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100 years of higher education in KZN

100 years of higher education in KZN

THE DUT ART GALLERY INVITES YOU TO
Celebrating 100 years of City Campus.

AN EXHIBITION SHOWCASING 100 YEARS OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN KZN.

EXHIBITION VENUE: DUT ART GALLERY
(Steve Biko Campus, above the Library)

EXHIBITION FROM: 24 FEBRUARY – 25 MARCH 2011
Gallery Hours: 8:30 am – 4:00 pm weekdays, the gallery is closed on weekends.
Time: 6 PM.

In 2010, The Durban University of Technology (City Campus) celebrated its centenary. To celebrate this milestone DUT hosted a series of events in December last year. The celebrations were mostly internal and now the DUT Art Gallery welcomes the general public to view and join the DUT community in celebrating 100 years of higher education in KZN through this exhibition which is also entitled Celebrating 100 years of City Campus. The exhibition includes timeline banners outlining the growth of the University, colour and black white images printed on canvas and an audio DVD looking at the activities at the Natal Technical School.

Amongst the activities that took place last year was a dinner, exhibition and two plaques which were unveiled by guests of honour KZN Provincial MEC of Education, the Honourable Mr Senzo Mchunu and Professor Vevek Ram, CEO of the National Lotteries Board.
The City Campus building has architectural significance to Durban’s built environment. This building, which houses DUT’s Faculty of Arts and Design, was initially built for students and staff of the Durban Technical Institute. The building’s foundation stone was laid by the Duke of Connaught on 03 December 1910.

The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) has generously invested R30.5 million in sponsorship towards the Durban University of Technology’s (DUT) Heritage Projects. The funding has been used for the City Campus Restoration Project, which is concerned with preserving the architectural heritage of the 100 year old building, and the Research of Currie’s and Surrounds (ROCS) project.

Over the years the university had a number of name changes. They include the following:
1907-1912 Russell Street building Durban Technical Institute

1910 Foundation Stone laid of the first “City campus” building

10 Aug 1912 “City Campus” building opening ceremony

5 Nov 1915 name changed to Durban Technical College

6 Oct 1922 name changed to Natal Technical College

1 Jan 1968 name changed to Natal College for Advanced Technical Education

1979 name changed to Technikon Natal

This remained the name of the institution until the merger in 2002 when it first became the Durban Institute of Technology and later the Durban University of Technology

Durban Technical Institute (Durban Tech) was in fact the first institution of higher education in Natal. When Howard College opened, the Natal Technical College (NTC) as it was then known, transferred on 1 Aug 1931 to Natal University College 200 students, 10 professors and lecturers, buildings, equipment and a college campus of 50 acres and so launched the University of KwaZulu-Natal, as it is today.

For more information please contact the gallery.

Nathi Gumede.
Curator

Tel: (031) 373 2207
Email: nkosinathig@dut.ac.za
Enclosed image: photographer unknown.