The School of Engineering has embarked on a growth strategy over the last decade in view of the shortage of engineering skills in South Africa. This resulted in a significant increase in engineering student numbers.
The Mining Industry Study Centre was inaugurated in 2013. The design utilizes an additional 3000 m2 of preciously unused space at street level beneath the Engineering 1 Building. It supports the on-campus study needs of the Engineering students in a computer laboratory and also provides facilities for individual and group work.
- 200 High Specification Computers for individual work running the latest engineering-related software for students to work.
- 60 individual Study Cubicles (for students with own devices). Power and Network access points at each cubicle.
- 30 CDIO Discussion rooms with seven seats each. Students may book these discussion rooms for 2 hours at a time. Each Discussion Room is equipped with a NUC High Specification Computer. Network access points available for student with own laptops. Each cubicle has its own LED screen to simplify group discussions and projects.
- 312 individual Study Cubicles. All cubicles are equipped with a power plug for laptops and other devices and also a LAN port for the ease of network access.
The Mining Industry Centre is fully equipped with Wi-Fi as well as LTE cell phone network coverage.