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MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development

global challenges, engineering solutions

Technology Leapfrogging in South Africa

Initial findings suggest that several innovative technologies exist and have had some success addressing health issues, although on a relatively local scale. Several of these, including SIMpill, iDart and Cellphones 4 HIV, make use of communication technologies and the high penetration of mobile phones within the country.


Course Overview


The need to engage in better problem definition through careful dialogue with all stakeholder groups and a proper recognition of context.


An ability to work with specialists from other disciplines and professional groups acknowledging that technical innovation and business skills also must be understood, nurtured and combined as precursors to the successful implementation of sustainable solutions.


An understanding of mechanisms for managing change in organisations so future engineers are equipped to play a leadership role.


An awareness of a range of assessment frameworks, sustainability metrics and methodologies such as Life Cycle Analysis, Systems Dynamics, Multi-Criteria Decision making and Impact Assessment.