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Two students from the Department of Town and Regional Planning were among the winners of the #cocreateMYCITY Cape Town student challenge.

Nangamso Xulu and Chirsten Africa’s prize includes return tickets to the Netherlands.

The aim of the initiative was for multidisciplinary student groups to find smart solutions to real-life urban challenges in the sectors of water, transport and logistics, energy, agriculture and healthcare. The students received business training to stimulate their ideas and were exposed to the realities of the various sectors through site visits and engaging with experts.

The challenge was concluded by a showcase event in the Cape Town City Hall.

The five top teams (as selected by a panel of judges) delivered a two-minute pitch to an audience of more than 200, including the executive mayor of the City of Cape Town, Dan Plato and the premier of the Western Cape, Alan Winde.

“One of the emerging research areas of the Department of Town and Regional Planning revolves around ‘transdisciplinary education’, which is based upon an elementary premise that societal problems are too complex to be solved by individual disciplines operating in silos,” said Dr Masilonyane Mokhele, Head of the Department of Town and Regional Planning.

“It goes without saying that universities are better placed to train future professionals who are able to collaborate with counterparts with diverse disciplinary lenses.”

The Department, spearheaded by Mokhele and technician Mzingisi Muluse, in collaboration with the Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships office, assisted with the recruitment of five CPUT students to partake in the #cocreateMYCITY Cape Town student challenge. The initiative was facilitated by the Dutch Foreign Missions in South Africa, in collaboration with Nuffic Neso South Africa, and included 40 students from seven higher education institutions.

These included four South African institutions: CPUT, University of Cape Town, TSIBA Business School, and Stellenbosch University and three from the Netherlands: Delft University of Technology, Fontys University of Applied Sciences and Breda University of Applied Sciences.

On their planned trip to the Netherlands, Nangamso and Chirsten will join their Dutch counterparts to learn more about entrepreneurship and innovation.

“Kudos to Nangamso and Chirsten. They displayed their ability to work in teams with students from various fields of study – this is a critical competency expected of urban and regional planners. This shows that staff of the department are on the right track in grooming future planners,” said Mokhele.

CPUT will be celebrating the success of hundreds of graduates during two digital graduation ceremonies later this month.

She may be just 19, but Okuhle Lingani oozes confidence and hopes to follow in the footsteps of Miss Universe and CPUT alumna, Zozibini Tunzi.

Four outstanding researchers have been announced as finalists in the 2019/2020 National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF)-South32 Awards.

The Department of Nursing Science is leading an initiative which aims to strengthen efforts to ensure the gradual safe return of staff and students to campuses.

Dr Mahabubur Chowdhury’s aspiration to change the lives of people in Africa through research and innovation has earned him a nomination for the 2020 National Research Foundation (NRF) Research Excellence Award for Early Career/Emerging Researchers.

Members of the executive management are conducting spot checks of campuses this week as the university gears up for the gradual return of staff and students.