The Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) and the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Faculty of Applied Sciences and the Department of Maritime studies have entered into a formal agreement to host a series of open lectures on issues that are contributing towards the challenges that are faced by Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields especially within the Maritime Industry. The purpose of the lecture series is to provide a learning platform for stakeholders to discuss and debate issues of relevance to economic development.
The first lecture series was successfully held on Tuesday, 27th March 2018, which focused on Maritime and Technology. This event was intended to enable MKI to explore new research from a wide range of academia which will shed light on strategies that can be adopted by different institutions to overcome the challenges that are within the STEM field particularly in maritime sector.
Colleen Jacka who was invited as guest speaker shared her experience as the editor of Maritime review, she also touched based on issues that are currently faced by the industry. She also provided an overview of Operation Phakisa which was formed in a bid to grow the blue economy, involving various sectors such as government, private sector, labour, and civil society.
“South Africa has 3924 kilometres of the coast which have untapped economic potential. Operation Phakisa brought government, industry, education, and civil society role players together to collaborate in accelerating the growth of the blue economy, in five focus areas which are in maritime transport, manufacturing, off-shore oil and gas exploration, aquaculture, and maritime protection and governance,” she said.
Prof Suren Singh, the DUT faculty of Applied Sciences Dean also briefed the attendees about the MKI and DUT partnership that has bared good fruits.