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Tuesday, 18 September 2018

DST-UNESCO Engineering Conference kicks off

VISION FOR THE FUTURE: Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo addresses delegates during the DST-UNESCO Engineering Conference. VISION FOR THE FUTURE: Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo addresses delegates during the DST-UNESCO Engineering Conference. Robin Thuynsma

Representatives from government, industry and academia were among the delegates welcomed to the Bellville campus this morning for the first day of the DST-UNESCO Engineering Conference.

The theme of the three-day conference is Enabling the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Sustainability and Economic Growth.

Prof Marshall Sheldon, CPUT’s Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships, said the initiative was developed to build engineering capacity in the country that is informed by national projects such as the National Development Plan. National Infrastructure Plan, National Skills Development Plan Strategy and specific projects such as the Square Kilometre Array.

“This conference aims to bring together role-players in various engineering fields to discuss opportunities and challenges and to propose strategies to South Africa that we can adopt to develop the engineering capacity in South Africa,” she said.

In addition, the conference aims to raise awareness of the importance of the role of engineering in growing the economy of the country and thereby increasing the quality of life.

CPUT Vice-Chancellor Dr Chris Nhlapo said the conference theme was of particular interest to the institution as the university had recently embarked on a strategy aimed at unpacking the concept of the Fourth Industrial revolution and its impact on the Vision 2030 plan for the institution with a vision of creating one smart CPUT.

He said platforms like the conference were important “so that we can talk in unison about the national approach to the fourth and the fifth industrial revolution.”

This morning’s speakers included Dr Gansen Pillay, Deputy CEO of the National Research Foundation, who delivered the keynote address, and Sipho Madonsela, CEO of the Engineering Council of South Africa.

Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Health and Wellness Sciences and Informatics and Design Faculties.