Relaxed, irreverent, interactive, engaging. That’s how physics lecturer Gregor Leigh describes his teaching style. Leigh is one of four new recipients of the Distinguished Teacher Award (DTA), a highly prized accolade at the University of Cape Town (UCT). The former high-school maths and science teacher and technikon lecturer shared his thoughts with Helen Swingler.
Cape Town’s “Day Zero” experience – the prospect of dam levels dropping dangerously low, taps running dry and water rations being distributed from public collection points – speaks powerfully to the urgency and complexity of climate change adaptation.
The recent arrival of the South African city’s winter rains mean that dam levels have begun rising again and it’s dodged the introduction of wholesale water rationing. For now.
The National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) in partnership with South32 annually honours excellence in science, engineering, technology and innovation in South Africa. This year, the 20th year of the awards, UCT celebrates three researchers who have made it into the final round.
All EBE degrees are internationally accredited, so your skills will be transferable anywhere in the world. Each department has teaching staff who are experts in their fields and are active researchers. UCT has a large number of engineering research-rated academics. The faculty has strong links with industry and government, which commission and fund significant research projects.Our commitment to teaching and research excellence is matched by our commitment to addressing social challenges through various research interests.
The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment has earned an outstanding reputation for its high quality postgraduate education. Our postgraduate and postdoctoral research programmes attract a large number of qualifying undergraduates from within the EBE Faculty, as well as an increasingly strong contingent of international students. The range of research specialisations and the breadth of knowledge within the Faculty, contribute to make it a truly unique learning environment.
As a former student, you are automatically part of a global network of over 100 000 members of the UCT alumni community. The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) also has its own alumni programme, which provides specific benefits and services to former engineering graduates. This includes opportunities to reconnect with your alma mater and to help further the goals of the university.
At the heart of our vision is the desire to foster strong analytical skills, practical ingenuity and creativity, good communication and high ethical standards and professionalism, as well as the ability to be lifelong learners. One of the core aspects of our vision as a faculty is to develop outstanding graduates and scholars, who contribute to society and address socioeconomic challenges through their work. I believe that our UCT graduate engineers and professionals of the built environment are ideally equipped to rise to the complex challenges and global problems of the 21st century. Professor Alison Lewis Dean: Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment