The event was led by Associate Dean; Postgraduate Studies, Research and Innovation, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Prof Josiah Munda, who spoke about the importance of forming lasting partnerships with industry and the need for more ‘greening’ of campuses.
The project forms part of a partnership between the University and the Institute for Information Industry (III) which is a Taiwan based non-profit organisation that facilitates and develops the country’s ICT industry. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan handed over $80000 USD as a donation to support the project which was received by Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor: Postgraduate Studies, Research and Innovation, Dr Edgar Nesamvuni.
“This project has more benefits than just energy saving. We value the fact that it will also assist with Work Integrated Learning (WIL), so our students will benefit from this partnership,” said Dr Nesamvuni.
The cooperation project has seen the University benefit in solar panels, LED indoor lighting, and LED street lights and associated equipment, to help curb heavy energy consumption.
The project that has been running since 2012 is now in its fifth phase and it is led by the Centre for Energy and Electric Power (CEEP), which is one of the most active Centres, Institutes, Technology Stations and Incubators (CITSIs) in the University, and acts as the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment’s outreach to the community at large on matters relating to energy and environment.
Taiwan Ambassador to South Africa, John Chen, said “We are happy to have partnerships such as these because our technology is being used to empower and uplift this and other communities locally.”
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