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President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the government will establish a new university in the city of Ekurhuleni.

The new university will focus on science and innovation.

“We have decided to establish a new University of Science and Innovation in Ekurhuleni,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said.

Delivering his State of the Nation (SONA) Address to a Joint Sitting of Parliament on Thursday, President Ramaphosa said Ekurhuleni is the only metro in our country that does not have a university.

“This will enable young people in that metro to be trained in high-impact and cutting-edge technological innovation for current and future industries,” he explained.

A new university in the region was first discussed in 2017, with the executive mayor of Ekhuruleni, Mzwandile Masina, putting the official process to get approval for the institute in play in 2019.

During his state of the city address last year, Masina explained that the idea of the university followed a feasibility study for the institution to be in his municipality.

It is expected to specialise in areas like engineering, tourism, aviation, science and tourism.

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