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South African Society for Engineering Education


The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies(IFEES) brings together engineering education societies, industry, students, government, funding agencies, and other Science and Technology stakeholders around the globe to network and develop unique and extraordinary initiatives to enhance engineering education.

The International Federation of Engineering Education Societies works to: establish and promote effective engineering education processes to assure a global supply of well-prepared engineering graduates; enhance the participation of diverse groups in the engineering education community; and promote the value of engineers and the engineering profession to science, engineering and technology communities and the general public around the world.

Members of the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies gain valuable opportunities for participation and development of international collaborative programs and projects that allows Societies to have significant influence in global engineering education, and to make positive contributions in promoting excellence in engineering education around the world.

The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act, 2000 (Act No. 46 of 2000). ECSA’s predecessor was established by the Engineering Profession of South Africa Act, 1990 (Act 114 of l990).

ECSA sees itself in partnership with the State and the engineering profession to promote a high level of education and training of practitioners in the engineering profession so as to facilitate full recognition of professionalism in the engineering profession, both locally and abroad. It enjoys full autonomy although it is accountable to the State, the profession and the public for the fair and transparent administration of its business in the pursuit of its goals.

However, in pursuing this goal, ECSA has an implied responsibility to ensure that the interests of the profession (the practitioners) are also promoted. The interest of the public and the country can only be served properly if a profession is healthy and strong. For this reason, ECSA promotes the well-being of the voluntary societies which are active in engineering. Since the societies are the instruments through which the interests of the practitioners are served, a good balance between “public interests” (ECSA) and “own interests” (Societies) should be maintained.

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IFEES NEWSLETTERS       January 2019