The French South African Institute of Technology celebrates its 20-year anniversary
On Friday 18 November 2016, the French South African Institute of Technology(F’SATI) celebrated its 20-year anniversary.
F’SATI is a French South African postgraduate institute for teaching, research and development with two nodes - one at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in Pretoria and one at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) in Cape Town.
The institute’s mandate is to contribute to the creation of knowledge and transfer of technology between South Africa and France as well as capacity-building and technical training of South Africans.
The initiative was launched in 1996 after a visit by late former President Nelson Mandela to France, under the responsibility of the Chamber of Commerce and industry of Paris (CCIP), with the objective of developing a training institute in electronics in South Africa.
The Institute has, since its inception, continuously participated in human capacity development through great collaboration between South African and French institutions.
F’SATI’s node at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (opened in 2008) boasts South Africa’s first nano-satellite programme - which developed Africa’s first nano-satellite (ZACUBE-1), and is currently developing what will be the most advanced South African CubeSat to date (ZACUBE-2).
Chargée d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy of France in South Africa Charlotte Montel:
“From the start, research projects developed by F’SATI were focused on the needs of the country and its people: applications for the elderly and the handicapped, telecommunication access for rural and remote areas, energy and power electronics and a nano-satellite programme for Africa. F’SATI is perfectly in line with South-African priorities, academic ones but also societal ones”.
In 2016, when South African Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor asked for a similar institute focused on agriculture, the Embassy and its partners set up the French South African Institute of Agriculture (F’SAGRI) at the University of Fort Hare in the Eastern Cape.
F’SATI’s French partners:
Paris Île-de-France Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIP) and its Engineering School (ESIEE Paris)
The French Ministry of Foreign affairs (MAEDI)
Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC)
Université Versailles Saint-Quentin (UVSQ)
Université de Montpellier (UM)
F’SATI’s South African partners:
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT)
Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)
Department of Science and Technology (DST)
National Research Foundation (NRF)