College Fact File
  • The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) was formed in 2004 when the former Universities of Natal and Durban-Westville merged to form the University of KwaZulu-Natal, and comprises five Schools, viz: the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences; the School of Chemistry and Physics; the School of Engineering; the School of Life Sciences; and the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

  • The College is located in Durban and Pietermaritzburg and is spread over three of the five UKZN campuses: Howard College, Pietermaritzburg and Westville. It comprises one research and training farm, several field sites, 21 large buildings and 4 affiliated 'private' institutions.
             The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science represents the largest group of scientists, engineers and technologists under one structure in Africa with over 1 000 employees, including academics, administrative staff, specialist technical support staff, tutors, demonstrators and research support staff.
 
             The College has nearly 9 000 students, of whom approximately 21% are postgraduate, and eight percent international.  
 
             The College boasts the highest research output within the University and produces the most research publications.  The College’s contribution to University productivity units in 2012 was 38%, with 22 academic staff appearing amongst the Top 30 UKZN Researchers.
 
             UKZN’s Top Published Male Researcher and Top Published Female Researcher consistently come from the College’s ranks, as does the awardee for the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award.
 
             Three of UKZN’s four NRF A-rated researchers come from the College.    As per NRF ratings, the College has 47 Prolific Researchers and 31 young Emerging Researchers.
 
             Of the eleven DST/NRF South African Research Chairs (SARChI Chairs) hosted by UKZN, seven reside within the College (Evolutionary Biology; Fluorine Process Engineering and Separation Technology; Quantum Information Processing and Communication; Gravitating Systems; Land Use Planning and Management; Intelligent Real Time Power Systems; and Rural Agronomy and Development).
 
             Women in the College have received the DST’s Distinguished Young Women in Science Award.
 
             Lecturers from the College regularly appear in the successful nominations for the annual UKZN Distinguished Teachers Awards (eight individuals over the past seven years) and as recipients of UKZN Fellowship Awards (53% of all awards since 1989 have been in the College) .
 
             The College produces the most amount of PhD graduates in the University.  This figure increased from 69 in 2011 to 77 in 2012.  
 
             To increase its research output, quality and global impact, the College appointed 145 postdoctoral scholars across its five Schools at a cost of over R14 million in 2012.
 
             UKZN possesses the widest range of Agricultural disciplines (11) at one South African institution.  Of the five areas identified as lacking critical skills by the National Education and Training Strategy for Agriculture, four are addressed by programmes within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.  (Agricultural Production (plants and animals); Agricultural Economics;  Agricultural Development;  and Agricultural Engineering). 
 
•             The College conferred its first crop of co-taught Bachelor of Agriculture (B Agric) degree certificates at its 2013 graduation ceremony.  This degree is offered in conjunction with Cedara College of Agriculture, and in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development.
 
•             UKZN is the only university in South Africa to offer a degree in Agricultural (Bioresources) Engineering that is fully accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa.  
 
•             The African Centre for Food Security is the only facility in the world offering transdisciplinary training and named degrees in the field of Food Security.  It has been appointed by the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as the lead agency in the food security activities of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme.  In addition, it is formally recognised as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Centre of Excellence in Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis.  
 
             The African Centre for Crop Improvement, established in 2002, trains African plant breeders in sub-saharan Africa in the applied breeding of African crops using conventional and biotechnological breeding tools.  The Centre receives support from the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations. 
 
             UKZN is a NEPAD and SADC-recognised Centre of Excellence in Water Research. UKZN is the country’s leading institution in terms of attracting funding for agricultural related water resources research and over the past five years has trained more students than any other institution on Water Research Commission projects.  An Umgeni Water-sponsored Chair of Water Resources Management has been established for a period of ten years and contributes to the College's water related teaching, training and research initiatives.
 
             According to a Thomson-Reuters ‘InCites’ survey, Mathematics at UKZN was rated number one in South Africa in terms of research impact over a ten year period.
 
             An Open Source Software Computer Laboratory, donated by the Shuttleworth Foundation, identifies the University as one of the leading tertiary institutions in the adoption and development of Open Source Software.
 
             The Vibration and Research Testing Centre (VRTC), which conducts research, testing and investigations in the field of conductor mechanical oscillations, is one of only four such facilities in the world, and the only one in the southern hemisphere.  
 
             The Centre for Science Access and the UNITE Programme both operate within the College and are natural leaders in providing access opportunities to undergraduate students from under prepared backgrounds.   
 
             The Science and Technology Education Centre on the Westville campus showcases the University’s scientific achievements and promotes the public understanding of science, engineering and technology within the region.  
 
