French day at Central University of Technology (CUT) – 8 March 2017 [fr]
French - South African scientific, technologic and academic cooperation was a central topic of discussion during the French day hosted at CUT on 8 March 2017. The aim of a French day is to inform the academic staff, researchers and students at the hosting university about the French-South African research and training centres based in South Africa as well as the funding opportunities available. It is also a wonderful opportunity for the hosting university to present their research centres and units to the French delegation to identify potential collaboration opportunities.
CUT presented their centre for applied food safety and biotechnology (CaFSaB), their unit for research on informatics on droughts in Africa (URIDA), their centre for rapid prototyping and manufacturing (CRPM) as well as their product development technology station (PDTS).
The French delegation was also honoured to visit the CRPM facilities where 3-dimentional printers are set-up to print 3D-nylon models of maxilla-facial implants used in local hospitals and 3D-polestyrne models for casting of metal components to name just two examples.
French research institutes permanently based in South Africa (CNRS, IRD and CIRAD) were accordingly presented to CUT. The collaboration possibilities with the French - South African technology institute (F’SATI), African agricultural institute (F’SAGRI) and Schneider-Electric Education Centre (F’SASEC) was also described. The day came to a beautiful close with a collaborative game of “la pétanque” on the grass in front of CUT Hotel School. France and CUT do not only work well together, they can also play well together!
CUT presented Campus France South Africa, IESEG School of Management and Polythechnique engineering school presented French tertiary study opportunities, with English as medium of instruction, to South African scholars and students. The event was hosted by both the Alliance Française of Pretoria (2 March 2017) and the Alliance Française of Cape Town (6 March 2017).
A follow-up session dedicated to the CUT students was held the next day, 9 March, where Campus France informed students about the French higher education system and the scholarship opportunities provided by the French Embassy of South Africa. An interactive question and answer quiz session also helped prospective Campus France students to learn how to identify courses provided at French universities and institutions and the key points to consider when they prepare an application for Masters and PhD studies in France.