Research Institutions acknowledges those institutions that have achieved the most improved research performance. Its name is derived from the words “excellence” and “acceleration”, and that is indeed the goal that MUT has set for itself – to excel in research and to accelerate its research agenda.

It is against this backdrop that we are delivering our very first International Week (I-Week), a seed we planted in 2019 when MUT turned 40 years old. Back then we stated that while MUT is rooted in Umlazi Township, it is destined for the world. We made it clear that we should have a strategic goal that targets international engagements, and that’s what we have done. As part of our strategy implementation, we have been enthusiastically engaging our international peers and friends of MUT to collaborate with MUT where possible.

I am pleased that our I-Week will feature those that have walked before us in this journey of internationalisation, as well as those that will partner with us in future. The presence of Professor Hal Walker, who played a critical role in the launch of the Apollo 11 space mission in 1969, along with our founder, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, give us hope that the vision of becoming an international university is indeed attainable. Our Chancellor’s participation also reminds us that she committed to walk this journey with us when she awarded MUT a Chair in Human Settlements a few years ago. The journey continues and will be a legacy that our esteemed partners leave for MUT.

I-Week will provide our current and prospective partners a glimpse of where we are in research and innovation, as well as the progress we are making in shaping MUT as an entrepreneurship destination for our students. My sincere gratitude goes to all the speakers who will be joining us digitally from all over the world to provide support and leadership as we navigate the world of international collaborations. Amongst other things, we can look forward to our international partners taking us through a series of presentations focusing on available international funding.

Thank you to all MUT colleagues, speakers, and attendees for helping us make history together.


Youth Innovation Challenge (Call out)

Call for Applications – Youth Innovation Challenge 2021…Sign Up!

The Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) is Innovate Durban’s Flagship Programme and this year we have chosen to align the YIC to an overarching theme of ‘Responding to Crisis’ with a view to address some of the globally felt challenges that have come to the forefront during the recent unrest and ongoing pandemic. Whilst these areas of need have continued to plague us; we have seen the devastating impact on resources, industries, logistics and communities which will be felt for a long way into the future. As such we have identified 4 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals that will be presented as challenges in our local context. Challenges will be shared during the workshop programme!

Submit your team application here and stand a chance to win cash prizes for the top 3 teams!

Please Apply Here



Delay in paying student allowances


Kindly be informed that allowances that were supposed to be paid on Tuesday 11 May 2021 were not paid due to challenges and technical glitches at the bank. The Finance Department and the Bank are working tirelessly to resolve the situation and pay as soon as possible.


11 May 2021

Update on 2021 Registration

Kindly be advised of the following EMC Resolutions taken at its meeting held on Friday, 26 March 2021:

  1. Finalisation of the 2021 Registration Concessions which was subsequently signed by both the SRC and Management;
  2. Registration of new students continues from today until Friday, 9 April 2021. In this regard HoDs are to work closely with Mr Gqamane and his team to ensure registration targets for First Time Entering Students are met;
  3. Registration of returning cash paying students will commence on Wednesday, 31 March 2021 and for NSFAS students as soon as confirmation is received; and  
  4. Registration of ALL students closes on Friday, 9 April 2021 and lectures commences on Monday, 12 April 2021.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Mike Naidoo