As the longevity of our planet hangs in the balance, a shift toward more sustainable practices within global economies has become imperative. As a result, the concept of the ‘circular economy’ has gained traction and become an important topic for discussion. A recent collaborative study by researchers at the University of Cape Town (UCT) and the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) in Austria maps the level of circularity in South Africa’s economy, and sheds some light on the prospects for a sustainable future.
The Water Institute of South Africa (WISA) has awarded a prestigious Senior Fellow Membership to Dr Kirsty Carden, interim director of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Future Water Institute (FWI). Dr Carden is an applied scientist in civil engineering, and the fellowship honours her 34-year-long career and many contributions to the country’s water sector.
The Department of Construction Economics and Management at the University of Cape Town (UCT) has received the International Real Estate Society's (IRES) 2021 Corporate Leadership Award. The award recognises outstanding leadership at international level in support of real estate research and education. It also acknowledges the department’s support of the African Real Estate Society (AfRES).
The University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Associate Professor Dyllon Randall has won the South African Institution of Chemical Engineers (SAIChE) 2021 Innovation Award for a project on the development of a fertiliser-producing urinal and urine bio-brick process.
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
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