French South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI)

Background

The Paris Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the French Government, the NRF and the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) founded the French-South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI) in the late 1990s. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) officially joined the programme in February 2008. The F'SATI aims to advance research in electrical engineering and information and communication technology.
Under this programme, postgraduate students can achieve dual MTech/Msc and DTech/PhD qualifications in partnership with the Ecole Supérieure d’Ingénieurs en Electronique et Electrotechnique (ESIEE) in France. Students from both countries are also involved in exchange programmes. An important feature of the programme is the linkages it establishes between academia, government and industry, both locally and internationally. Some of the organisations and institutions involved include NRF facilities.

 

Objectives

  • To address the national shortage in Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) graduates, and involve other higher education institutions and research facilities, each contributing to a specific niche area relating to its fields of expertise,
  • To allow flexibility in addressing specific human capital development needs whilst leveraging a broader resource base.
 

F'SATI-Space Programme at CPUT

In 2007, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) identified five critical areas for South Africa, called Grand Challenges. Space Science and Technology is one of these, deemed to have the potential to develop a knowledge-based local economy.
In line with the Grand Challenges, the government recently approved the Space Policy, paving the way for the establishment of the South African National Space Agency. This created a burning need for a programme to develop the human capital required for a successful and sustainable local space industry. F’SATI at CPUT stepped into the breach with a Satellite Systems Engineering programme under the F’SATI banner.
The CPUT programme covers the broad fields of satellite communications and power systems. Although focused on space applications, the programme integrates engineering skills and technologies used in many other disciplines.
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Human Capacity Programme