F’SATI receives the SFSA Science Diplomacy Award 2016
On Friday 9 December 2016, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, awarded the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI), the Science Forum South Africa 2016 Science Diplomacy Award, in the category for an international STI (Science, Technology and Innovation) partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to human capital development.
This award was received by Mr. Yves Blanchard, Scientific Director of F’SATI, from Minister Pandor during the Science Forum South Africa 2016 closing session on Friday 9 December 2016.
The Science Forum South Africa is a public science event organised by the Department of Science and Technology to promote conversations about science – in South Africa, Africa and globally.
F’SATI is a French South African postgraduate institute for teaching, research and development with two nodes - one at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria and one at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town, which offers Masters and Doctorates in the Universities of Technologies with a high added value.
The institute’s mandate is to contribute to the creation of knowledge and transfer of technology between South Africa and France as well as capacity-building and technical training of South Africans.
The initiative was launched in 1996 after a visit by late former President Nelson Mandela to France, under the responsibility of the Chamber of Commerce and industry of Paris (CCIP), with the objective of developing a training institute in electronics in South Africa.
The French South-African Institute of Technology is thus the result of a partnership between the Paris Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry, its Engineering School (ESIEE Paris), the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), theUniversity of Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), with strong links with the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin and the University of Montpellier.
Strongly supported by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAEDI), the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and theNational Research Foundation (NRF), the institute has become a leading Centre in scientific innovation.
The Institute has, since its inception, continuously participated in human capacity development through great collaboration between South African and French institutions.
F’SATI’s node at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (opened in 2008) boasts South Africa’s first nano-satellite programme - which developed Africa’s first nano-satellite (ZACUBE-1), and is currently developing what will be the most advanced South African CubeSat to date (ZACUBE-2).
Scientific Director of French South African Institute of Technology Mr. Yves Blanchard:
"F’SATI’s purpose is to train through research and innovation young South African scientists and this recognition of its achievement is a great honour for all of us and for our students."
In 2015, when South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor asked for a similar institute focused on agriculture, the Embassy and its partners set up the French South African Institute of Agriculture (F’SAGRI) at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape.
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