             The College has invested over R300 million in new teaching and research facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment.  A R30 million infrastructure investment saw the birth of the multi-purpose, environmentally-friendly UNITE and School of Engineering building – the heart and soul of Engineering at UKZN and the venue of choice for university, industry and community-related activitiesThe College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science represents the largest group of scientists, engineers and technologists under one structure in Africa with over 1 000 employees, including academics, administrative staff, specialist technical support staff, tutors, demonstrators and research support stafThe College has nearly 9 000 students, of whom approximately 21% are postgraduate, and eight percent international
  • The College boasts the highest research output within the University and produces the most research publications. The College’s contribution to University productivity units in 2012 was 38%, with 22 academic staff appearing amongst the Top 30 UKZN Researchers.
  • UKZN’s Top Published Male Researcher and Top Published Female Researcher consistently come from the College’s ranks, as does the awardee for the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award.
  • Three of UKZN’s four NRF A-rated researchers come from the College. As per NRF ratings, the College has 47 Prolific Researchers and 31 young Emerging Researchers.
  • Of the eleven DST/NRF South African Research Chairs (SARChI Chairs) hosted by UKZN, seven reside within the College (Evolutionary Biology; Fluorine Process Engineering and Separation Technology; Quantum Information Processing and Communication; Gravitating Systems; Land Use Planning and Management; Intelligent Real Time Power Systems; and Rural Agronomy and Development).
  • Women in the College have received the DST’s Distinguished Young Women in Science Award.
  • Lecturers from the College regularly appear in the successful nominations for the annual UKZN Distinguished Teachers Awards (eight individuals over the past seven years) and as recipients of UKZN Fellowship Awards (53% of all awards since 1989 have been in the College) .
  • The College produces the most amount of PhD graduates in the University. This figure increased from 69 in 2011 to 77 in 2012. 
  • To increase its research output, quality and global impact, the College appointed 145 postdoctoral scholars across its five Schools at a cost of over R14 million in 2012.
  • UKZN possesses the widest range of Agricultural disciplines (11) at one South African institution. Of the five areas identified as lacking critical skills by the National Education and Training Strategy for Agriculture, four are addressed by programmes within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science. (Agricultural Production (plants and animals); Agricultural Economics; Agricultural Development; and Agricultural Engineering). 
  • The College conferred its first crop of co-taught Bachelor of Agriculture (B Agric) degree certificates at its 2013 graduation ceremony. This degree is offered in conjunction with Cedara College of Agriculture, and in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Agriculture, Environmental Affairs and Rural Development.
  • UKZN is the only university in South Africa to offer a degree in Agricultural (Bioresources) Engineering that is fully accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa. 
  • The African Centre for Food Security is the only facility in the world offering transdisciplinary training and named degrees in the field of Food Security. It has been appointed by the African Union and the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) as the lead agency in the food security activities of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme. In addition, it is formally recognised as the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Regional Centre of Excellence in Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis. 
  • The African Centre for Crop Improvement, established in 2002, trains African plant breeders in sub-saharan Africa in the applied breeding of African crops using conventional and biotechnological breeding tools. The Centre receives support from the Rockefeller and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations. 
  • UKZN is a NEPAD and SADC-recognised Centre of Excellence in Water Research. UKZN is the country’s leading institution in terms of attracting funding for agricultural related water resources research and over the past five years has trained more students than any other institution on Water Research Commission projects. An Umgeni Water-sponsored Chair of Water Resources Management has been established for a period of ten years and contributes to the College's water related teaching, training and research initiatives.
  • According to a Thomson-Reuters ‘InCites’ survey, Mathematics at UKZN was rated number one in South Africa in terms of research impact over a ten year period.
  • An Open Source Software Computer Laboratory, donated by the Shuttleworth Foundation, identifies the University as one of the leading tertiary institutions in the adoption and development of Open Source Software.
  • The Vibration and Research Testing Centre (VRTC), which conducts research, testing and investigations in the field of conductor mechanical oscillations, is one of only four such facilities in the world, and the only one in the southern hemisphere. 
  • The Centre for Science Access and the UNITE Programme both operate within the College and are natural leaders in providing access opportunities to undergraduate students from under prepared backgrounds. 
  • The Science and Technology Education Centre on the Westville campus showcases the University’s scientific achievements and promotes the public understanding of science, engineering and technology within the region. 
  •  The College has invested over R300 million in new teaching and research facilities, state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment. A R30 million infrastructure investment saw the birth of the multi-purpose, environmentally-friendly UNITE and School of Engineering building – the heart and soul of Engineering at UKZN and the venue of choice for university, industry and community-related activities.

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