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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Electrical Engineering consolidates on Bellville Campus

Electrical Engineering consolidates on Bellville Campus Naypong at

Innovation, research and teaching activities in the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering will be further advanced with the consolidation of the department on the Bellville Campus this July.

As from 18 July 2016, the department’s 1500 students, along with administration, teaching and research staff will report for class and work at the newly built Electrical Engineering facility on the Bellville Campus.

The consolidation is part of the broader CPUT consolidation process underway, which will see all Faculty of Engineering programmes be offered on the Bellville Campus.

Head of the department, Ben Groenewald welcomes the consolidation and says it will have a positive impact on the department’s activities.

“Centralization of academic administration will be reduced by 50% or more, which will have a significant positive impact on our operational budgets. It should also reduce the academic load on staff as lecturing duplication will no longer be necessary,” he says.

Students too will benefit by the consolidation, with teaching and learning activities set to take place in the new 10 000 square meter facility.

The facility features two state-of-the-art, three story buildings that are joined together by a double volume mid-air walkway. One building houses close to 30 laboratories, each that will be used for the practical training of students in specific areas of electrical engineering, while the second building houses the department’s six research niche areas.

The two buildings that housed the Bellville leg of the department will be converted into additional classroom space.

Groenewald says the consolidation will also allow the department to consolidate its research centres and to refocus and strengthen its research initiatives.

“The facilities make it possible to now consider the development of a high-tech electronics production and development facility to support our research initiatives and to deliver services and training to SME’s,” he says.

“The addition of the new facilities provide us the opportunity to take up the technology challenges in the Western Cape and South Africa in terms of Energy Security, Space Science and Technology and to help find solutions for these challenges.”

*Current research centres housed in the department include the following:

Written by Candes Keating

Tel: +27 21 959 6311

Provides coverage for the Engineering and Applied Sciences Faculties; the Bellville and Wellington Campuses, and research and innovation news.