Belgium Campus has officially opened the Academic year for 2016. Speaking at the official opening, Professor Jan Rombouts, Executive Chairman of Belgium Campus said “So far, year after year the demand for the ICT industry is bigger than we can supply graduates, but we are a strong growing community” The pass rate for 2015 was of 87% and students who were academically successful are working and some have received five to eight job offers.
Last year, Belgium Campus embarked on a diploma programme for deaf students. The college is hoping to double the number of students in 2016. It has aligned itself more and more with international partners and well ranked universities such as the Catholic University in Belgium, creating extra exposure to students. Moreover, Belgium Campus will be opening their first satellite campus in Kempton Park in Ekhuruleni and later in Nelspruit and Port Elizabeth.
Belgium Campus has started with the construction of Bothlale Village, an innovation centre, just opposite the current location of Belgium campus in Pretoria. This center will be exploited in innovative ways to provide
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Enrico Jacobs, announced that Belgium Campus Senate had awarded an honorary Professorship to Professor Doctor Willems Indeherberge, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Technology at KU Leuven. Professor Indeherberge, who is also an active board member will be joining Belgium Campus in 2016
In his closing remarks, Professor Jan Rombouts,
advised that “it is important to invest in education and take the quality
seriously in order to grow the economy and have a better functioning society.”
He thanked the representatives of the South African ICT industry, the Belgium
government and the South African government for their continued investment in
the operations of the university