1. Engineering Skills Summit

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  • In 2011 ECSA conducted research into the barriers preventing engineering students from passing on the 4 year BSc Engineering progam.

  • What motivated the research?







School system

    • School system
    • Student selection
    • Engineering Curriculum
    • Teaching and learning
    • Student support
    • Staffing
    • Funding


Research findings presented to the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) (Dec 2011)

  • Research findings presented to the Department of Higher Education & Training (DHET) (Dec 2011)

  • Two further areas to be addressed were identified



ECSA worked with the following partners:

  • ECSA worked with the following partners:

  • Department of Higher Education & Training,

  • merSETA,

  • SASEE



    • National debate on barriers to student success
    • Share ECSA’s 2011 research report:
    • “ Throughput study in the Engineering Bachelors Degree”
    • Develop Recommendations & Resolutions to present to the Minister of Higher Education
    • Impact Policy & Practice i.r.o. Engineering Education


A total of 230 delegates attended the Summit on the 16 October in Kempton Park

  • A total of 230 delegates attended the Summit on the 16 October in Kempton Park

  • Conference Delegates included a wide range of stakeholders:

    • Higher Education Institutions,
    • Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges,
    • industry and commerce,
    • Government department at all three tiers .






Detailed report containing recommendations form each of the eight discussion groups

  • Detailed report containing recommendations form each of the eight discussion groups

  • The final Summit Report containing recommendations was presented to the Minister of HE & T in January 2013

  • Recommendations aim to influence policy and practice of Engineering education which in turn will lead to increased engineering graduate output



15 recommendations were made and 4 strategic interventions emanated from the recommendations as follows:

  • 15 recommendations were made and 4 strategic interventions emanated from the recommendations as follows:

  • A national talent Pipeline and student support initiative

  • Flexible curriculum for first degrees and Diplomas in Engineering

  • Improving Teaching and Learning

  • Funding of Engineering Programmes



A joint Engineering Education working Group was constituted by DHE&T in April 2013 between:

  • A joint Engineering Education working Group was constituted by DHE&T in April 2013 between:

    • ECSA
    • DHET
      • Vocational and Continuing Education & Training
      • Skills branches
    • Universities


  • Operationalise recommendations from the Summit

  • Investigate Programme Accreditation at FETs

  • Approval of Candidacy phase learning Programme regulations for Professional Recognition.

  • FET lecturer capacity in Engineering studies



Though leadership forum was hosted on the 12 April 2013 flowing from ECSA strategic objective 3:

  • Though leadership forum was hosted on the 12 April 2013 flowing from ECSA strategic objective 3:

    • Advance ECSA’s relevance in SA society through promotion of its role, Mobilisation and have influence on matters pertaining to the Engineering Profession
  • Eight (8) Engineering discipline groupings participated at the Forum:

    • Agriculture, Chemical, Electrical, Civil, Industrial, Mechanical, Metallurgical and Mining


Activities and role of the different Engineering disciplines in utilisation of natural resources (Soil and water) and the impact

    • Activities and role of the different Engineering disciplines in utilisation of natural resources (Soil and water) and the impact
    • Development of an integrated multi and inter-disciplinary Engineering practices in Agriculture for contextual understanding of food security, bio-resources, Rural Development, Conservation and optimal use of natural resources.


3. Exploration of design role in Nuclear Engineering in the South African context.

  • 3. Exploration of design role in Nuclear Engineering in the South African context.

  • 4. Development of systematic approaches in energy efficiency

  • 5. Appropriate energy mix for South Africa

  • 6. A national integrated smart- Grid strategy in electricity provision



7. Automated water leaks management system



Publish the Thought Leadership Report by 28 May 2013

  • Publish the Thought Leadership Report by 28 May 2013

  • Invite Working Group Members from VAs by 30 May 2013

  • Set up joint working groups per Engineering discipline by 10 June 2013

    • VA representatives
    • ECSA representatives


Each working group to develop an implementation plan

  • Each working group to develop an implementation plan

    • Prioritise the issues (S/T; M/T; L/T)
      • Advocacy agenda
      • Position papers
      • Messages and agree communication vehicles
    • Agree the research program
    • Identify spokespersons/champions
  • Working groups to submit the final implementation plans by 31 August 2013






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