The University of Pretoria

The ESEFA project partnership is co-hosted by two departments at the University of Pretoria, the Department of Informatics and the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering.

UP LogoThe Department of Informatics is based in the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) as of January 2000, but is also one of the three 'home' departments of the formally constituted School of Information Technology. Interdisciplinary cooperation with the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences allows for a career path combination with Informatics and Economic and Management Sciences subjects. Cooperation between the three departments also fosters interdisciplinary research, resulting in increased research opportunities and a growing number of students attending the various courses.

EBIT has been rated as the topmost faculties in Africa according to the Thompson ISI Essentials Indicators. It is also the biggest Engineering faculty in South Africa by the number of students enrolled. Students are trained in a range of courses including System Analysis and Design, Databases, Programming and Project Management. On postgraduate level the students are also exposed to the use of ERP systems and as the first ODLC in South Africa the University of Pretoria will provide the opportunity for students to get access to high-quality material that will be value adding to their existing curriculum.

The Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering is the premier Industrial Engineering school, in terms of age, size and recognition in South Africa and also houses the South African Journal of Industrial Engineering. One of the main areas of research of the department is Business Architecture and Engineering with a focus on Business Process Alignment with Information Systems and Technology. This area draws heavily on ERP systems and its design and application towards business competitiveness. Furthermore, the Supply Chain Engineering research unit also covers Supply Chain Process modelling which also draws heavily on diverse framework models and ERP systems. The University of Pretoria also maintains partnerships for continuous students’ certification in the field of supply chain management, which is fully integrated into the undergraduate course and leads to the SCOR-S certification awarded by the Supply Chain Council (SCC). With Adding skills in SAP ERP training and certification The UP seeks to complement the current SCOR modelling capability with which students are currently equipped to train skilled enterprise and supply chain modellers and analysts in the long term.

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