International accolade for Prof. Deon de Beer
Recognition for one’s hard work, commitment and dedication to one’s trade is always an opportunity to conquer new barriers and reach for greater heights. Professor Deon de Beer: Executive Director Technology Transfer and Innovation received a world recognition award at an international conference held in Leiria Portugal at the end of last year.
Work of art displayed on world stage
Oupa Vusi is fast becoming famous for his intriguing design and creativity. He is from the interior design background from Tshwane University of Technology and joined Vaal University of Technology as an intern at the Technology Station. He has since produced pieces that place him amongst the world renowned business woman and designer such as the like of Carrol Boyes. Oupa Vusi’s products are handmade from concept to execution/final product. His work provides artistic skills from design element to induce the human touch into the mechanical environment.
His two pieces are titled: "To Barbara" and "The Swivel Tsonga"
Perks of Committing Research
by Dr. James Swart
Committing research! Sounds like a crime of some sort, such as committing murder or committing adultery, which are sometimes deliberate and calculated, being carried out with meaningful intent. However, research is not a crime, it’s an obsession! Moreover, the word “commit” is not always associated with crime, but may also be applied to those who pledge themselves to other courses of action, such as research, being deliberate and calculated in their pursuit of new knowledge. Dedicated researchers often show their commitment by their daily words and actions, as they ooze problem statements and research methodologies. The concept of “committing research” may not be new to some researchers, as Prof Louw (DVC: Academic and Research) has often spoken about this on past occasions.
Biggest RAPDASA Conference of its kind
The Vaal University of Technology, on behalf of the Rapid Production Development Association of South Africa (RAPDASA), together with its collaborators hosted the biggest conference of its kind in South Africa at the Riverside Lifestyle Hotel & Conference Centre in Vanderbijlpark in November 2011.
Excited delegates praised VUT for the arrangements and grand style that was executed at the conference. Many hours of strenuous planning went into the largest conference in the history of RAPDASA. As a partner of RAPDASA, were the proud to be part of it for the second consecutive year.
Watch highlights from the VUT Research, Innovation & RATE Awards
The Vaal University of Technology was delighted to host its annual Awards honouring teaching excellence, research and innovation accomplishments. Recipients were presented at a special evening at the Riverside Lifestyle Resort in Vanderbijlpark on the 24th November 2011.
VUT Excellence Awards and VUT Achievement Awards are presented annually which recognises exceptional research and research-related scholarly activities at the university. Awards for the top three researchers are made in each category annually.
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