The Cape Peninsula University of Technology was established on 1 January 2005, when the Cape Technikon and Peninsula Technikon merged. Today, CPUT is the only university of technology in the Western Cape and is the largest university in the region, with more than 33 000 students from 72 countries, with several campuses, and more than 70 programmes.
The CPUT is at the heart of technology education and innovation in Africa and is highly efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious, with high quality of the teaching and learning, relevant curriculum, well-resourced learning environment, vibrant research, and knowledge production. An internationally acclaimed institution, it has six faculties offering a wide range of accredited undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the fields of Applied Sciences, Business, Education and Social Sciences, Engineering, Informatics and Design, and Health and Wellness Sciences.
Engineering Faculty covers a broad range of engineering disciplines, which are currently being reformed to respond to the demands of regional, national, and global industry priorities in engineering education. Through a range of multi-disciplinary research institutes and centres, the Faculty aims to integrate its education and research programmes into a cohesive system, providing students with modern technology platforms for relevant and industry-responsive education, with a high degree of work-integrated learning. These platforms include the Centre for Distributed Power and Electronics Systems (CDPES) and the Centre for Substation Automation and Energy Management Systems (CSAEMS), which participate in this project application. Our strategic objective is to integrate cutting edge technology research with the academic programmes, which contributes to highly skilled graduates and is also instrumental in building human resource capacity.
Regional, National and international partnerships provide an essential mechanism for education, research and technology transfer, while at the same time developing opportunities for student and staff international experience. As such, it is vital that the CPUT builds strategic partnerships globally and particularly in Africa. This Erasmus+ KA2 programme for Capacity building in the field of Higher education will contribute to the extension of our cooperation for further innovation and the exchange of good practices between the members of the project.
The Cape Peninsula University of Technology will act as a partner in the DAMOC project. Through its activities the CPUT will contribute to the fulfillment of the aim of the Capacity Building project.
The university‘s role within the project is of an active partner to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate highly relevant to the requirements of the Smart grid and technology knowledge transfer modules of a new independent master course in Smart grid to be presented at CPUT, and to participate, using some of these modules in a joint international master course together with the other partners in the project – under the coordination of the Technical University of Dresden. The CPUT will take active part also in other capacity building activities as conferences, workshops and meetings, cooperation, networking and exchange of practices, postgraduate student events, development and dissemination of information, etc.
The CPUT will also participate in mobility of staff and postgraduate students between the project partners as both Sending and Receiving organization, providing practical arrangements, preparing the students before departure, hosting the students, developing programs of activities, and providing support during all phases of the project.