Status of Postgraduate Research Training in Engineering in South Africa

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) (2018)

Cite: Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), (2018). Status of Postgraduate Research Training in Engineering in South Africa [Available online] DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/assaf.2018/0032.

Consensus Study Report

The aim of this study is to document and assess the status of postgraduate research training in engineering in South Africa with respect to possible systemic challenges or shortcomings. The study was undertaken for the Department of Science and Technology (DST) by an eight-member panel appointed by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Council. The report commences with a situational analysis that highlights South Africa’s young and growing population, an industrial sector producing mainly low to medium-technology products, a respected tertiary education system and a government that is supporting science and technology. It further stresses the need for economic growth and international competitiveness to address the problems of poverty and unemployment, concluding that postgraduate training in engineering and active participation in research and development could play a key role in positioning South Africa as an attractive destination for participation in the global manufacturing enterprise. The need for South Africa to transition to high-technology manufacturing is emphasised.