In an effort to construct on and discover partnerships and capability constructing within the discipline of house, the Division of Science and Innovation (DSI) House Science and Know-how (SST) Chief Directorate and the Division of Defence (DoD) visited the House facility infrastructure within the School of Engineering & the Constructed Surroundings (FEBE) not too long ago.
The 2 authorities departments had been at CPUT to conceptualise and co-design house programmes which are related to the nationwide imperatives and societal wants. The delegation additionally included delegations from the South African Nationwide House Company (SANSA) and Armscor.
In his welcoming speech, Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, stated: “We acknowledged that the challenges going through the worldwide group are getting extra advanced and interdependent and thus international partnership between universities, enterprise, business and authorities are important parts for the success of any establishment. Partnership/collaboration, nonetheless, shouldn’t be a given, collaborate or collapse,” Nhlapo continued.
“The ability you might be visiting at this time owes its success to the CPUT, DSI, The French South African Institute of Know-how (F’SATI) that was collectively developed by French and South African Governments, Nationwide Analysis Basis (NRF) and SANSA.”
The Vice-Chancellor emphasised that it’s a mandate of the establishment to provide adaptable graduates who’re resolution pushed and may reply to socio-economic challenges. Nhlapo additional reiterated the significance of collapsing the boundaries inside collaborations to strengthen strategic partnerships and initiatives. He stated these could be achieved via steady engagements with numerous stakeholders. “We managed to look past the hype and mania related to 4IR (to not point out worry, uncertainty, and doubt.
Nhlapo stated universities can’t defend jobs that are made redundant by expertise – “however they do have a accountability to their folks”. “Shield folks (upskilling) not jobs,” he remarked.
“If expertise is killing jobs, then it is just expertise [that] can save them. It’s the new equation, and we should remedy it.”
Analysis Know-how Innovation and Partnerships Assistant Dean, Prof Veruscha Fester and Dr Angus Brandt – FSATI/ASIC, supplied an summary of the FEBE and Satellite tv for pc Programme. Appearing Chief Engineer, Nyameko Royi facilitated a tour of the house amenities.
SST Chief Director, Humbulani Mudau acknowledged the continual partnership DSI has with CPUT. Mudau identified that they introduced DoD, SANSA and Armscor to permit the chance to interact with engineering to know CPUT necessities. Supervisor Analysis Uptake: Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships, Dr Nelisiwe E. Maleka, added that the important thing message from the engagements “was that creating entry to house and constructing viable indigenous programme is crucial for our nation”. “Due to this fact, a necessity exists to create alternatives throughout the discipline of house and discover different methods of accelerating SMMEs [small, micro, and medium enterprises], enterprise improvement and entrepreneurship. In the meantime SANSA performing CEO, Andiswa Mlisa, stated: “Extra girls needs to be inspired to hitch the sector of house as a result of transformation is vital.”
It’s envisaged that it is a persevering with and progressive partnerships between delegates and CPUT.