- Diploma study is vocation-based, and
develops career-oriented skills and
- Initial study at a University of
Technology or some Comprehensive
Universities can lead to a diploma.
- Diploma programmes train high level
person power - people who are ready to
start work on completion of their study.
- The institutions work hard to maintain
close partnerships with commerce and
industry, ensuring that they are sensitive
to the needs of the communities they
- The institutions are striving to establish
research programmes, so that they will be
able to provide technological leadership.
- Students are instructed through a
combination of theoretical study and
practical experience, in many cases in
an appropriate work situation.
- Students learn how to apply their
knowledge in real-life situations.
- Some programmes allow students
to graduate at a number of different
stages. For instance, students
successfully completing the fi rst year of
National Diploma programmes may be
able to apply to be awarded a National
Certifi cate; those passing the second
year can apply to be awarded a National
Higher Certifi cate. The National Diploma
is awarded on successful completion of
the third year, and those who wish to
pursue their studies further can usually
register for a Bachelor of Technology,
which requires a further one year
full-time or two years part-time.