Unizulu hosts 2017 Re­search Awards

Eyethu Baywatch - - NEWS • IZINDABA -

ACA­DEMICS were hon­oured at the 2017 Univer­sity of Zu­l­u­land’s Re­search Awards cer­e­mony held at Um­folozi Casino Re­sort in Em­pan­geni.

The an­nual event recog­nises var­i­ous peo­ple for their sig­nif­i­cant re­search and in­no­va­tion at­tain­ments through­out the year.

‘The year 2017 has been very pro­duc­tive. I was pleas­antly sur­prised to see im­prove­ment in not only the num­ber of re­searchers, but also in the out­put qual­ity,’ said Pro­fes­sor Gideon de Wet, Deputy ViceChan­cel­lor for Re­search and In­no­va­tion at Unizulu.

He also ap- plauded the ef­forts the aca­demics are putting into su­per­vis­ing post­grad­u­ate stu­dents.

‘The im­pact of the lat­ter is shown by the in­creased num­ber of post­grad­u­ate stu­dents dur­ing the 2017 grad­u­a­tion cer­e­monies.’

Deputy Vice-Chan­cel­lor for Re­search, In­no­va­tion and Part­ner­ships at the Univer­sity of Lim­popo, Prof Je­sika Singh, who was in­vited as the guest speaker at the event, en­cour­aged re­searchers to be­lieve in the work they do.

‘Hard work is the great­est driver. If you work hard, suc­cess will fol­low. I con­grat­u­late all the awardees and nom­i­nees; you are the hard work­ers of this univer­sity.

‘I would like to en­cour­age you to keep go­ing strong and keep your dreams and as­pi­ra­tions aglow with sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work. I wish you suc­cess in all your ven­tures. Re­mem­ber to keep the flag of the univer­sity fly­ing high all the time,’ said Prof Singh.

The pres­ti­gious Re­search Depart­ment of the Year awards went to the De­part­ments of Pol­i­tics and In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, Bio­chem­istry and Mi­cro­bi­ol­ogy as well as Eco­nom­ics, which re­ceived first, sec­ond and third prizes re­spec­tively.

Pro­fes­sor Gre­gory Kamwendo, Arts Faculty Dean and Prof An­to­nia Nzama, Arts Faculty Deputy Dean, de­lighted af­ter their faculty scooped first prize for the Re­search Depart­ment of the Year award

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