Join the iGEMS Nelson Mandela University Engineering & IT Career Webinar showcasing all things Engineering & IT to Grade 10 learners  on Friday, 17 July at 13h00.

(Click link to register -> iGEMS).


Nelson Mandela University staff members taking part in the webinar panel are:

• Associate Professor Brenda Scholtz - HOD at the Department of Computing Sciences

• Dr Sue Petratos - Director of the School of IT

• Mr Vuyo Mdunyelwa - Lecturer at the School of IT

• Dr Ann Lourens - HOD of the Department of Industrial Engineering

• Mr Karl du Preez - Director of the Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre

• Mr Howard Theunissen - HOD at the Department of Marine Engineering

• Mr Alan Roberts - Director of the School of Engineering

• Mrs Belinda van der Wat - Lecturer at the Department of Civil Engineering

• Mr Damian Mooney who is the Drone Technologist at the Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre.


A short video from each of these departments/schools will be shown, the learners will then have an opportunity to ask the panel any Engineering/IT related questions.  Thereafter the webinar will focus on the iGEMS Programme 2021 recruitment drive – 3 of iGEMS Phase 3 students will be sharing what iGEMS means to them.

We are very encouraged by the interest shown by the Grade 10 learners and look forward to providing a platform for the youth to experience all things Engineering & IT during this webinar.  


iGEMS Under the Unity in Africa banner, iGEMS (Incubating Great Engineering Minds), an education-to-employment initiative, is a 4-phase model (starting in Grade 11) which aims to create employable engineers.  They give youth the opportunity to enhance their education and transition through an internship year and onto tertiary education with possible employment once they graduate.  Every year the iGEMS coordinators embark on a recruitment process where they visit in the region of 60 schools in the greater Nelson Mandela Bay area, including Addo.  The target is Grade 10 learners who take core Maths & Physical Science as subjects and it’s a bonus if they are interested in Engineering or IT.


With Covid-19’s challenges, the normal recruitment process has not been able to take place via school visits and iGEMS approached Nelson Mandela University Engineering & IT Departments/Schools to collaborate in a virtual career webinar, which will also focus on the details of the iGEMS Programme and the recruitment process.