Message from the Dean

 

If you want to make a constructive difference to the world, then the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) at the University of Pretoria (UP) must be your choice to study further. If one looks at the top 100 occupations in high demand in South Africa, seven out of the top ten are based on study programmes presented by this faculty. So this is the place to be!

The Faculty is a highly sought-after source of graduates in engineering, the built environment and information technology. Extensive and cutting-edge teaching, learning and laboratory facilities are integrated into the excellent campus-wide suite of facilities and services offered by the University. Access to its study programmes is expanded through extended supporting study programmes. The Faculty expects total commitment from its students with regard to individual and group work to shape them as future leaders. You are invited to consider enrolling in one of the study programmes in this Faculty if you share our vision of excellence and want to position yourself as a leader in the professions supported in the Faculty.

The Faculty is organised into four schools: the School of Engineering, the School for the Built Environment, the School of Information Technology and the Graduate School of Technology Management.

The Faculty’s School of Engineering continues to maintain its position in the top 1% in the world for research citations, as determined by the Web of Science Clarivate Analytics Essential Science Indicators. In addition, it has been rated as the 2020 top School of Engineering in South Africa and Africa according to the Best Global Universities for Engineering Ranking of the US News and World Report. This is the outcome of ensuring that our academic programmes and research are of a high quality, as required for professional and international accreditation, and ensuring the continuous improvement of our facilities to the benefit of our students and research partners. According to the latest QS rankings of universities worldwide, the University of Pretoria is one of only two universities in South Africa, and one of only five universities in Africa, to be ranked in the top 400 universities globally for engineering and technology.

The School for the Built Environment is the largest of its kind in the country. Undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are offered in the department of architecture, construction management and town and regional planning. The School offers an entire spectrum of programmes with studio-based education in the architectural degrees, and close ties and alignment with the building industry. 

The School of Information Technology is unique and one of the forerunners in South Africa, where students have the advantage of an integrated approach to information technology (IT), with study programmes and modern laboratories in computer science, informatics and information science.

EBIT researchers are rising to the challenge of ensuring that they can make a significant contribution to society at large by focusing their research on topics that are aligned to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations. According to a recent audit to determine the extent to which research in the Faculty is making an impact, it was found that the Faculty’s research has succeeded in addressing the 17 SDGs.

Through various advisory boards, the Faculty has established a strong partnership with the industries it supports. This enables the University of Pretoria to be internationally competitive, while also remaining locally relevant. Where applicable and available, its study programmes are accredited by statutory and professional bodies at national and international level. The Faculty strives to accommodate students that meet its admission criteria, and we recommend that learners excel in their studies and apply early, as places are limited. If you have limited financial means, but are an achiever, you can still apply. The University has various financial schemes to assist deserving students with bursaries and loans.

Thank you for considering our degree offerings. We look forward to your application to join one of our study programmes and trust that you will have an enriching and rewarding experience that will build a lifelong affiliation with the Faculty.

 

Prof Sunil Maharaj

Dean: Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

- Author Emly Mathe
Published by Dudu Mathe

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