The University of Venda and Walter Sisulu University continue to generate new knowledge

OCTOBER 4, 2016

University of Venda (UNIVEN) and Walter Sisulu University (WSU) through their existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will co-host their second joint international research conference as one of the platforms for the dissemination of generated knowledge.

A three-day conference, supported by SABC Limpopo, is scheduled to take place at the Ranch Protea Hotel in Polokwane, Limpopo Province starting from 05 – 07 October 2016.

The theme of the 2nd UNIVEN-WSU International Research Conference is Galvanising Development through Research and Innovation which actually builds from the foundation and success of the previous one. Presentations have been clustered into the following six related subthemes:

-           Commercialization of research findings,

-           Innovative application of Indigenous Knowledge Systems,

-          Language and educational research,

-           Burden of disease,

-           Law, commerce and governance, and

-           Climate change and sustainable development.

 Univen’s Director of Research and Innovation who is also the chairperson of Scientific Committee of the conference, Prof Georges-Ivo Ekosse indicated that the participation of the Vice-Chancellors of three of our international collaborating institutions, namely  Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST), Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) from Kenya and University of Ibadan (UI), Ibadan, Nigeria will certainly add value to the generation of knowledge.

During the conference there will be a round table discussion on the topic: Towards the Advancement of Efforts in Galvanising Development through Research and Innovation conducted in Universities which will be led by a highly informed panel consisting of the five Vice Chancellors of UNIVEN, WSU, BIUST, MMUST, and UI; and selected Senior Managers of Government Departments responsible for Science and Technology.

This strong leadership with colleagues from other institutions both in South Africa and beyond its borders will intellectually engage with postgraduate students and researchers for possible growth of existing research initiatives.

The conference is expecting about 500 participants who will be making over 470 oral and poster presentations.

The 1st UNIVEN-WSU International Research Conference was held on 04 – 06 September 2015 at the East London International Convention Centre (ELICC), East London, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Its theme: Research and Innovation for Sustainable Development and the Transformation of Society was a reflection of an increasing cry in the usage of diverse forms of, and findings from, research and innovation in the transformation of particularly developing societies for their betterment. Over 450 oral and poster presentations were made with a sizable presence of international participants