Universities share expertise

2019-03-27 06:01
At the discussions between the Central University of Technology (CUT) and the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) on 14 March in Bloemfontein are from the left, front: Prof. Nellie Feza (dean: Humanities CUT) and Dr Johan Badenhorst (deputy director: e-Learning and Educational Technology CUT); middle: Prof. Samson Mashele (dean: Health and Environmental Sciences CUT), Prof. Alfred Ngowi (deputy vice-chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement CUT) and Prof. Herman Vermaak (dean: Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology CUT); back: Dr Oswald Franks (executive dean: Engineering NMU), Prof. Henk de Jager (vice-chancellor and principal CUT), Prof. Derrick Swartz (former vice-chancellor and principal NMU), Dr Gary Paul (deputy vice-chancellor: Resources and Operations CUT) and Dr Gerrie Booysen (director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing CUT). Photo: Supplied

At the discussions between the Central University of Technology (CUT) and the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) on 14 March in Bloemfontein are from the left, front: Prof. Nellie Feza (dean: Humanities CUT) and Dr Johan Badenhorst (deputy director: e-Learning and Educational Technology CUT); middle: Prof. Samson Mashele (dean: Health and Environmental Sciences CUT), Prof. Alfred Ngowi (deputy vice-chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement CUT) and Prof. Herman Vermaak (dean: Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology CUT); back: Dr Oswald Franks (executive dean: Engineering NMU), Prof. Henk de Jager (vice-chancellor and principal CUT), Prof. Derrick Swartz (former vice-chancellor and principal NMU), Dr Gary Paul (deputy vice-chancellor: Resources and Operations CUT) and Dr Gerrie Booysen (director: Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing CUT). Photo: Supplied

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The Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State and the Nelson Mandela University (NMU) are in the process of exploring possible projects to share expertise.

Delegates of the two universities had discussions in Bloemfontein on 14 March about potentially sharing expertise and knowledge.

Both institutions are looking at their strategic location in terms of the South African landscape and their areas of research.

CUT, with its two campuses in Bloemfontein and Welkom, is an inland institution with active research in the agricultural sector and a recognised leader in prototyping and additive manufacturing.

NMU is in the coastal region in Port Elizabeth and has the potential to bring niche foci to this partnership.

Both institutions agree they would continue to explore the potential for partnering and an agreement that engagement is set to carry on.

Prof. Derrick Swartz, former vice-chancellor and principal of NMU, and Dr Oswald Franks, executive dean of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology, held discussions with the CUT executive team and various stakeholders.

The discussions explored the partnering potential by assessing current projects at both universities.

The visiting delegates of NMU was also introduced to the Centre for Rapid Prototyping and Manufacturing and the CUT Solar 1 project.

The solar project is delivering a percentage of the CUT campus electricity. Also discussed was online programmes and how resources may be shared by the two universities.

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