Professor Raymond Mabuza Executive Dean of Applied and Computer Sciences
“Our researchers have a unique view of what matters and what works with regards to research,” said Executive Dean of Applied and Computer Sciences and Principal Professor Raymond Mabuza at the Annual Research Awards for 2016.
“These research awards are an acknowledgement of those who are committed to writing up citations and publishing in journals under the VUT umbrella. We find it playing a very important role in enhancing the experience of our students. Students are introduced, by their supervisors and promoters, to the value of a new discovery. By collaborating with the world’s top researchers, they bring in innovation.”
Prizes were awarded in the following categories: Acknowledgement for contributing towards research in 2016, Acknowledgement for obtaining an NRF rating in 2017, Acknowledgement for NSTF-South32 achievement as well as the Advancement and an Excellence award.
Prof Chengedzai Mafini first place on Advancement award
In the Advancement category, second place went to Dr Pierre Joubert and first place to Prof Chengedzai Mafini. The Excellence award was won by Prof Roy Dhurup who published 19 articles. This category was classified according to the work load of each researcher.
The research department has vowed that in the next award ceremony there will be new categories added.
In closure, Dr Simphiwe Nelana quipped that winning is a burden as once you win you have to maintain the standard: “Please maintain the standard, make us proud and continue waving the VUT flag high,” he said to the winners.