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Title: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference of Engineering & Business Education and 1st SAFRI Journey to Excellence Conference
Authors: Cape Peninsula University of Technology, CPUT
Keywords: proceedings;engineering;SAFRI;Education
Issue Date: 2012
Abstract: Greetings and welcome to the 4th International Conference on Engineering and Business Education and the 1st International SAFRI Journey to Excellence Conference. This conference is a joint initiative of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Hochschule Wismar and SAFRI, the Southern African Initiative of German Business. Previous ICEBE conferences involved mainly universities and focused predominantly on academic paper sessions and workshops. But this year SAFRI brings an exciting new dimension to proceedings. With its strong track record of promoting entrepreneurship and supporting business opportunities SAFRI has helped create a platform for academia and business to effectively engage on the central conference theme of preparing our students to succeed in the 21st Century knowledge economy.This conference comes in the wake of a global economic meltdown which will have serious socio-economic consequences for developed and emerging economies alike. In particular the specter of growing unemployment remains a major challenge. It is widely accepted that small medium and micro enterprises will provide the majority of new jobs worldwide and will be vital to the continuing growth and success of any economy. Entrepreneurs will have a key role to play and universities will be challenged to equip their students to make a meaningful contribution in these uncertain times.The conference programme has been structured to allow maximum interaction between educators and entrepreneurs. Besides the paper sessions which form the backbone of any academic conference there are a number of plenary sessions and workshops which we hope you will find both entertaining and enlightening. Network opportunities abound.It is our hope that conference participants will use these opportunities to reflect, discuss, debate and to think out of the box and explore future scenarios and strategies to help address the many challenges that lie ahead for both educators and entrepreneurs.Let us also use this opportunity to thank the organizing team of Nico Beute (CPUT), Regina Krause (Wismar) and Nina Mapili (SAFRI) all ably assisted by Anneke de Klerk, for their sterling work in making an international conference of this nature possible. And to the many others who worked in the background, from the editorial team and reviewers to those who provided logistic support, a sincere word of thanks to you all.We hope that conference participants will also take time to experience the beautiful city of Cape Town, recently awarded the title of World Design Capital 2014. Join in, share ideas, forge networks … and enjoy! Let’s make this a conference to remember!
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