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Chemical Engineering graduate chosen for prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship

Zanele Mahlangu (23), is the only South African chosen as a Schwarzman Scholar to pursue a one-year master’s degree in China in 2020. Launched in 2016, the scholarship is designed to respond to the geopolitical landscape of the 21st century. According to the Schwarzman Scholars website, “Regardless of politics, business or science, the success of future leaders around the world will depend upon an understanding of China’s role in global trends.”


Interior Architecture postgraduate student, Nadia Ghillino captivates the attention of SABC and Chinese Global Daily

Nadia Ghillino, Masters student in Interior Architecture (class of 2018) exhibited her dissertation project, The Secret Life of Streets, at the Department of Human Settlements’ Neighbourhood 4.0 Off-the-Wall Technology Showcase at the CSIR on 8-9 February. 

Her project investigates the issue of homelessness, by proposing an adaptable and flexible temporary cubicle design to address the lack of basic amenities in public urban areas.



UP academic awarded international medal for mining engineering doctorate

UP engineer Dr Michael du Plessis is this year’s recipient of the prestigious Rocha Medal, awarded to him by the International Society for Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering (ISRM) at the 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium in Singapore. 

Dr Du Plessis completed his doctoral thesis in 2016 through UP’s Department of Mining Engineering, an achievement that makes him an elite researcher internationally in the field of rock engineering, and significantly contributes to the research capacity of the department



Research excellence and Postgraduate achievements


L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Postdoctoral Award: Dr Marilize Everts

Dr Marilize Everts, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Pretoria was awarded the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Postdoctoral Award in Nairobi, Kenya, on 6 December 2018.  A total of 488 nominations were received and this was one of only two postdoctoral fellowships that were awarded in the Sub-Saharan African region. 



Student success at Greenovate Awards 2019

Two students in the Department of Construction Economics, Henno de Villiers and Liné Grobler, were recognised for their research on water-saving strategies in construction management. The purpose of the Greenovate Awards is to encourage students to learn about green buildings and sustainability. In addition to a trophy and a cash prize, the students were also able to attend the Green Building Council Convention in 2020.



EBIT believes in continuing the relationship that has been formed with its students even after they graduate. The fact that many of its alumni occupy leading positions in industry is testimony to the high value of a qualification from UP, as well as the important contribution its alumni have made to the economic development of the country. 

Since the first programmes in engineering were presented in 1956, the Faculty has continued to celebrate the legacy that was established when the first intake of 64 engineering students laid thefoundation for the world-class Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology that is in existence today. Since then, thousands of alumni have continued to build on this firm foundation, giving back to their alma mater by reinforcing its reputation of excellence.

" The delicate balance of mentoring someone is not creating them

in your own image, but giving them an opportunity to reate themselves." 

-Steven Spielberg

Many of the departments in the Faculty recognise the value of their alumni by establishing alumni societies to enable their former students to maintain contact with the University. Alumni support the Faculty by raising sponsorships and ensuring that high skills and educational standards are maintained.They make their services available as external examiners, and are available for industry discussions and to offer guidance. They are also willing to mentor and support students by means of bursaries and internship opportunities so that newly qualified graduates can make a difference when they enterindustry. The Faculty also benefits from the expertise of its alumni by inviting them to serve on its Faculty Advisory Board, as well as its various departmental advisory boards. In this way, it has succeeded in establishing a strong partnership with the industries it supports.











UP graduate Dr. Pulane Malokwane

appointed to Eskom Interim Board

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