The event served as a platform for students to interact with key mining industry partners as well as to expose them to a large audience of professionals in the industry. Eight students delivered presentations to the industry representatives who, in turn, questioned them on their research findings.
The Special Adviser to the Rector, Prof Errol Tyobeka, said the presentations by the students play multiple roles. “This is a celebration of our home-grown engineers. It is a form of quality assurance on our part and at the same time industry gets the rare opportunity to contribute to our students’ professional growth,” Tyobeka said.
The Swakop Uranium Vice-President for Human Resources and Business, Percy MaCallum, advised the students on how to make a success of their careers. “Success is closely aligned to passion for your job, leadership qualities, innovation, blue sky challenges to achieve your company goals, promoting the brand of your company as well as having a vision and an implementing strategy,” he said.
The Dean of the School of Engineering, Dr Samuel John, said that the event created an enabling environment for the Department to market its students to industry leaders, thereby creating possibilities for professional growth through employment prospects.