FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Women in Engineering and the Built Environment Programme do?

The Women in Engineering and the Built Environment Programme (WiEBE) is a strategic community engagement programme hosted in the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg. The programme is managed in partnership with Group Five. 

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What are WiEBE’s objectives?

  1. To attract young women to Engineering and the Built Environment, and retain them until completion of their studies.
  2. To provide networking, development and mentorship opportunities for professional women.
  3. To support women academics in the faculty.
  4. To support current women students within the Society for Women in Engineering and Technology (SWiET).
  5. To conduct research on the current and topical issues regarding women in Engineering and the Built Environment.
  6. To engage industry in the empowerment, understanding and support of  professional women in Engineering and the Built Environment.

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What are the areas of focus for WiEBE?

Focus Area One:
SUPPORT FOR PROFESSIONAL WOMEN IN ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Focus Area Two:
SUPPORT FOR WOMEN STUDENTS IN ENGINEERING AND THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

Focus Area Three:
ENGAGEMENT WITH INDUSTRY AND GOVERNMENT

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What is the Annual WiEBE Summit and Awards Function and why should I attend?

An annual summit and awards function is planned to coincide with August as women’s month. The summit offers a networking and mentoring opportunity for professional and academic engineers and Built Environment professionals. The winners of the annual national awards for excellence in engineering and technology are announced at the summit!

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What are the National Awards for Excellence in Engineering and Technology by women professionals?

Group Five and UJ launched the first national awards for excellence in engineering and technology by women in 2010. The aim of the awards is to recognize and celebrate the most outstanding women in engineering and the Built Environment in South Africa. The winners are announced at the annual summit in six categories. This year the awards will distinguish between excellence in Industry and Academia!

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What is Mentorship and Role Models?

Mentorship is one of the key initiatives of the programme. Many young engineers, both male and female, leave university and enter the work place without the guidance of a senior and experienced mentor. As a result, they become discouraged and isolated from their previous support network. Women in particular require a sense of belonging and WiEBE aims to fill this void by identifying willing senior women engineers as mentors for junior women.

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What are Dinner or Breakfast Debates?

Dinner Debates is an exciting initiative borne from the August 2008 summit. WiEBE facilitates in-depth discussion of current topics relevant to women in the profession. During the Dinner Debate series ten to twenty professional women are invited to discuss, interrogate and lay down fundamentals that underpin their existing personal and professional lives.

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What are Leadership Debates?

In matters that are slightly more difficult to articulate; and in matters where the status quo is reinforced due to the fact that people are unaware of alternatives, debate serves as a neutral platform and a catalyst for change. As such the Women in Engineering and the Built Environment programme (WiEBE) of the University of Johannesburg and Group Five regard debate as an important mechanism with which to mobilise action through discussion based on fact and the sharing of opinions.

The first debate hosted by WiEBE in a series of annual debates was titled “Thought Leadership in Industry: How do we ensure competitiveness for the construction and engineering industries whilst driving transformation and good governance?” The objectives of the debates are to provide the opportunity to discuss relevant issues and challenges facing the construction and engineering industries in South Africa; to gain value-adding insight from these debates; to influence the future of construction and engineering by talking about topics that directly influence the thinking in the industry; and to identify opportunities for the future of business and work in these sectors.

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What is SWiET?

Society for Women in Engineering and Technology

SWiET is a UJ student initiative within the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment,

dedicated to the empowerment and development of women students. We actively promote Engineering and the Built Environment as a course of study and a career possibility, determined to dispel preconceived perceptions and prejudice and to support fellow female students.