Building Community Engaged Scholarship at VUT
“Universities…are increasingly expected to play a leadership role in addressing problems of the larger community by engaging with practitioners outside of the academy…Engagement educates students for democratic citizenship, mobilizes multiple forms of knowledge, and leverages the capacities of all the participants to improve community well-being” (Action Agenda for Community Engaged Scholarship’s newsletter entitled” Change, July/August 2013).”
Staff qualification development at VUT
VUT is extremely committed to academic staff completing their Masters and Doctoral qualifications. In the past 3 months the university through the Research Directorate has spent close to R4 Million on staff qualification development. During June the Research Marketing and Information Unit using Survey Monkey established what staff needs are in order for us to be more focused in the way in which we support staff.
VUT successful hosting of international NanoAfrica 2014 conference
VUT’s Department of chemistry and South African Nanotechnology initiatives hosted one of the exciting international conference in nanoscience and nanotechnology in South Africa. This was the fifth NanoAfrica conference following announcement in the last conference which was hosted by UFS, department of physics. The conference was well attended with countries such as Poland, Pakistan, Tanzania, Nigeria, Zimbabwe presenting various aspects of their research outcomes and trends alongside plenary speakers. The plenary speakers included well established researchers, Paul Obrien (UK), Juan Morante (Spain), Petra Bele (Germany), Ivo Hummelgen (Brazil).
Stable Economy Essential
Interview on SABC: Education and Skills and the Economy an Analysis of the State of the Nation Address.
Massive conference attendance by Chemistry staff and students at the South African Chemical Institute Convention
The Department of Chemistry sent the largest number of delegates in the biannual South African Chemical Institute (SACI) convention that took place in East London from 1st to 6th December 2013. The convention always host researchers from all the over the country and some international plenary and keynote speakers representing all fields of chemistry including physical, inorganic, organic, applied, industrial, materials, analytical chemistry as well as nanotechnology. There were more than 300 delegates attending the conference and VUT had about 21 delegates supported by both the Research Directorate and Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences. Staff mostly attended in support of the postgraduate students except oral presentations given by Dr. Vusi Pakade, Ms. Thokozani Xaba (DTech student), Dr. Wankasi (Postdoc) and the invited keynote lecture by Prof. Makwena Moloto.
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