Mangaung Metro Executive Mayor, Olly Mamleli, welcomed delegates to the 2016 International Conference for African Engineering Education Association (AEEA) that is taking place at the Oliewenhuis Museum in Bloemfontein.
Mlamleli said engineers are the answer in addressing the crippling water shortage – South Africa’s most urgent and serious challenge. The conference was held in Bloemfontein for the first time and the theme this year is “Challenges of Engineering Education in the 21st Century: Creating Sustainable Solutions”.
One of the challenges that is expected to top the agenda of the conference is the promotion of women in engineering. Central University of Technology’s acting vice chancellor and deputy president of the African Education Engineering Association, Henk de Jager, says hosting the conference is an honour.
“I am the Vice President for the AEEA, so I attended and submitted a conference paper at the 2013 conference in Lagos, Nigeria. And at that conference, you normally bid for the next conference. South Africa put in that bid and the committee accepted our bid. That is why we are hosting it currently.”
AEEA is an international association that partners with engineering students at universities in South Africa and fosters ties between them and other universities and engineering societies in Africa and abroad.
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