The CEU was established in 2010 to facilitate, among others, liaison and cooperation with industry, the private sector and the general community. It also coordinates the Poly’s WIL programme through which students complete an internship or industry placement that allows them to apply in practice what they have learnt in theory.
Special Adviser to the Rector, Prof Errol Tyobeka, said that cooperative education is about flexible learning that aims to build a bridge between the academic environment and the workplace. “Cooperative education offers us, as a university, the opportunity to prepare graduates with the skills required by industry,” he said.
CEU Director, Carva Pop, said the Poly’s collaboration with industry in the development and design of its curricula, as well as the partnerships which involve facilitating internships and industry attachments for students, is a distinguishing factor at the institution. “The success of our students is based on the reciprocity of the relationship between the Poly and your enterprises, and it is through this mutually beneficial relationship that gains are and will be achieved,” Pop said.