Conserving resources and advancing the progress of the people of South Africa were two ideals which prompted Richard Ward (1891-1976) to leave R1 million to Wits on his death – the largest amount ever bequeathed to the University at the time.
In loving memory, the Chemical Engineering and Metallurgy Building was named after him. Now, 37 years later, Wits is seeking other men and women of vision to keep the dream alive – by contributing towards the cost of a major upgrade and modernisation of the building.
With your help, we are committed to ensuring that Wits remains a source of vital research that speaks to the needs of industry and development in Africa, and to giving young engineering students access to the latest equipment so they may gain the practical experience necessary to make a seamless transition from the education environment to the engineering corporate world.
This will be achieved by:
- Substantially expanding teaching and research spaces within the School of Chemical & Metallurgical Engineering;
- Increasing the School's contribution to industry related research – through an expansion in staff and five new laboratory spaces in biochemical processes, nanotechnology, atomic absorption (chemical analysis) and volatile organic compounds (VOC);
- Increasing our collaborative work with industry partners in order to address key regional issues;
- Increasing the awareness and capacity of the School to comply with Occupational Health and Safety regulations.
Please consider supporting this important project now. The Department of Higher Education & training (DoHET) has already invested R14 million and the University is committed to raising the balance of R61 million from individuals and the corporate sector.
This is your opportunity to be a partner in the project and make an investment in the future of the industry and the country. Donations of any amount will be welcomed with much gratitude.
Wits University has been issued with a Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Certificate as a Level 3 Contributor – 110% Procurement Recognition Level. Certified copies are available on request.
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Please click here to read about recent research developed by Prof Sunny Iyuke, Head of the School.
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