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.