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Wednesday, 01 September 2021

FEBE to host PEESA III Dissemination Conference

ALL HANDS ON DECK: PEESA III Board member, Prof Anthony Staak says it’s all systems go for the virtual Personalised Engineering Education in Southern Africa Dissemination Conference. ALL HANDS ON DECK: PEESA III Board member, Prof Anthony Staak says it’s all systems go for the virtual Personalised Engineering Education in Southern Africa Dissemination Conference.

The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (FEBE) will host the much-anticipated PEESA III (Personalised Engineering Education in Southern Africa) Dissemination Conference on the 7th of September 2021 on Microsoft Teams.

The main theme of this virtual event is: Engineering Education and the conference will be of interest to engineering staff and students. The project also focuses on the promotion of women in engineering and on improving the university's industry co-operation.

The PEESA III Project is a collaborative initiative funded by the European Commission on the Erasmus+ programme. It is aimed at building capacity in areas related to engineering education. The project is being implemented by a consortium of universities from South Africa and Europe, namely: CPUT, Tshwane University of Technology, Vaal University of Technology, Durban University of Technology, Hochschule Wismar, Hochschule Flensburg, University of Szczecin and the Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu.

PEESA III Board member, Prof Anthony Staak says in 2013 a consortium of universities from Europe and Southern Africa submitted an application for funding from the European Commission for a project titled “Programme on Energy Efficiency in Southern Africa” hence the acronym PEESA. The consortium was successful in two further applications for funding from the European Commission. All three projects are related to engineering education. “The current PEESA III has as its primary deliverable a suite of professional master of engineering degrees at the South African partner universities,” says Staak.

The Dissemination Conference takes place towards the end of the Erasmus + project, where the primary goal is to provide project participants with an opportunity to showcase the PEESA III project, present the project outcomes and deliverables, and reflect on its successes and challenges.  

The project is located at FEBE and as a result of the PEESA project the faculty will have two newly developed Master’s degree qualifications. “Faculty staff, in particular, will benefit from the capacity building initiatives associated with the project,” Staak enthuses.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only presenters and session chairs will be permitted to enter the conference venue, and then only for their presentation. The conference will be video streamed on the TEAMS platform making online participation possible. There will be three keynote addresses by well-known speakers. The embassies of Germany, Poland and Romania have all been approached for messages of support, but they will most probably participate virtually. Staak says it’s difficult to estimate the online attendance, but the conference has been advertised at all partner universities.

To join the conference, please click on the following link - https://bit.ly/3j8Lnub 

Written by Aphiwe Boyce