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MILE facilitates a discussion on critical issues affecting the Built Environment
Durban academics in the construction sector and eThekwini Municipality officials converged at the Durban Botanic Gardens on 16th March 2018, to participate in the 19th segment of the Built Environment Seminar Series (BESS), hosted by the Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) in partnership with EThekwini Municipal Academy (EMA) and Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT).  The Seminar theme focussed on graduate readiness for the labour market and their place as economically active citizens and their role in the regional economy. 

EThekwini Municipality, Chief Learning Officer, Dr Mpilo Ngubane officially welcomed participants to the Seminar and highlighted that the theme was timely and relevant not only to the built environment but across other sectors. “The Built Environment Seminar provides a platform for sharing knowledge, ideas and best practices. The main objective of this learning event is to find out if there is any congruence between the skills that are produced by institutions of higher learning and those demanded by the labour market in the built and environment sector, said Dr Ngubane. 

The Keynote Presentation was led by, Prof Theo C. Haupt, Research Professor: Engineering at MUT and various research partners, who are doctoral students from Mangosuthu University of Technology, Durban University of Technology and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. “There is a serious mismatch between what universities continue to produce and what industry actually needs, said Prof Haupt. In his presentation Prof Haupt expressed the need for more problem-based learning and its application to the local environment. The follow on presentations focussed on how academia was grappling with the balance between teaching, learning, assessment and the sectoral impact on the 4th Industrial Revolution. 

The Seminar challenged existing undergraduate engineering education programs indicating that they are not producing qualified graduates ready for their professions. It also explored if universities are properly developing the capacities of students to think critically and synthetically, emphasising that engineering instruction suffers from an out-dated, teacher-centred model for educating students and that fundamental change is necessary. 

The robust discussions delved in issues of re-curriculation, collaborative relations, the fourth industrial revolution, teaching and learning, impact and relevance of the sector curricular and the city’s contribution to the transformation agenda. 

MILE is currently assessing the city’s institutional relations with academia and noted that this seminar will contribute to a broader discussion with key city – university partners who are expected to deliberate on the identified areas of collaboration within the framework of the MOA.  

Download the Presentation by Prof Theo C. Haupt below:


 Presentation 19 BESS

Presentation-Prof Theo C. Haupt.pdf
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