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Luban Workshop helps South Africa fight against COVID-19

Source: Department of Regional Openess / Updated: 2021-08-27
Tianjin Vocational Institute (TVS) has partnered with Durban University of Technology (DUT) to build the Luban Workshop in South Africa. The first session of the project sets two majors–additive manufacturing technology and Internet of Things (IoT) application technology.

At the beginning of 2020, South Africa became one of the countries most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa. The Luban Workshop has played a unique role in the battle against the pandemic. Teachers in DUT who had participated in the training of TVS, applied the 3D printing technology and the additive manufacturing equipment to produce over 4,000 protective masks, which were distributed for free to local hospitals, nursing homes, emergency assistance agencies, etc. They also applied IoT technologies to design an air quality inspection application, which provided data support for the decision making of local government agencies. “The Luban Workshop has brought advanced technologies to Durban in the battle against the pandemic,” noted Thomas Kaunda, Mayor of Durban.

TVS and DUT have fostered mutual trust and win-win cooperation in building the Luban Workshop and combating COVID-19. As a result, the vocational education functions of the Luban Workshop have furthered people-to-people exchanges between China and South Africa.



Tianjin Vocational Institute (TVS) signs the Memorandum of Understanding for the South Africa Luban Workshop with Durban University of Technology(DUT), marking the commencement of construction of the Luban Workshop in South Africa.



Tianjin Vocational Institute (TVS) signs an international exchange and cooperation agreement with Durban University of Technology (DUT), marking the commencement of mutual exchange and cooperation in all respects.