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Aurecon bursary programme supports continuous education

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Some of our bursars with Albert Geldenhuys

8 October 2013 - One of the key issues South Africa faces is that of ensuring adequate tertiary education for previously disadvantaged students.

This is a cause which closely aligns with Aurecon's brand proposition, 'Fostering Human Achievement.' Aurecon has been investing in its own in-house bursary programme for over 40 years, and believes that education is crucial to the successful skills development of tomorrow's leaders.

In line with this, the group has taken a decision to further support capacity building in South Africa, beyond its own bursary programme, by investing in the education of previously disadvantaged students via sizeable donations towards the Civil Engineering departments of the University of Cape Town (UCT), Stellenbosch University (US) and the University of Pretoria (UP).

The aim of these donations is to encourage candidates to innovate and excel through encouraging continuous education. As part of this scheme, current post-graduate bursars at the US and UCT include:

  • Algurnon van Rooyen, who envisions a career in academia after completing his PhD, which is titled "The mechanics of high-strength fibre-reinforced foamed concrete".
  • Janina Kanjee, who submitted the first draft of her complete MEng thesis in July and is expected to graduate in December.
  • Nyiko Makaring started on his studies towards a MEng degree in Civil Infrastructure Management and Maintenance in February and is making impressive progression in all of his subjects.
  • Leighton Leukes passed his MEng dissertation and will also be graduating in December.
  • Tasneem Ghoor has shown continuous precision and rigour in her course work and is working towards completing her MEng degree.
  • Mpafane Deyi is completing research for his MEng degree and will complete his thesis and graduate in 2015.
  • Shafee Abrahams, who is currently completing a Master of Engineering (MEng) degree in Pavement Engineering.
  • Olivea O'Brien, who is currently completing her MEng in Engineering Research degree and completed three modules in the Netherlands at the Delft University of Technology.

"Aurecon is a learning organisation that recognises research and development as the basis for building expertise. It is a privilege to able to invest in the academic careers of students who we believe are realising this aim, and we wish each one of them every success for the academic path ahead," concludes Albert Geldenhuys, Managing Director, RSA.​

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