South Africa - Cooperation - Science Diplomacy Award (December 8, 2016)


Today Naledi Pandor, South Africa’s minister of science and technology, is presenting the Science Diplomacy Award to the French South African Institute of Technology (F’SATI) in recognition of the international partnerships that have contributed to the country’s human capital development.

Established in 1996 by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Paris and the Technikon Pretoria, following former President Nelson Mandela’s visit to France, the F’SATI is a training institute for research and innovation in the engineering of information technologies, and is co-directed by French and South African partners. This program receives support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and from the South African Department of Science and Technology. Its successes include the first South African and African nano-satellite program (ZACUBE-1), launched in November 2013.

Now established at two South African universities in Pretoria (Tshwane University of Technology) and Cape Town (Cape Peninsula University of Technology),the Institute offers excellent Masters and Doctorate degree programs in scientific and technological fields. Training is provided in partnership with ESIEE Paris, the engineering school of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Paris-Ile-de-France region, and Université Paris-Est-Créteil, with the participation of the universities of Versailles-Saint-Quentin and Montpellier.