| Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape
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The Port Elizabeth (PE) Technikon’s
origins go back to 1882 when it was the PE Art
it has over 10 000 students and over 700 staff spread
across three campuses in Port Elizabeth and one in
George (Southern Cape).
The PE Technikon provides higher education and
training to meet the demanding and constantly evolving,
career-specific needs of the market place. Flexibility,
adaptability and creativity are part of its educational philosophy.
Faculties, qualifications and courses
A wide range of courses in eight faculties covering
some 50 careers are offered.
Faculties are: l Applied
and Design Built
and Governmental Studies Communication and Education
Studies Engineering and Management.
Qualifications offered are National
Diplomas and Bachelor, Masters and Doctoral Degrees
(B Tech, M Tech & D Tech).
Careers offered include: Agricultural Management Analytical Chemistry
Biomedical Technology Building Ceramic Design
Computer Systems Engineering Cost & Management
Accounting Education Electrical Engineering
Environmental Engineering Environmental Health
Fashion Design Financial Information Systems Fine Art Forestry Game Ranch Management Graphic Design Human Resources Management
Industrial Engineering Information Technology Internal Auditing Interior
Design Inventory and Stores Management
Journalism Logistics Management Marketing Mechanical Engineering
Nature Conservation Office Management and Technology Photography Polymer
Technology Production Management (part-time only) Public Relations Management
Public Management Radiography Sport Management Textile Design Tourism
Management Wood Technology.
The Faculty of Art and Design has remained a trendsetter
in the field of art and design. It offers programmes
in Fine Art, Photography, Graphic Design,
Ceramic Design, Stained Glass, Fashion and Textile Design technologies.
This Faculty continues to initiate research in the
visual arts and design disciplines,
including multi-media development and associated capacity building in media
technologies, viz. sonic arts, interactive programming, video compression,
animation, digital photography and video.
he Faculty realises the importance
of the cultural industries, especially design and craft. By developing
strategies for growth in the cultural industries
it is possible to enhance the socio-economic
circumstances for some 1.2 million South Africans who make a living from
activities. In addition, the nation as a whole will be able to develop
new industries, establish viable export markets
and create employment. New incentives
are presently under-way to transform the Ceramic Design programme to
include design, production, craft, entrepreneurship,
financial management and other
relevant skills. The Sculpture section has initiated a fully fledged
bronze-casting research unit, devoted to postgraduate
research in the areas of ceramic
shell investment technologies.
The Faculty embraces a wide range of working methodologies
to prepare students for careers in a chosen discipline.
Students who may not be adequately prepared for
higher education are assisted through the extended
academic curriculum and through the ongoing
development programme on the main campus of the Technikon. This curriculum
all prospective students who reach the second year level of study are
fully equipped both conceptually and technically for the higher education
The Faculty engenders a supportive teaching and learning environment,
one which allows the art or design student to become a self-motivated
to make full use of their creativity, to gain confidence and to become
The Faculties of Engineering and Built Environment
Studies realise that the key to their success is
the employability of their diplomates and
graduates. Nationally based high technology industries, consultancies
bodies are competitively recruiting learner technicians and technologists
Faculties. Ccollaboration with vibrant advisory boards ensures courses
regularly updated and monitored to fulfil the high demands of industries
and professions. There is an excellent laboratory infrastructure to
exposure and experimentation covering the latest technologies. Modern
multi-media instruction technologies are used to enhance presentation
quality and ICT
applications have been integrated into all programmes.
In the Faculty of Engineering, ownership is taken
for Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
and Materials, Industrial Engineering, Production
Management, Quality Assurance and Safety Management. Examples of
the needs of
local industry include: integrity testing of the welded joints on
the piles in the Mossgas Platform, endurance testing
on new and reconditioned
engines as well as numerous consultations in respect of material
failure where litigation was required.
The Faculty has developed expertise in the process
of residual stress analysis, where the method of
drilling holes into material is utilised.
The PE Technikon
is the only institution on the African continent to make use of
the technologically advanced, German equipment needed
for this process.
Recently, the engine-testing unit
has been expanded to allow testing of a number of
simultaneously. A test centre
for research on
cells (batteries) has also been established. Research is also
being done in the field of controllers for flexible
- The Department of Industrial
Engineering has integrated entrepreneurship into
are now empowered to construct
organization and/or product’ upon the completion of
their studies. The programme therefore offers in-depth understanding
of how to engineer, manage
and coordinate business resources in a meaningful and optimal
- The Department of Production
Management provides an opportunity
for employed individuals to further their studies on a part-time
qualification is complementary to an organization’s
quest to become increasingly competitive.
- The Department
of Electrical Engineering has developed expertise and infrastructure
for research in the
Energy – Extensive expertise and infrastructure
is available in the areas of renewable energy sources,
management and the effective utilisation
of electrical energy.
Manufacturing and Automation – An inter-faculty
activity area has been developed in conjunction with
of Mechanical Engineering and
the Faculty of Computer Studies. A wide variety of themes
including Digital Signal Processing, Robotics, Intelligent
Manufacturing and Residual Stress
Analysis are included in this activity area.
Communication – Up-to-date laboratory facilities
enable diplomats to be prepared for the rapidly changing
and expanding field of electronic communications
and provide research infrastructure for Masters and Doctoral
Research – Active research is taking place at Masters
and Doctoral level. A newly established Centre of Excellence
in Fibre Optics involving UPE, Aberdare
Cables, Telkom and Corning will further enhance research
opportunities Most of the research activities fall within
the scope of the abovementioned activities.
Action research into educational methodologies is also
undertaken to facilitate the improvement of knowledge
and technology transfer.
In the Faculty of the
Built Environment, the
research foci are on the development of sustainable
The staff members of the Departments of Architecture,
Building and Civil Engineering have joined forces on
in the area of low-income
housing. The Institute for Building Research and Support
renders much needed support to emerging contractors.
These Departments offer all their programmes up
to doctoral level and their graduates qualify for
These programmes include: w Architecture, with specialization
in the application of multi-media in Architecture w
in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management w
Civil Engineering, with specialization into Water Engineering,
and Urban Engineering
w Environmental Engineering is also offered.
The Technikon recently opened
a Multimedia Teaching & Learning
Centre. ICT laboratories are also utilised to enhance
learning and research as well
as to integrate relevant application packages in the
various subject fields.
The faculties also have a number of inter-institutional
co-operation agreements locally, nationally and internationally.
percentage of staff at
PE Technikon are registered with their professional
councils, such as the SA
Council for Architects, the SA Council for Quantity
Surveyors and the Engineering Council
of South Africa (ECSA) and they enjoy professional
membership with various learned societies. Furthermore,
an active role
in these and other policy-making and decision-making
Meeting the needs of the community
Programmes are constantly revised in order to remain
relevant and to ensure that quality is in no way compromised.
sensitive to the needs of the community. Programmes
are therefore offered for enrichment
purposes and continuous professional development across
a range of disciplines. These initiatives are not geographically
to the Port Elizabeth
To address some of the problems
faced by all academic institutions in higher education,
are offered such
as academic development
programmes and extended programmes. The Department
of Electrical Engineering has ‘adopted’ a
local township senior school and has donated equipment
and human resource capacity to upgrade and support
The Departments of Architecture, Building and Civil
Engineering have been involved in a number of projects
that aim to
uplift previously disadvantaged communities.
Master of Business Administration (MBA)
The MBA Unit of the PE Technikon was started eight
years ago and has become the first choice provider
of an MBA
The programme enjoys the support of business and industry
witnessed by its Advisory Committee, which comprises
prominent business leaders
from the Nelson Mandela Metropole.
The success of the programme
can be attributed to the fact that most candidates
prefer to attend
and to interact
colleagues and with lecturer-facilitators.
In this way, PE Technkion’s MBA programme adds
maximum value. Candidates (our finest ambassadors)
to the fact that the MBA programme-presentation
has indisputable practical value, making it unique
amongst MBA programmes.
Currently, some 250 candidates are enrolled in
the various stages of the programme. This makes it
kind in the
Cape and a very
important contributor of MBA graduates nationally.
International involvement and recognition
is of great
importance to the programme and every effort is being
made to enhance and grow these aspects. The PE Technikon
in a board
of international and
local MBA-programme specialists that meets annually.
The responsibility of the board is to monitor and recommend
improvements to examination
course content, presentation format and the research
by MBA candidates. The board has made a significant
of syndicate groups. The successful contributions that
PE Technikon has made
to the deliberations of this board confirm the quality
of its programme and the MBA programme’s international
Future plans include increasing numbers
of international candidates and cementing overseas
recognition by participating
in a relevant
MBA evaluation programme. PE Technikon aims to further
broaden its exposure in other countries and, by so
doing, its international
The Technikon’s MBA is truly a product of which
the Eastern Cape can be justifiably proud. It is making
to management training in the
region and in South Africa and, increasingly, further