Unizulu hosts 2017 Research Awards
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