Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment & IT
Research Excellence at University of Pretoria

Research at the University of Pretoria (UP) is at the apex of the University’s long-term strategic plan, UP 2025, which is to be a leading research-intensive university in Africa. Equally important is the University’s international visibility and the impact of its research and innovation on socio-economic development in South Africa and in the region. UP therefore deliberately balances its focus on research and innovation and the partnerships fostered by creating an environment that is conducive to scholarly pursuits. A wide range of research and professional areas underscores the strength of UP in research and postgraduate education, and also the areas in which UP is positioned as a research leader in Africa and internationally.

UP has been home to some of Africa’s most significant leaders in research. Each year the increasing number of National Research Foundation-rated researchers is evidence of the University’s commitment to attracting and retaining researchers of the highest distinction, as well as young researchers with the potential for research excellence.

It is through the sustained individual and collective actions of our researchers that UP continues to strengthen its identity as a leading research-intensive university in Africa.

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Academic Programmes

Available Postgraduate Programmes

This Faculty is a leading source of locally relevant and internationally competitive programmes in Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. It attracts high-quality students and staff, and offers extended programmes to facilitate inclusiveness.

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Research Areas and Supervisors

UP’s new Future Africa campus will be the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world, and from a broad range of disciplines, will come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

The Future Africa campus will provide a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact.

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The Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology’s Research Strategy is based on the existing availability of world-class experts conducting research, not only within their particular disciplines, but who also engage in cross-cutting research and innovation over multiple academic departments, schools and faculties. The five synergistic research areas are Big Data Science, ICT and Technology Innovation Management; Smart Cities and Transportation; Energy; Environmental Engineering (Water); and Minerals and Materials Beneficiation.

UP aims to create an enabling environment in which our postgraduate students and their supervisors can function optimally. Our supervisors provide academic guidance and mentorship to students and are key role players in the administrative efficiency of postgraduate study.

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Research That Matters

EXPLOITING CROSS-CUTTING RESEARCH AND INNOVATION

Prof Sunil Maharaj
Dean: Faculty of Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology

If you want to make a constructive difference to the world, the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at UP must be the place to further your studies.

The Faculty has crafted a progressive research strategy to exploit the research of its world-class experts, who engage in multidisciplinary research and innovation. This strategy encourages research and innovation that is not restricted to finding solutions to challenges within particular disciplines only, but rather to developing initiatives that will have an impact locally, regionally and across the globe.

RESEARCH SYNERGY

Prof Jan Eloff
Deputy Dean: Research and Postgraduate Studies: Faculty of Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology

The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology at UP is a highly sought-after source of graduates in engineering, the built environment and information technology. Through various advisory boards, the Faculty has established a strong partnership with the industries it supports. This enables us to be internationally competitive, while also remaining locally relevant. Where applicable and available, our study programmes are accredited by statutory and professional bodies at national and international levels.

The Faculty’s research strategy has enabled the development of five core research focus areas. These, in turn, have enabled the deployment of several highly visible research and innovation projects. The research focus areas are Big Data Science, ICT and Technology Innovation Management; Smart Cities and Transportation; Energy; Environmental Engineering (Water); and Minerals and Materials Beneficiation.

Institutes, Centres and Units

In line with its mission of pursuing recognition and excellence in its core functions of research, teaching and learning, as well as integrating engagement with society and communities, UP consolidates many of its research, teaching and engagement activities in 100 institutes, centres and units in the faculties.

A significant number of South African Research Chairs (funded by the South African Research Chairs Initiative), as well as research chairs funded by industry, are housed in these institutes, centres and units. Research themes spanning expertise across departments or faculties are often also based in these institutes, centres and units.

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The Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology has a number of highly acclaimed institutes, centres and units aligned to the Faculty, focusing on computing, applied materials, micro-electronics, electromagnetism, industrial metals and minerals, new energy, radio and digital communication, technological innovation, telecommunication engineering, transportation, integrity management and innovation.

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Your Postgraduate Journey

The University of Pretoria welcomes you to its comprehensive and exciting postgraduate degree programmes. Your postgraduate journey starts from the point of registration to graduation, with guidance from an academic supervisor allocated to you. As soon as a supervisor has been appointed to oversee your research project, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), which stipulates responsibilities of the student and those of the supervisor, must be signed.

A plagiarism policy should also be signed together with the MOA. In order to support your efforts to graduate successfully and on time, there are critical milestones that should be achieved during the whole journey. Details of the milestones are given in an online system called the Graduate Research Management (GRM) system that has been developed to facilitate monitoring of progress of students in the postgraduate journey.

The GRM system will help you to monitor your progress in terms of achievement of all the pertinent milestones in your postgraduate journey. In addition, various structures of the university are there to provide you with a wide range of academic as well as administrative support. More information about the postgraduate journey and support programmes offered can be found in the postgraduate roadmap.

Funding Opportunities

As a postgraduate student or prospective student at UP, there are a number of research resources available to you to identify suitable research funding opportunities. Apart from the University, many companies and institutions offer scholarships and bursaries for postgraduate studies. The University manages a number of financial funds on behalf of institutions who provide such funding. Applications for financial assistance, bursaries or funding must be submitted concurrently while you apply for admittance to your postgraduate programme. Funding is subject to approval and availability.

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The University of Pretoria's (UP) Hatfield Campus is situated in Lynnwood Road, Hillcrest, in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The campus is one of the most picturesque in the country. It is spread over 24 hectares and also houses most of the University's residences. The lively Hatfield cosmopolitan shopping area is within walking distance of UP's residences.

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Future Africa

Future Africa

The University of Pretoria’s Future Africa campus is the place where Africa’s leading scientists and scholars from across the world and from a broad range of disciplines come together to leverage the benefits of transdisciplinary research to address the grand challenges that face Africa and the world.

Issues of critical relevance to Africa are tackled: from sustainable development and good governance, citizen participation and human rights, to advancing innovation for the bioresource economy.

In a world where ideas and technologies evolve rapidly and the challenges we face are multifaceted and transnational, Africa needs a new generation of original thinkers with international perspectives, yet with a scholarly vision and voice that is rooted in Africa.

The Future Africa campus provides a dynamic living, learning and research environment where a community of scholars and other societal role players will engage to advance excellence in scholarship, dialogue and impact. Here the continent’s brightest young geneticists, chemists, economists, lawyers, engineers, social scientists and other specialists are able to work side by side in an environment that facilitates world-class creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.

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