Energy company offers work integrated learning to MUT S4 students

Dr Olu Ajayi

In yet another project meant to benefit Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), Siyacanda Energy (PTY) LTD has expanded its capacity-building programme to MUT. This time, Siyacanda Energy and Dr Papi Numbi, a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering, conceptualised “an experiential learning programme where S4 students will be involved in industrial projects while finalizing their exit level subjects. As a pilot project, we have started with five students who are currently involved in TETRA PAK energy audit project with Siyacanda Energy (PTY) LTD,” said Dr Numbi.

Siyacanda Energy’s Chief Executive Officer, Dr Olu Ajayi, leads the programme. Dr Numbi said that the programme was flexible in such a way that the S4 students only go on-site based on a schedule suitable for them so that they do not lose focus of their theoretical classes. This programme aims to have students engaged in hands-on experience and reflection so that they can connect the theoretical knowledge learnt in the classroom and real-world scenarios.

The programme is championed by both the Head of the Electrical Engineering Department, Richard Chidzonga and the Acting Dean of the Faculty, Professor Babatunde Bakare. The programme was intended to produce graduates who are well prepared for in-service learning, hence increasing the chances of being hired after their in-service training period.

“They will develop both hard and soft skills, as well as get a grasp of what industry expects them to bring to the table in terms of values and passions”, said Dr Numbi.

This is a second project, which the association with Siyacanda Energy brings to MUT’s table, and again it touches at the heart of the University’s graduate attributes as well as its strategic intent on entrepreneurship. The first project with Siyacanda Energy is the Climate Change project spearheaded for MUT by GIZ and Siyacanda Energy. This project is still to be launched before the end of the year.