The Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof Jan Crafford (left) during the official opening of the Maiden Univen Research and Innovation High Level Stakeholders Forum.
The forum was set to appraise the achievements and shortcomings of research, innovation, technology transfer, and postgraduate enterprise at UNIVEN from 2012 to date. It also served as a singular platform in developing resolutions for the effective and efficient administration and management of future research and innovation, technology transfer and postgraduate enterprise at UNIVEN.
The Director of Research and Innovation, Senior Professor Georges-Ivo Ekosse said that by 2020 UNIVEN should be among the top ten universities in the country in terms of research output and it is the University’s primary objective. “We want to see an increase of doctoral degrees at UNIVEN. We want this dream to be realised despite all odds,” said Prof Ekosse.
Today we are having 26 National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researchers and by 2020 we should have 35 and most importantly we want to have the number of female rated researchers increased – Senior Prof Georges Ekosse.
He further said that the research will mainly focus on the current university niche areas such as African Heritage; Earth Systems and the Environment; Human and Animal Health; Law and Education; and Sustainable and Rural Development. “South Africa is spearheading other African countries when it comes to research and is the giant of Africa in terms of knowledge generation. With regards to publications he reported that the University was performing above national average which is commendable. In 2012 UNIVEN was at 127.88 research publications units and in 2015 we were at 271 research publications units. It shows that we have grown exponentially in terms of publications,” added Prof Ekosse.
He also pleaded with the colleagues from the research councils to assist UNIVEN in achieving its dream. According to the research output (this includes research
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Date: 01 August 2017