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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

CPUT to host UNESCO Engineering Week

Third from left Gloria Moletsane (CUT), Sinamandla Maqina (behind, CPUT), Prof Marshall Sheldon, Acting DVC: Research and Innovation, Muziwandile Mazibuko (CPUT); Rizah Rowe (CPUT); Luvuyo Kakaza (CPUT) with fellow exhibitors at the Africa Engineering Week in Bloemfontein Third from left Gloria Moletsane (CUT), Sinamandla Maqina (behind, CPUT), Prof Marshall Sheldon, Acting DVC: Research and Innovation, Muziwandile Mazibuko (CPUT); Rizah Rowe (CPUT); Luvuyo Kakaza (CPUT) with fellow exhibitors at the Africa Engineering Week in Bloemfontein

Next year CPUT will host the 5th Annual Africa Engineering Week – an initiative jointly organised by UNESCO, the Department of Science and Technology and Engineering Council of South Africa.

Prof Marshall Sheldon, Acting DVC: Research and Innovation, led the CPUT delegation that attended this year’s Africa Engineering Week, which took place earlier in the month at the Central University of Technology in Bloemfontein. She participated in a panel focussing on the role of Engineering in addressing the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals 2030.

CPUT’s Faculty of Engineering also took part in the Engineering Exhibition held in conjunction with this event. Its stall was a joint effort between the faculty’s Student Engagement Coordinator, Luvuyo Kakaza, Rizah Rowe and Sinamandla Maqina from FSATI (French South Africa Institute of Technology), as well as Muziwandile Mazibuko from the Mechatronics Department. During this two-day exhibition, a number of Science and Mathematics learners from schools in Bloemfontein and surrounds attended.

The UNESCO Africa Engineering Week is annual event, hosted by the Department of Science and Technology and supported by the Engineering Council of South Africa, that is focused on addressing the challenges represented by a shortage of engineers in South Africa and attracting learners to subjects like Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This is a multifaceted event that rotates among the nine provinces of South Africa.

“It is with the expectation of great things happening on campus that we anticipate hosting next year’s Africa Engineering Week. This year’s installment of the initiative was very enlightening and stimulating for all who attended.

“I invite each member of the CPUT community to join the Faculty of Engineering in surpassing the success achieved at this year’s event,” says Sheldon.

Written by CPUT News

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