SASEE brings together people in South Africa and beyond who have an interest in engineering education which include engineering academics and educators at higher and further education institutions, academics from other disciplines who teach engineering students, engineering professional support staff, engineering librarians, professional engineers, certified engineers, engineering technologists, engineering technicians and industry. South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE) is an autonomous Society governed by the Board and its members .
The gear of the SASEE logo symbolizes the technical aspect of engineering, as well as the mission of SASEE to connect the engineering community in South Africa with industry, higher education institutes and educators. The repeated colours of the gear in the logo are those of the South African flag, indicating our commitment to serving these communities within “the rainbow nation” and integrating our work with our national goals. Engineers are people who build the foundation of our society and get things moving. Our logo reflects the role that engineers and engineering educators play in South Africa.
Engineering education is the activity of teaching and learning engineering and technology, at school, college and university levels. The goal of engineering education is to prepare people to practice engineering as a profession, to spread technological literacy, and to increase student interest in technical careers through science and math education and hands-on learning. The mission is accomplished by:
- exercising leadership in the field of engineering education in South Africa and beyond;
- promoting excellence in teaching and learning, research, engagement at universities and practice in the world of work;
- fostering the public understanding of technology in South Africa, and
- providing regular forums for discussion for sharing, networking and disseminating engineering education information.
- Advance engineering education in theory and in practice, and to promote research in the field of engineering education;
- Encourage local, national and international collaboration through hosting forums in the field of engineering education;
- promote strategies to improve success rate of engineering students;
- promote the development of engineering curricula in South Africa by aligning them with national needs and international trends;
- promote the development and use of new teaching methodologies and measurement of teaching effectiveness;
- promote cooperation with the Engineering Council of South Africa and professional engineering related societies in South Africa,
- promote the development of a database on all aspects of engineering education within South Africa, and
- promote the understanding of technology in society as the application of knowledge, design, and production in the development and use of objects, systems, and processes to satisfy societal needs.
2023-2025 SASEE BOARD
Following the Biennial General Meeting (BGM) of the South African Society for Engineering Education (SASEE) on Wednesday, 12th July 2023, during the joint SASEE conference in Gauteng, we welcome the election of the new board members.
Dr Keith Jacobs (Independent)
Prof Karin Wolff (SU)
Prof Manimagalay (Maggie) Chetty (CPUT)
Mr Eudes Tshitshonu (VUT)
Prof Bruce Kloot (UCT)
Dr Lelanie Smith (UP)
Dr Whisper Maisiri (NWU)
Prof Teresa Hattingh (UJ)
SASEE Special Advisors
Prof Jenni Case (VT, USA)
Prof Brandon Collier-Reed (UCT)
Prof Deborah Blaine (SU)
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.
For further information on IFEES go to: www.ifees.net
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.
For further information on ECSA go to: www.ecsa.co.za