Happy New Year!
It’s a new year! Compliments of the season, everybody. We do hope that you had a splendid festive season, and we wish you all the best for the year of 2016. May the new year bless you all with an abundance of new opportunities to fulfil all your goals and dreams.
Some of you will be reading this, and thinking “well my wish is to start a research degree”. Well now is the perfect time! Strting your research degree is right up there with important life-changing goals like getting a job, having a child, or buying a new home… so don’t take it lightly.
Jobs for IT Students in South Africa
As thousands of youths apply toward a university degree in South Africa, many students also walk away from their respective institutions with university degrees in hand. A large number of those students are looking to begin their respective careers in the IT industry, having had their fair share Computer Science tuition and a few years of experience gathered from class.
Twenty rate for teaching excellence
A ceremony will be held on 25 November to reward the 20 staff members selected for the Rector’s Awards for Teaching Excellence.
RATE awards serve to recognise and reward VUT academic staff members (full-time and part-time) who practise excellence in teaching based on established domestic and international criteria in higher education.
Working in Synergy to Achieve a Common Goal
As researchers it is not unfounded to work on our own. In fact, most of us do work alone, hours conducting research or constructing a formulated, unassailable argument. But studies prove that working alone is detrimental, and that we should, at every opportunity try to involve others in our work.
Psychologists at Stanford University have found that just by receiving cues that they may be working in synergy with others is enough to motivate researchers far beyond the motivation they receive from working on their own. What was particularly surprising was the intrinsic motivation of working together. This suggests that tasks conducted while working in a team are tasks and functions that the individual actually wants to perform.
Top honour for VUT researchers
The Research Department of the Vaal University of Technology held the Annual Research Awards on 12 November 2015 at the Emerald Casino.
The aim of the awards is to honour and acknowledge researchers of the institution for their achievements during 2014. The awards were handed over to six researchers in two categories which included research achievement and research excellence.