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Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Warm welcome for French diplomats

CAMARADERIE:  Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, looks on as the French Embassy Delegation, Dr Paul Cavalier and Bertille Daran listen to PLMCC Manager, Stephen Bosman. CAMARADERIE: Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, looks on as the French Embassy Delegation, Dr Paul Cavalier and Bertille Daran listen to PLMCC Manager, Stephen Bosman.

Vice-Chancellor, Prof Chris Nhlapo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, Dr David Phaho and Prof Judy Peter, Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships (SIP) unit Director, recently hosted the French Embassy Delegation, Dr Paul Cavalier and Bertille Daran.

The SIP office coordinated this visit by the French delegation to identify key research teams and projects as well as high level postgraduate programmes, while developing links with French-based companies.  Nhlapho said: “We are very excited as CPUT for the visit by the French Embassy. Our relationship goes a long way and It has been a good to monitor and check the progress that has been made.”

 “In terms of capacity building, staff development and student exchange, we have achieved a lot.”

According to the SIP Unit, the CPUT is living up to its 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 several projects.

Most notably is the collaboration with AIRBUS S.A.S, the graduate school Ecole Supérieure d'Ingénieurs en Electrotechnique et Electronique (ESIEE) and the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI), a specialised centre at CPUT’s Bellville campus. F’SATI collaborates with ESIEE on the delivery of postgraduate programmes in engineering. On completion of their degrees, graduates receive qualifications from F’SATI and CPUT.

Speaking at the event, Cavalier said: “Thank you for hosting us, it has been a long-time relationship…The aim of this visit was just to connect after two years which were not good [due to Covid-19 pandemic], hopefully next year we will visit again.” He added that it was important for them to know the direction the relationship is taking.

Following the visit, Peter said: “It’s an important visit to entrench the bilateral relationship between the French Embassy, CPUT and the Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment (FEBE).

In addition, Cavalier said: “It’s good that we have this kind of communication, it’s important that we keep it.”

Amongst the dignitaries, were FEBE Dean: Prof Marshall Sheldon, Assistant Dean: Research, Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, Prof Veruscha Fester, F’SATI and Satellite Systems Engineering Manager: Operations, Finances and Communications,Ian Van Zyl, and Director: Technology Transfer Office, Dr Revel Iyer .

Written by Des