Millions for NMMU’s new marine engineering course

2015-11-04 06:00
The NMMU recently signed a memorandum of understanding with merSETA, who will be providing R30 million to the university over three years to establish a new degree in marine engineering. Here Professor Derrick Swartz, vice-chancellor of NMMU, shares

The NMMU recently signed a memorandum of understanding with merSETA, who will be providing R30 million to the university over three years to establish a new degree in marine engineering. Here Professor Derrick Swartz, vice-chancellor of NMMU, shares

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IN a major boost to the developing ocean economy in South Africa, merSETA is to provide R30 million over the next three years to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University to, among others, establish a Bachelor of Engineering Technology in Marine Engineering degree.

This is part of merSETA’s contribution to the strategic Operation Phakisa initiative of government, which focuses on the “blue” economy by unlocking the economic potential of the country’s oceans.

“Not only will this agreement allow for the generation of new qualifications in the developing sector of marine engineering, but it also allows for the development of TVET curricula, as well as creating progression for TVET learners to university in the marine sector,” said merSETA CEO Dr Raymond Patel.

“The investment by merSETA demonstrates their confidence in NMMU and will enable the university to source top experts in the marine engineering field to teach, support and grow students in the maritime industry, increase research for naval architecture and ship engineering, as well as establish the NMMU as a world class maritime university,” said NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz.

This agreement will also open up new job opportunities for participants.

The NMMU has completed the initial design of the academic programme for the new Marine Engineering degree and will now follow formal procedures for approval via the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The new course will include modules such as naval architecture and marine automation. It is envisaged the new degree will open in 2017.

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