The Dean of Engineering & the Built Environment (EBE), Professor Alison Lewis, encourages prospective students to #ChooseUCT.  

Why EBE at UCT?


All EBE degrees are internationally accredited, so your skills will be transferable anywhere in the world. Each department has teaching staff who are experts in their fields and are active researchers. UCT has a large number of engineering research-rated academics. The faculty has strong links with industry and government, which commission and fund significant research projects. Our commitment to teaching and research excellence is matched by our commitment to addressing social challenges through various research interests.


The Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment has earned an outstanding reputation for its high-quality postgraduate education. Our postgraduate and postdoctoral research programmes attract a large number of qualifying undergraduates from within the EBE Faculty, as well as an increasingly strong contingent of international students. The range of research specialisations and the breadth of knowledge within the Faculty, contribute to make it a truly unique learning environment.


As a former student, you are automatically part of a global network of over 100 000 members of the UCT alumni community. The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment (EBE) also has its own alumni programme, which provides specific benefits and services to former engineering graduates. This includes opportunities to reconnect with your alma mater and to help further the goals of the university.

EBE degree accreditations

  • Our Engineering degrees are accredited through the Washington Accord*
  • The Architecture degrees are accredited through the South African Council for the Architectural Profession.
  • The Geomatics degree is accredited through the South African Geomatics Council.
  • Degrees in Construction and Property Studies are accredited through the Chartered Institute of Building and the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors.

*List of Washington Accord countries
Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States

At the heart of our vision is the desire to foster strong analytical skills, practical ingenuity and creativity, good communication and high ethical standards and professionalism, as well as the ability to be lifelong learners. One of the core aspects of our vision as a faculty is to develop outstanding graduates and scholars, who contribute to society and address socioeconomic challenges through their work. I believe that our UCT graduate engineers and professionals of the built environment are ideally equipped to rise to the complex challenges and global problems of the 21st century.
Professor Alison Lewis
Dean: Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment