NRF Rated Researchers

The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of our researchers against the best in the world. NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers. The rating system encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers.

The rating of individuals is based primarily on the quality and impact of their research outputs over the past eight years, taking into consideration the evaluation made by local and international peers. It identifies researchers who count among the leaders in their fields of expertise and gives recognition to those who constantly produce high quality research outputs. Several South African universities use the outcomes of the NRF evaluation and rating process to position themselves as research-intensive institutions, while others provide incentives for their staff members to acquire and maintain a rating and give special recognition to top-rated researchers.

An A-rating is given to researchers who are recognised by their peers as leading international scholars in their field, and for the high quality and impact of their recent research.

A P-rating is given to young researchers, usually younger than 35, who have the potential to become leaders in their field.

B-rated researchers enjoy considerable international recognition by their peers for the high quality and impact of their recent research.

C-rated researchers are established researchers with a sustained recent record of productivity in their field.

Y-rated researchers are 40 years of age or younger, who have held a doctorate or equivalent qualification for 5 years at the time of application, and who are recognised as having the potential to establish themselves within a 5-year period of the evaluation.

Preparing to become a rated researcher

Professor Amidou Samie – NRF Rated Researcher
Professor Amidou Samie – NRF Rated Researcher
Rating: C1 Rating Category: Established researcher Research Specialization: Molecular Parasitology and Water Related Parasitology, Childhood Diarrhea and Malnutrition, Immunomodulatory Effects of Medicinal Plants, Opportunistic Infections in HIV and AIDS, Infectious Diseases, Opportunistic Infections, HIV and AIDS - Research, Candida and HIV, Parasites

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Professor Michael Chimonyo – NRF Rated Researcher
Professor Michael Chimonyo – NRF Rated Researcher
Rating: B2 Faculty: Science, Engineering and Agriculture Rating category: International acclaimed researcher Research Specialization: Characterization in Animal Genetic Resources Phone: 015 962 8000 Email: Michael.Chimonyo@univen.ac.za

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Senior Professor GE Ekosse – NRF Rated Researcher
Senior Professor GE Ekosse – NRF Rated Researcher
Name: Prof Georges Ivo Ekosse Ekosse Rating: C1 Rating category: Established Researcher Research Specialization: Chemistry of Clay Minerals, Clay Minerals, Applied, Environmental Geology, Environmental Health, Extraction Metallurgy, Soil Mineralogy, Environmental Geochemistry

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Professor Yoshan Moodley – NRF Rated Researcher
Professor Yoshan Moodley – NRF Rated Researcher
Designation: Professor Qualification: DPHIL (UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN) Telephone: 0159628000 Email: yoshan.moodley@univen.ac.za Office: LIFE SCIENCES Building

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Prof Ntebogeng Mokgalaka-Fleischmann – Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Agriculture
Prof Ntebogeng Mokgalaka-Fleischmann – Executive Dean, Faculty of Science, Engineering and Agriculture
Prof Mokgalaka-Fleischmann holds a DTech degree in Chemistry from Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and an MBA in Education Management from Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences, Finland. She is a Full Professor of Chemistry and a C2-NRF rated researcher with more than 20 years’ experience in higher education as a lecturer, researcher and academic leader. She is a member of the South African Chemical Society (SACI) and a South African Council of Natural Scientific Professions (SACNASP) registered professional scientist. Tel: +27 15 962 8107 / 8317 Email: ntebogeng.mokgalaka@univen.ac.za

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Professor Pascal Obong Bessong – Director – SAMRC-UNIVEN Unit on Antimicrobial Resistance and Global Health Research
Professor Pascal Obong Bessong – Director – SAMRC-UNIVEN Unit on Antimicrobial Resistance and Global Health Research
His research focuses on microbiological investigations impacting on translational science and global health. Specifically, he is interested in host and viral determinants of HIV drug resistance and the sustainability of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART); the impact of HAART on the pathogenesis of malignancy associated viruses; and the interaction of enteric viruses, vaccine response, gut integrity, growth and development in young children, particularly in populations of low socio-economic status.

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Dr Jakub Urbaniak – Senior Lecturer – Department of Human Sciences – Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education
Dr Jakub Urbaniak – Senior Lecturer – Department of Human Sciences – Faculty of Humanities, Social Science and Education
Dr Jakub Urbaniak is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Human Sciences. He has worked for over 12 years in the higher education sector in South Africa. He specialises in Constructive Theology (in particular Black Theology of Liberation, Eco-Feminist and Queer Theologies), Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Interfaith Dialogue (especially Buddhist-Christian Dialogue), as well as spiritual and ethical dimensions of Environmental Migration.

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Professor Nosisi Nellie Feza – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, NRF Rated Researcher: Research and Post Graduate Studies
Professor Nosisi Nellie Feza – Deputy Vice-Chancellor, NRF Rated Researcher: Research and Post Graduate Studies
Qualifications: Ph.D in Mathematics Education from State University of New York at Buffalo in the United states of America (USA) and M.Ed, Mathematics Education from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Phone: +27 962 9388 Email: nosisi.feza@univen.ac.za

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