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In keeping with the University’s quest for global excellence and stature, the school of Electrical Engineering, just like the faculty it falls under, is innovative in its approach to teaching, learning, collaborative research, community engagement, international partnerships and remains at the cutting edge of technology. Its unique proposition is that it is a platform for connecting students, academia and communities through engineering research and innovation with the help of partner brands – ultimately
empowering society and the world through knowledge and upliftment.

The school is actively engaged in outreach initiatives and the shaping of graduates who possess the ability to solve complex engineering problems. It also features robust research and innovation development in its hi-tech laboratories. Focus areas include telecommunications, control and instrumentation, electrical energy and information engineering.

The department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science – located at UJ’s Auckland Park campus is concerned with qualifications pertaining to the use of electricity to transmit energy or information; while the department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Technology – located at the Doornfontein campus, specialises in electrical engineering technology programmes

Devoid of basic services such as electricity, running water and roads, Gwakwani had little to no access, infrastructure, development and public services. The remote village was a technologically uncultivated and digitally inhospitable land, inhabited by 70 – 100 people. In March 2013, UJ’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Science, partnered with key role players in the South African industry on a project to create a sustainable digital village by giving the villagers access to basic services and stimulating socio-economic development activities through sustainable interventions which include the following:

Had to contribute money each month to buy diesel for the pump and survived on a little over 5 litres of water per household each day. The solar powered pump delivers between 3000 to 5000 litres a day – supplying the village with clean, unlimited and uninterrupted water at various points with taps and solar geysers across the village. Learn more here