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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

French President and SA Deputy President visit CPUT

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The Cape Peninsula University of Technology's (CPUT) mission to be a renowned leader in technological innovation and research was put into practice on Thursday the 28th of February when the Honourable Mr Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic, and Ms Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Deputy President of South Africa, inaugurated the French-South African Technical Institute of Electronics (F'SATIE) at CPUT's Bellville Campus.

The historic visit was the culmination of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2006 between F'SATIE, CPUT, and the French graduate school in Paris, Ecole Superieure d'Ingenieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE).

Mr Sarkozy and Ms Ngcuka were accompanied by high profile delegations from both countries' ministries, the Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the National Research Foundation (NRF), and the Tshwane University of Technology.

The visit demonstrated the confidence the French government has in CPUT's ability to produce a high level of skilled graduates in the field of electrical engineering.

According to the arrangement, a dual degree, MTech in Electrical Engineering from CPUT and MSc in Electronic Engineering from ESIEE, is now offered to postgraduate students in Electrical Engineering at the Bellville Campus. In addition to an MTech thesis, students are instructed in Research Methodology, Applied Engineering Ethics, Entrepreneurship and Engineering Management, as well as an array of speciality subjects in the fields of Real-Time Control Systems or High Frequency Engineering and Radiation Studies.

Mr François Rocaries, Director of F'SATIE, said ""The ambition of F'SATIE is to build a bigger network in South Africa between industry and other universities, and extend this network by building relationships with higher education institutions and companies in France and the rest of Europe.""

Professor Anthony Staak, Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic at CPUT, ""One of the strengths of F'SATIE has been the strong linkage with industry. Much of the research is in fact geared towards addressing industry related problems. Through our involvement in F'SATIE we will not only be able to grow our research but more importantly our capacity to innovate.""

Mr Vincent Baron, Attaché for Science and Technology of the French Embassy, said ""The Department of Science and Technology of the South African Government and the Service for Co-operation and Cultural Service of the French Embassy are exploring ways to extend the experience gained with F'SATIE to other areas, such as Civil Engineering, Energy, et cetera.""

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Written by CPUT News

Email: news@cput.ac.za