Sunday, April 20, 2014

Exciting times ahead for VUT/India Collaboration

In November 2011, Professor Louw: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Research, Professor Deon de Beer: Executive Director; Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI) and Mr Jay Irkhede: Director Footwear and Leather; Department of Trade and Industry - South Africa, signed a Memorandum of Understanding between The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) and the Footwear Development Institute of India (FDDI).

According to Mr Irkhede from the DTI, VUT has demonstrated great potential and indicated willingness in partnering with the FDDI to design skills, innovation and research with the capacity to undertake incubation throughout the process. This was made possible through the reputation of VUT and our sound track record of being sector-specific and well-resourced to become a partner of choice for the FDDI’s expansion programme in Southern Africa.


Socially relevant research
- The VUT/Eskom Colloquium

On the 3 November 2012, the Vaal University of Technology (VUT) hosted a VUT/Eskom Partnership Colloquium on ‘Applicable Research: Opportunities and Possibilities’. There were three focus areas: water and environment, engineering (in particular additive manufacturing) and health security. Presenters came from VUT, Eskom and international institutions .

“Eskom is one of the many industries in the area and a partnership makes sense on multiple levels,” says Dr Bernadette Johnson, Director: Research at VUT. “It’s a mutually beneficial relationship. A number of Eskom staff have been trained at VUT or are currently doing Master’s and Doctoral studies, and there are numerous correlations in terms of research areas. It also fits directly into applicable research, the theme of the colloquium.”


2011 Annual Research Report - E Book

VUT’s Annual Research Report provides an overview of the University's research outputs and centres of excellence activities for the year in review. It provides a record of each faculty's activities,publishing, conference proceedings, capacity and expertise.


Grand celebrations at the Annual Research Awards 2012 

The Riviera Conference on the Vaal River was abuzz with activity on 22 November 2012, and the air was filled with anxiety as recipients and Management gathered to honour those researchers that have made their mark this year in “Research that Matters”. Modern pull-up banners and wall banners, bearing thought provoking messages served as a backdrop in the hallways. The audience gathered around them and appreciated the creativity and messages of hope. Recipients wined and dined and celebrated the evening in style.


Providing better Amadumbe varieties for consumers

Amadumbe is a vegetatively propagated plant that grows in many countries in Asia, Africa and Central America. It is grown widely in home gardens in the higher rainfall areas of South Africa. The plant is also known as taro in some countries. Amadumbe is used as a staple food and is rich in carbohydrates, proteins minerals and vitamins.  In spite of taro’s value as a food source, few studies has been conducted to genetically improve the crop. The taxonomy (names) of taro is not well established and cultivars are usually named from the place where they are collected. The plant varies widely in size, color and number of corms they produce. The genetic variation of the species has not been investigated in detail. A wealth of genetic resources exists but attempts to conserve the germplasm and use it to solve production problems that have not been successful.


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