CAPA April 2017 International Conference in Cape Town, South Africa


Welcome to The Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities
and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA)

The Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA), hitherto known as Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa, is a Pan-African organization that was established following a resolution of the 7th Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers that was held in Accra, Ghana in March 1977, with a mandate to support professional and skills development and to promote policy advocacy in favour of technical and vocational education and training (TVET) >>Read More


The CAPA organisation, hitherto known as the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa, recently announced the amendment of its name to the Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa. According to a release by the association’s Secretary General, Dr. Olubunmi Owoso, the decision was taken at the conference held in December 2015 in Kumasi, Ghana, following the resolution of the CAPA Executive Board..

The Board had noted the conversion of some polytechnics into technical universities and the on-going process of transformation in a few other member countries. In order to underscore the inclusiveness of the ensuing technical universities in the association, the conference endorsed the amendment of the name of the association to “Commonwealth Association of Technical Universities and Polytechnics in Africa,” while the acronym remains as CAPA.

However, conference urged the member countries to put in place appropriate polices and legislations that would allow smooth transition of the identified polytechnics to technical universities or universities of technology, including accreditation of existing programmes by respective professional bodies, without losing focus on their core mandates as institutions that are expected to produce skilled technical manpower for the world of work and to spur technological / industrial development in Africa.

CAPA December 2016 Conference: Highlights and Communique

The CAPA December 2016 Conference in Lilongwe was organised in collaboration with the Malawi Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development; the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority, Malawi and Malawi TVET institutions.

Hon  Dr Emmanuel  Fabiano ,MP 
Minister of Education,  Science and Technology

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The General Conference of the Commonwealth Associations of Technical Univesrities and Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA), comprising Vice Chancellors, Rectors and Principals of its member institutions, has ammended the association's Constitution at a meeting held in Lilongwe, Republic of Malawi on December 13, 2016.

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Matiang’i urges African states to adopt a common curriculum

 - Courtesy of The Star

Education CS Fred Matiang’i wants all Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutes in Africa to develop a common curriculum. He said these institutions should jointly train and develop capacity to maximise opportunities across the continent.

Matiang’i called for heads of all African colleges to review their curriculums to meet the current market demands and carry out extensive research. He said most African countries have a system that focuses on white-collar jobs that fail to meet the needs of the labour market. “­ The curriculum should be skill-based,” Matiang’i said. He spoke during the opening of the International Commonwealth Association of Technical University and Polytechnics in Africa conference at Pride Inn Hotel, Mombasa. >> Read More

Association of African Universities announces webinar on TVET

The Association of African Universities (AAU) recently announced its hosting of a webinar on the theme 'TVET STRATEGY FOR AFRICAN TECHNICAL UNIVERSITIES' scheduled to hold on March  30, 2017 at 12 noon GMT.

The webinar will be delivered by Dr. George Afeti, a renowned TVET and Tertiart Education Expert/ Consultant, Chairman of AU Committee on TVET and former Secretary General of the Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa (CAPA)