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CUT ENGINEERS AND GERMAN UNIVERSITY STRENGTHEN TIES

Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology at Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) held an interactive lecture with ULM University in Germany – something never seen in the history of this partnership. The purpose of the lecture was to take a step further into the world of technology, establish academic information exchange programme and encourage closer co-operation between the two universities.

The final year diploma students from both universities made 15-minute presentations to demonstrate the potential of the information technology as a powerful tool for teaching and learning. The topic choice was made earlier in the year by Mr Baby Kuriakose, student organiser from CUT and Prof. Walter Commerel from ULM university.

 CUT students presented the use of MATLAB™, a high-level language and interactive environment used by millions of students, engineers and scientists worldwide, to demonstrate how an industry related problem can be theoretically solved. Their counterparts in ULM University developed a laboratory model of the same problem and presented its analysis and design using Simulink™, a graphical tool of MATLAB™, which is used for modelling and simulating dynamic systems.

 Prof.  Commerel said that such engagements were a good starting point and should be kept alive. “I would like to see more of these engagements as they provoke curiosity from our students. As future engineers, they need to come up with alternative solutions to current problems.”

Both universities plan to engage and share topics on a semester basis to encourage students to exchange and share information. In that way, students will be able to come up with new ideas of approaching real life engineering problems, which can be further explored.

Prof. Herman Vermaak further said that the two universities have built a strong and solid relationship over the years. “Both sets of students made excellent presentations and were motivated from the beginning and have worked really hard. The exercise has motivated and enhanced their confidence beyond measures.”

CUT engineers and German university strengthen ties

From left: Prof. Herman Vermaak, Head of the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering; Ms S V Maswanganyi, Mr TC Chauque and Mr LL Ramakhala. Right of screen: Mr N Jardine, S Memani and RB Kuriakose, student organiser; on screen is ULM University team under the leadership of Prof Commerel.

 CUT’s team leaders;

CUT’s team leaders; Mr Baby Kuriakose, Prof. Vermaak, and Dr Ben Kotze, Lecturer in the department.

More about CUT

CUT is a leader in many technology fields ranging from learning programmes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) a broad field in which CUT has about 45% of its enrolments, much higher than many other South African universities. Further, CUT’s research and innovation leadership in many areas, more especially in rapid prototyping and manufacturing is world class. The latter has been honoured by both the Medical Research Council (MRC) as part of its National Medical Device Platform and the National Research Foundation (NRF), with the latter having granted CUT a Chair in this area. Through its social and technological innovations CUT aims to contribute towards the social-economic development in the region as well as in the rest of South Africa and internationally.

For more information about CUT visit www.cut.ac.za



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