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A campus in South Africa: discover F'SATI


Creation of F'SATI in South Africa in 1997

In 1997, ESIEE Paris created the French-South African Institute of Technology (F'SATI) in Pretoria, South Africa, in collaboration with Technikon Pretoria, which became Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) in 2004, one of the country's biggest universities.

In 2008, a second F'SATI opened in Cape Town at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT).
Université Paris Est Créteil (UPEC) also joined the partnership on the French side.
Since its creation, Université Gustave Eiffel has also been a F'SATI stakeholder, extending participation to all its components.

F'SATI: a training and research centre

F’SATI offers programmes in high-added-value scientific and technological fields:

  • Signal processing and telecommunications
  • Automation and control
  • Information and communication techniques
  • Energy
  • Space technology and applications

The aim of the courses offered is to train graduates and high-level researchers in the fields of electronics and information and communication technologies. Since the addition of Université Gustave Eiffel to the collaboration, its scope has extended to include civil engineering, technology management and, soon, artificial intelligence.

Courses are taught at two sites:

  • Tshwane University of Technology in Pretoria
  • Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town (of which the flagship programme is satellite engineering)

Students on the engineering programme at ESIEE Paris can attend courses or take part in F'SATI research activities during work placements or as part of their end-of-year assignments.

Focus: A F'SATI satellite in space

In 2013, F'SATI made history in South Africa with the launch of the first African cubesat, ZACUBE-1, from the Russian base at Yasny. Measuring 10x10x10 cm and weighing 1.2 kilos, the satellite carries a high-frequency transmitter that is used to collect meteorological data from space, in collaboration with the South African Space Agency (SANSA). The satellite was built by F'SATI teachers and students of the MSc engineering programme, developed in collaboration with France and delivered by ESIEE Paris and ESIEE Amiens.


Lamine Dieng

F'SATI Manager

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