School of Engineering Targets Young TalentGeneral

High school learners get a taste of what it’s like to study Engineering at UKZN.High school learners get a taste of what it’s like to study Engineering at UKZN.

In striving for greatness, UKZN’s School of Engineering aims to actively raise awareness about career prospects in the field for young people. 

With this aim in mind, the School invited interested Grade 11 and Grade 12 learners from high schools in Durban and surrounding areas to its annual Engineering Winter School. 

The first three days of the expo were packed with talks about different types of engineering given by staff members and speakers invited from the corporate world of engineering. 

Mr James Collins of consulting company, Aurecon, spoke about some of the projects engineers at his company were working on as well as on the future for budding engineers. 

Mr Benji Naidoo of the eThekwini Municipality and colleague, Mr Binay Maharaj of eThekwini Water and Sanitation, updated learners about future plans within local government. 

UKZN staff members who took part in the talks and experiments included Dr Khalid Osman of Chemical Engineering and Dr Jared Padayachee of Mechanical Engineering. Ms Denise O’Reilly and Ms Cathy Bond enlightened the learners on how to apply to study at the School of Engineering as well as providing information on funding programmes. 

The highlight of the week was undoubtedly a tour to Moses Mabhida Stadium where learners experienced the renowned stadium sky car before going on to learn about how sugar is processed and packaged at the SA Sugar Association’s vast processing plant in Durban. 

With a final braai and a session of outdoor games, learners declared their short time with UKZN Engineering a great success. 

The five student learners who assisted did well in communicating and making the learners feel comfortable. 

‘We appreciate and thank all staff members who took part in the talks and experiments, and the excellent student helpers who ensured everything went smoothly,’ said Public Relations Officer, Ms Prashina Budree. 

‘Many thanks to all the parents and the learners who spent their week at UKZN.  We hope to see you as one of our first year students next year,’ added Budree.

Basetsana Mogashoa