The officially planned university at in Ekurhuleni in east Johannesburg has officially been named Oliver Tambo University of Science and Technology.
In his state of the province address, Gauteng Premier David Makhura confirmed building of the university, which was first proposed in 2017, will aim to be completed by 2030.
The go-ahead for the university was first confirmed by President Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation address.
“We have decided to establish a new University of Science and Innovation in Ekurhuleni. Ekurhuleni is the only metro in our country that does not have a university,” he said.
Following a feasibility study, it was determined that there was a need and potential for a university in the area.
“This university is a great value proposition and a boost to advancing the manufacturing capabilities of the Ekurhuleni Aerotropolis,” Makhura said.
“We have been working with the City to lobby for this university and we are following up to make sure that it becomes a reality during this decade.”
The university will focus on data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, blockchain, robotics and hydrogen-powered technologies. This is in line with the governments focus on improving South Africa’s study of STEM subjects and preparation for jobs of the future.
According to BussinessTech, Higher Education minister Blade Nzimande said the university will be developed to work with government and industrial partners, as well as South Africa’s connections with BRICS countries.