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The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has announced that they will be phasing out its National Diploma in engineering programmes, replacing them with new three-year Bachelor of Engineering Technology degrees. The Civil, Electrical, Industrial and Mechanical Engineering diplomas will all be replaced with the new BEngTech programmes.

Happy graduate with engineering degree“Rapidly developing science and technologies in the last decade requires a good understanding of Engineering Science to empower students to cope with fast developing technologies and innovation as well as to also ensure effective life-long learning abilities. This requires deeper conceptual understanding and a wider exposure to Mathematics and Basic Sciences,” explains Built Environment and Information Technology (EBEIT) executive dean Dr Oswald Franks.

According to him, the new BEngTech degrees have been designed specifically to address these needs and will include significant practical projects. The degrees will be offered on a full time basis and are aligned to the new Higher Education Qualifications Sub-Framework (HEQSF) promulgated by the Minister of Higher Education in 2013.

The new degree programmes have been endorsed by the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA), approved by the Council for Higher Education (CHE) and registered by the South African Quality Authority (SAQA). Gollowing the finalisation of SAQA registration, the University will also offer a degree in Marine Engineering.

“These BEngTech degrees are broad-based engineering qualifications that will ensure portability across a wide range of industries and services on a regional, national and international basis. These degrees will resort under the Sydney International Accord for international recognition of accredited Engineering Technology programmes,” says Dr Franks.

“Graduates from these degrees will be able to gain status as professional Engineering Technologists or Technicians with ECSA, on successful completion of the candidacy phase requirements for industry work experience. For BEngTech graduates, a candidacy phase of four years applies for Professional Engineering Technologist and three years for Professional Engineering Technician.”

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