The Directorate of Research Development held its second annual Research day event at the Health Resource Centre on the 2 November 2017.


The aim of the event is to make sure that researchers collaborate with each other within the campus and across all campuses.


Dr Elphina Cishe, Director in the Directorate of Research Development said, “We realised that there’s a lot of good research that is being done at WSU for which little was known, so we thought that we must bring researchers together so that we show case the kind of work we do. The ultimate aim that we want to achieve is to promote co-publication and interdisciplinary research.”


Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof Sechaba Mahlomaholo delivered a keynote address where he talked about the transformation of the university from being a historically disadvantaged university towards one in which the institution becomes known for excellence providing relevant learning and teaching and research services.


“No other mechanism enables us to transform ourselves towards becoming that which we inspire for, better than research. Excellence in research firmly places WSU on the cutting edge of knowledge and its production in the country and in the world and it wins for us a place of respect among our peers.”


The event saw an opportunity for all faculties within the institution to showcase on the work they have done so far concerning research.


Prof Mlungiseleli Jadezweni, Mthatha Campus Ractor said, “ The campus is driven in its excellence quest to partner with regional and international institutions through strategic agreements and expanded research networks through the increased intake or international academic, postdoctoral fellows and postgraduate students.”


Mrs N. Mbambisa from the Department of Basic Education has challenged the institution to partner with the department in inspiring the learners from Grade 4 to Grade 12 in taking up Science in the province.


“We are working on a project called Eskom Science Expo for young scientists; we call out on WSU to be part of us. We need both the students and lecturers for mentoring and judging of the projects our learners work on and we invite you to sponsor these learners with bursaries.”


The event was closed off with researchers tabling their areas of concern and suggestions towards improving research in the institution.



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