Walter Sisulu University serves the people of Eastern Cape Province where it is located with strong aspirations to improve its national and international educational leadership standing. WSU is strategically located to serve the deep rural and poorly stricken community of the Eastern Cape. It is committed to advancing the frontiers of research in Eastern Cape, in particular, South Africa and the world.
This section contains the University’s research goals, strategic projections and approach and the way forward for the directorate.
The University’s research goal is to create an enabling environment for staff to conduct applied and basic research and empower staff and students with research knowledge and skills.
It ensures that they can:
- independently initiate quality research projects
- contribute to the existing body of academic knowledge
- conduct a systematic analysis of problems relevant to society
- Walter Sisulu University’s efforts in developing an unequivocal research culture through which the
- institution could possibly be catapulted to the forefront of an African developmental university par excellence are recognised.
With strategic projections in place, the institution is positively poised to continually implement changes that promote research culture as it is being developed.
WSU’s strategic projections
The Directorate of Research Development ambit of responsibility includes a formidable list of key responsibilities.
- Operational policy documents, for example
- Research documentation services
- Establishing very strong workable relationship with industries
- Working with different communities in solving problems
- Integrating the three tier university research committees
- Aggressive mentoring systems
- Establishing functional research groupings
- Full scale collaboration
- Focusing on elevation researcher ratings, & other recognisable systems.
- Netting and bringing in South African Research Chairs Initiative (SAChls)
- Working with Research Councils
- Establishing Support systems for Graduate Research, Emerging Researcher, and Established Researcher
- Target at least 25% of staff to get NRF rating in accordance with NRF expectations
- Aggressive approach to having NRF research projects through all the available options
- Improve services for Intellectual Property and Patents
- Work on SAPSE publications
- Integrated collaboration with Government departments, agencies and other institutions
- Workshops and seminars
- Professional bodies – ECSA, SAIMM, GSSA, SSSSA, ASSAF, for example.
A strategic approach for enhancing research
The University’s Directorate of Research Development aims to create an enabling environment for staff to conduct research and empower staff and students with research knowledge and skills. This approach, it believes, is the cornerstone for enhancing research and will be achieved through 14 outputs.
- Develop a five-year research strategic plan for WSU
- Increase number of infrastructures (laboratories, research equipment and instruments) research centres and offices
- Refurbish existing research infrastructure, and replace ageing research equipment
- Increase the pool of researchers
- Create a cadre of research technical staff
- Recruit research and academic associates
- Seek more funds from government and international agencies to provide adequate funding for research and research training
- Improve the coordination and relevance of research activities
- Promote research collaboration with industry
- Enhance research outputs
- Enhance WSU staff and students participation in international, regional and national conferences, seminars and workshops
- Encourage applied research focused on community development
- Get WSU research facilities accredited and certified
- Increase the number of contract research activities.
The way forward
The University’s Directorate for Research Development will focus on four pillars in order to further build research capacity and outputs.
- Management, support and the development of research capacity and promotion of research
- Set targets that must be realised within timelines
- Use a combination of strategic management, complexity management, and governance, risks and ethics principles in a project management system approach to accomplish targets
- Staffing is extremely fundamental; researchers should be RISK TAKERS.
For more information, contact us in East London on (telephone) +27(0)43 708 5444 and Mthatha on (telephone) +27(0)47 502 2819. Contact details for our team
Research Development quick-links
More about the NRF rating scale
Research Development publication policy
Authors of journal articles supported by DHET subsidy
Research Development contacts