DUT offers academic programs at a number of campuses situated in Durban and Pietermaritzburg, in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) province, South Africa. A popular tourist and business destination, KZN is noted for its diversity of people, but also its remarkable environmental diversity. Natural forests, imposing mountains, warm Indian Ocean beaches and subtropical climate, as well as historic battlefields and other sites of importance, all attract numerous visitors to the province. KZN is the second most populated region in South Africa, with large rural areas. Poverty and unemployment unfortunately remain prevailing challenges across communities.
Within this context, DUT is keenly aware of its role in facilitating economic progress, consistently offering high quality teaching and pertinent research programs in science, engineering and technology, ever mindful of South African development issues. The University continues to work closely with industry, government, NGO’s and communities to impart practical knowledge. Receiving far more applications for first year entry than can be accommodated, DUT is already a popular choice for many young South Africans, progressing towards its aim to be the preferred university for technology leadership. The student body of about 25,000 students is largely drawn from lower economic income groups and previously disadvantaged demographics, many from deep rural communities. Most DUT students are the first in their families to attend university.