About the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology

Two-Tier Governance Structure of the Faculty

The governance and leadership structure of the Faculty is a two-tier structure comprising the Dean and the Heads of the Departments.

There are eight departments within the Faculty:

The Heads of Departments have overall responsibility for the programmes offered by their departments.

They also concentrate on the management of the academic courses and modules together with the learning, teaching and quality assurance thereof.

Nature of the Faculty

The programme and qualification mix of the Faculty consists of undergraduate certificates, national diplomas and bachelor degrees, providing a suitable wealth of qualifications along with the vertical perspective of the National Qualifications Framework.

There are qualifications in the applied sciences of chemistry and chemical technology, food and consumer sciences, statistics, applied mathematics, information technology, fashion designing and fabric technology and fine arts.

There are also qualifications in the engineering sciences of construction management and quantity surveying, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

These provide an additional wealth of qualifications suitable for the mission and vision of Water Sisulu University along with the horizontal perspective of the national qualifications framework.

Vision of the Faculty

The Faculty will be a leading centre offering a suitable wealth of innovative programmes to produce suitably trained graduates who will contribute to the eradication of poverty and the creation of appropriate enterprises for sustainable development of the province as well as the country as a whole.

Mission of the Faculty

In pursuit of its vision, the Faculty will generate highly skilled graduates, innovative new products and knowledge through courses, programmes, and community and research projects that are carefully designed for this purpose.

The Faculty will actively engage many of these graduates in applied research and innovation utilising the envisaged WSU Science, Engineering and Technology Campus to generate new knowledge and marketable products.

The Faculty will, therefore, maintain a high level of research activity, which should help position the FSET Complex as a notable research facility, as well as a producer of highly skilled graduates.

Niche Research Areas

After discussions with staff from the different departments and sites, the following areas emerged as future niche research areas for the Faculty:

  • Materials Science and Testing for Manufacturing: There is a fair amount of staff from students that they would like to obtain postgraduate qualifications through materials research. 
  • Renewable Energy Technologies: Several staff would like to do research on renewable energy technologies, which includes natural gas, solar energy, perovskite solar cells nanotechnology, bio-energy & wave, wind and geothermal technologies.
  • ICT for Sustainable Development.