30 April, 2020
Paper industry opens applications for Masters of Engineering bursary programme
The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) has opened applications for its Masters of Engineering (M.Eng.) bursary programme
which offers eligible BSc engineering students the opportunity to
pursue a career in the forest products industry and contribute to the
circular economy. Awarded annually, each bursary is valued at
R260,000 for two years of full-time study towards an M.Eng. degree at
Applications must be done online by Friday 22 May 2020.
PAMSA, which represents the majority of South African pulp and paper
producers, has been running the bursary and research programme for 10
years. Some 65 students have completed the programme with three
progressing to PhD while more than 90% of the graduates have found
careers as chemical and process engineers with PAMSA's member companies.
The pulp and paper sector's research aims to maximise the use of
commercially grown timber by using - and re-using - as much of the tree
as possible, such as lignin and sugars. There is also a lot of work
being done on using process waste and by-products to develop
biomaterials and nanocellulose structures for industrial application.
"Wood for commercial and industrial use comes from sustainably
managed plantations in South Africa," says Jane Molony, PAMSA executive
director. "The science and chemistry behind wood, pulp and paper
products presents our industry and country with some unique
opportunities in the circular economy, in mitigating climate change and
making sustainable use of an available and renewable resource - farmed
By working with the Universities of North West, Pretoria,
Stellenbosch and Witwatersrand, PAMSA is able to open bright young minds
to the opportunities within a truly sustainable industry. "Our message
for interested students is to 'go beyond' and imagine the possibilities
of being involved in our industry."
PAMSA requires that the students have a good academic record with a
minimum 60% average in the final year of study. Applicants must also
have completed their BSc studies in five years or less.
Two short videos clipped introducing the students to the sector have also been produced.
More details and the online application form are available here.
Source: The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA)