University of Pretoria Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology

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University of Pretoria
Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology
Former names
Transvaal University College (1908–1930)[1]
Established 1908
Type Public
Dean Roelf Sandenbergh
Location South AfricaPretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
Campus Hatfield
Colours

Blue, Gold and Red               

                 
Nickname Tuks or Tukkies[2]
Mascot Oom Gert[3]
Affiliations University of Pretoria
Website Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information

The University of Pretoria Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology (commonly referred to as EBIT) educational programs stretch back to 1908 and consists of the School of Engineering, School for the Built Environment, School of Information Technology and the Graduate School of Technology Management.[4] The university is the only African collaborater in the CDIO engineering initiative:[5] Since 1997, the university as a whole has produced more research outputs every year than any other institution of higher learning in South Africa, as measured by the Department of Education's accreditation benchmark.[6]

History[edit]

The proposal for a university for the capital, first mooted in the Volksraad in 1889, was interrupted by the outbreak of the Anglo Boer War in 1899. In 1902 after the signing of the Peace of Vereeniging, the Normal College for teacher training was established in Groenkloof, Pretoria and in 1904 the Transvaal Technical Institute, with emphasis on mining education, opened in Johannesburg. In 1906 the Transvaal Technical Institute changed its name to the Transvaal University College.[7] On 4 March 1908 when the Transvaal University College (TUC) transferred its arts and science courses to its newly established Pretoria Campus the precursor to the university was established, initially offering courses in languages, sciences, and law.[8][9] The Department of Architecture was officially established 1943.[10]

Academics[edit]

The School of Engineering offers the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in chemical engineering, civil and biosystems engineering, electrical, electronic and computer engineering, industrial and systems engineering, materials science and metallurgical engineering, mechanical and aeronautical engineering, mining engineering and the postgraduate only engineering and technology management programmes.[11][12]

The School for the Built Environment offers the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in architecture, landscape architecture, interior Architecture, quantity surveying, construction management, and town and regional Planning.[11]

The School of Information Technology offers the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in the fields of computer science, informatics and information science.[11]

The Graduate School of Technology Management offers the postgraduate programmes in the fields of technology, management, project management, engineering management, life cycle managementand asset management.[13][14]

Accreditation and affiliations[edit]

Engineering programmes are accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA)[11] and recognised internationally through the Washington Accord in Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Hong Kong, China, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.[15]

The CDIO Initiative (CDIO is an initialism for Conceive — Design — Implement — Operate) is an innovative educational framework for producing the next generation of engineers. The framework provides students with an education stressing engineering fundamentals set in the context of Conceiving — Designing — Implementing — Operating real-world systems and products. Throughout the world, CDIO Initiative collaborators have adopted CDIO as the framework of their curricular planning and outcome-based assessment.

CDIO was formally founded by Massachusetts Institute of Technology[16] in the late 1990s. In 2000 it became an international collaboration, with universities around the world adopting the same framework.[17] The collaborators maintain a dialogue about what works and what doesn't and continue to refine the project. Determining additional members of the collaboration is a selective process managed a Council comprising original members and early adopters.[18]

Student activities and community engagement[edit]

  • The university organises the annual SAE International sanctioned student automotive engineering Baja SAE competition in South Africa sponsored by Sasol.[19] All undergraduate student participate in a compulsory community based project module as part of the university's wider community engagement strategy. The module was a finalist for the 2010 MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.[20]
  • House EBIT provides a platform for social engagement, community outreach and student engagement with the faculty.

Reputation and ranking[edit]

League table rankings

The QS World University Rankings ranks the faculty as follows:[21]

Year Engineering & IT
2010 351-400
2009 291
2008
2007 368

Recent awards won by architecture students include:

Year Award
2011 Africa and Middle East Region's Holcim Next Generation Award for post-graduate students[22]
2010 Hunter Douglas Award at the Archiprix International[23]
2010 Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations award[23]
2010 Murray & Roberts Des Baker competition[23]
2010 DesignHub Respond-Renew-Revitalise Competition[23]
2010 DesignHub Respond-Renew-Revitalise Competition - best Architecture department[23]

Alumni[edit]

Well known alumni include:[24] Marius Kloppers is the international CEO of BHP Billiton, the world's largest mining company and named by CNN Money as the world's 18th most powerful person in business.[25][26] Calie Pistorius is a South African academic who is currently the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Hull, United Kingdom.[27]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=2History of the University of Pretoria http:. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  2. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=2&subid=2&ipklookid=2 History of the University of Pretoria. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  3. ^ Oom Gert. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
  4. ^ http://www.sastudy.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=773:about-the-university-of-pretoria-faculty-of-engineering-built-environment-and-information-technology&catid=924:faculty-of-engineering-and-the-built-environment&Itemid=221 University of Pretoria Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & IT Retrieved 22 December 2012
  5. ^ http://www.cdio.org/cdio-collaborators CDIO Collaborators Retrieved March 29, 2010
  6. ^ UP in a Nutshell 2008
  7. ^ University of Pretoria Historical Overview Retrieved April 24, 2010
  8. ^ Universiteit Van Pretoria Retrieved April 24, 2010
  9. ^ Special Edition in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the Geology Department at the University of Pretoria. Retrieved 29 September 2009.
  10. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=3241&subid=3241&ipklookid=7 Department of Architecture Retrieved October 6, 2011
  11. ^ a b c d http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=972&subid=972&ipklookid=7 Academic Programmes Retrieved 22 December 2012
  12. ^ http://www.aeroafrica-eu.org/sa_aero_rd/up.php University of Pretoria (UP) 22 December 2012
  13. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=3200&subid=3200&ipklookid=7 Academic Programmes Retrieved 22 December 2012
  14. ^ http://www.arecsa.co.za/Management-training-in-SA/Technology-Management/University-of-Pretoria-Graduate-School-of-Technology-Management-Courses-580.aspx University Of Pretoria Graduate School Of Technology Management Retrieved 22 December 2012
  15. ^ http://www.ieagreements.org/Washington-Accord/signatories.cfm Washington Accord Retrieved 22 December 2011
  16. ^ http://www.engsc.ac.uk/er/cdio/index.asp CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
  17. ^ http://www.cdio.org/implementing-cdio-your-institution/collaboration CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
  18. ^ http://www.cdio.org/participate/join-cdio-0 Join CDIO Retrieved March 29, 2010
  19. ^ http://www.tuksbaja.co.za Tuks Baja. Retrieved 17 October 2009.
  20. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=990&sub=0&parentid=44&subid=972&ipklookid=7&language=0 COMMUNITY-BASED PROJECT MODULE Retrieved December 2011
  21. ^ "University Rankings". Top Universities. QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Retrieved 26 February 2010. 
  22. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=6674&articleID=8348 ica and Middle East Region's Holcim Next Generation Award for post-graduate students Retrieved 22 December 2011
  23. ^ a b c d e http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=6674&articleID=7614 Hunter Douglas Award at the Archiprix International 22 December 2011
  24. ^ http://web.up.ac.za/default.asp?ipkCategoryID=2969 Alumni Retrieved 28 November 2011
  25. ^ Crikey - Another foreigner climbs to the top of the heap at BHP-Billiton - Another foreigner climbs to the top of the heap at BHP-Billiton
  26. ^ http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/fortune/0711/gallery.power_25.fortune/18.html 25 most powerful people in business Retrieved 28 November 2011
  27. ^ http://www2.hull.ac.uk/theuniversity/management.../vice_chancellor.aspx Calie Pistorius Retrieved 22 December 2011