Teaching at the Faculty of Engineering
The Faculty of Engineering is characterised by high quality teaching. Teaching and learning programmes are continually updated to create the opportunity for effective learning and study. The University of Stellenbosch has committed itself to an outward-looking role in South Africa, Africa and globally as an academic institution of excellence and a valued knowledge partner. The goal is to build the scientific, technological and intellectual capacity of Africa and to play an active role in the development of the South African community. The University commits itself to a campus culture that welcomes a diversity of people and ideas.
A large number of top matriculants annually enrol in the faculty, which has always been proud of the achievements of its graduates. As an example, for the past three years a Matie has won the Eskom prize for best BEng final year student. This clearly reflects the commitment of students and staff and demonstrates that the faculty can indeed lay claim to excellence in teaching and learning.
All the BEng programmes offered by the faculty are accredited by ECSA (Engineering Council of South Africa) for registration of graduates as professional engineers after the initial engineer-in-training period. ECSA is a signatory to the Washington Accord. According to the conditions of the Accord, through the Engineering Council of South Africa, the BEng is also recognized in those countries signatory to the Accord, e.g. Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
In addition, Stellenbosch University's engineering degrees generally provide direct admission to the next level of postgraduate study programmes in engineering at international universities.
The following programmes are presented in the faculty:
4-year BEng degree (leading to the possibility of registration as a professional engineer):
- Chemical Engineering (including Mineral Processing)
- Civil Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Industrial Engineering
- Mechanical Engineering
- Mechatronic Engineering
In the first year all students take the same modules. Students may change from one engineering programme to another at the end of their first year if their performance is satisfactory.