Monday, 06 May 2013

Building international partnerships

COLLABORATE: The delegation from the N+ I network of engineering schools in France with members of the CPUT Engineering Faculty and Office of International Affairs 

CPUT is living up to it mission statement and cementing partnerships with institutions and agencies, both nationally and internationally.

One of its most notable partnerships is that with the French, who during the past few years collaborated with CPUT on a number of projects.

The university is now looking at extending its number of collaborations with the French and recently hosted a delegation from the N+ I Network, a group that represents engineering schools in France.

The delegation met with members of the Engineering Faculty and the Office of International Affairs at the Bellville Campus.

The parties explored possible collaborations in research, curriculum development, as well as staff and student exchange. They also discussed the possibility of offering dual degrees.

Director of the Office of International Affairs, Merle Hodges says talks with the N+ I network started in 2012.

“This recent visit offered an opportunity for heads of departments and professors from the various institutions to meet and discuss various aspects of the partnership,” says Hodges.

The most notable collaboration to date with the French is F’SATI, a joint venture between CPUT and ESIEE-Paris, a graduate school in France. The collaboration is a huge success, with F’SATI leading training in satellite engineering.

The most recent collaboration resulted in the establishment of the Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre. The Bellville-based centre is a joint venture between CPUT, the French Ministry of Education, the French company Dassault Systems and the Technology Innovation Agency.

Written by CPUT News