Stellenbosch University’s (SU) first Masters in Engineering Management (MEM), presented by the Faculty of Engineering, attracted students from around the world, including Namibia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Lesotho, France, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada. and the United States, which follows the online hybrid program.
“The program has been specifically designed to equip early to mid-career engineers and scientists with the skills they need to manage engineering, technology, innovation, strategy, projects, people and places. . It has struck a note with professionals who are ready to shape their future, that of their teams and their company by acquiring the skills necessary to excel in an ever-changing work environment,” says the academic coordinator professor of the MEM program. Calie Pistorius.
Following extensive research and feedback from current students, it became apparent that there was a need for a hybrid online postgraduate engineering management program for working professionals where students can study wherever that they are in the world without having to travel to SU for lectures and assignments, but also to have many contacts with other students and professors.
The MEM program provides frequent opportunities to connect and network with other students and their professors through group work, regular live webinars, and MEM functions, says Pistorius.
The program consists of eight modules and a research assignment, or mini thesis. Each module is delivered over a 15-week semester, with two semesters per academic year and two modules per semester. Students can decide to do the degree over a period of two years or to do their eight modules in two years and do their research work in the third year.
The National Qualification Framework (NQF) Level 9 qualification is open to anyone with a South African undergraduate university degree in engineering or a specialist degree in any area of the natural sciences, including mathematics, statistics, physics, chemistry, biotechnology, agriculture, built environment or health-related fields at NQF Level 8, or equivalent international qualification.
Students further need at least one year of relevant work experience to get the most out of this degree.
The application deadline for the 2023 intake is September 30 for non-South African citizens and October 31 for South African citizens.