Postgraduate Research &
Innovation Symposium (PRIS)


African cities of the future

Africa, home to some of the world’s fastest growing economies, is experiencing massive rural to urban migration.

The growing urbanization on the African continent is exacerbating socio-economic challenges resulting in decaying infrastructure, energy constraints, high unemployment, skills shortages and conflict.  

The need for skilled professionals and appropriate engineering solutions that combines advanced technical expertise with high-level sustainability thinking has emerged as critical challenges not only for social advancement, but also for higher education whose educational praxes are often not aligned with the needs of industry and society.

To create the African Cities of the Future, UKZN’s School of Engineering is responding through its research and teaching in ways which are sustainable, catalytic and responsive to the needs of South Africa and beyond.