The VWSA-DAAD International Chair in Automotive Engineering at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University will continue enhancing automotive engineering following the extension of the joint agreement for a further two years.
Established in 2007 through a collaborative partnership between Volkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the International Chair in Automotive Engineering has facilitated valuable skills development in the local motor manufacturing industry.
Over the period of nine years, all three partners have invested over R16 million in the advanced teaching, learning and research for application in the field of automotive engineering with a strong emphasis on promoting international research links.
Since its inception, the School of Engineering at NMMU has improved its overall focus on automotive engineering, establishing a degree in mechatronics and becoming known as the centre of excellence for Automotive Engineering.
“The close and successful cooperation between VWSA, the DAAD and NMMU affords the students practical orientated studies, both at NMMU as well as our German partner universities,” said Professor Udo Bekker, Head of the VWSA-DAAD International Chair in Automotive Engineering at the NMMU.
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