Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists (IPET)


The highest honour that an engineering technology graduate can achieve

The Institute of Professional Engineering Technologists, IPET, annually awards the highest academic achieving B Tech and now also B Eng Tech graduates from ECSA accredited engineering programmes at participating Universities of Technology in South Africa.  The highest achieving lady and male graduate at each University is awarded a 60 mm medal and a certificate, and the overall highest achieving engineering technology graduates in South Africa are awarded 75mm gold-plated medals.

Every participating University nominate their highest achieving lady and male B Tech and B Eng Tech engineering graduates who completed their degrees during the previous academic year. Nomination and award is on the basis of highest academic achievement, hence we require a copy of the nominee’s academic record for the degree. The graduate must at least have achieved a distinction average of 75% for the B Tech or BET degree to qualify for nomination. Only ECSA accredited engineering programmes are considered. The IPET award is the highest honour that an engineering graduate from a University of Technology in South Africa can achieve at B Tech and BET level.  Since 2003, awards have been made to the highest achieving lady and male, with the aim to award excellent academic achievement and encourage gender equality in engineering technology.

IPET arranges a gala dinner awards function annually where the awards are made. Due to Covid 19 regulations the awards had to be done on line in 2020, but hopefully we will be able to continue the tradition for the 2020/21 awards.  We hope to enable University staff, IPET members, nominees and their families to participate and share in the excitement of the awards again, as the accompanying pictures show. Alternatively a virtual or a hybrid event will be held.

Awards 2020 - Virtual

IPET President with all the 2018/19 award winners present at the gala dinner

2018/19 Highest Achieving lady in South Africa, Kiara Govender from DUT, with her Dean of Engineering, Prof Bhekisipho Twala and IPET President Chris Mynhardt

IPET Award Medals and Certificates await handing over

TUT winners 2018-19 with IPET Past President Jones Moloisane

SA Top Achievers 2016-17 CPUT with their Heads of Departments

IPET Awards Gala Dinner 2016-17

Creating the Atmosphere for the Evening with Music from Heaven.

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