WSU to award six PhD’s at upcoming October graduation

OCTOBER 17, 2016

Six academics from Walter Sisulu University’s health sciences and educational sciences faculties will climb the academic ladder as they’re set to receive their doctoral degrees at the institution’s graduation ceremony at the Mthatha campus on Wednesday 19 October.

This latest achievement will bring the number of doctoral degrees conferred by the University in this year to 14, following the eight PhD’s that were conferred during the May graduations.

A further 20 Masters and 26 Honours degrees will be conferred upon postgraduate students out of the total 807 graduands set to receive their certificates, diplomas and degrees during the ceremony, bringing the total tally to over 5 800 the number of students, including the May cohort, that have graduated from the University this year.

“Wednesday we must celebrate the efforts of our academic staff and the students.  In our May graduation season, we capped over 5,000 graduands. During our October graduation, we’ll be capping another 807. Such achievements do not come in a vacuum and we must say a special thank you to the sterling effort of the parents, family and friends, and especially the teachers who supported you along your educational journey,” says WSU Vice Chancellor Prof Rob Midgley.

The theses and dissertations of the doctoral degrees and Masters graduands are premised largely on Eastern Cape-based issues and cover varied disciplines such as psychology, physiology, pathology, microbiology, education, chemistry, social work and geography.

Some of the research looked at pertinent issues such as:

“Genes encoding antibiotic resistance pathogenicity and phylogenetic profiles of local isolates of Klebsiella species” by Sandeep Vasaiker

“Oxidative stress and antioxidant status in type 2 diabetic patients with retinopathy in Mthatha” by Farzana Ganjifrockwala

“An exploration of the support provided to principles of schools by circuit managers in Ngcobo” by Sakhiwo Mpoposhe

“Facilitating metacognition in Mathematics teachers of the OR Tambo DM” by Themba Salizwa

“The role of biomarkers in the management of premature stroke in the Eastern Cape” by Asongatsha Forka

“Blood glucose in peri-operative paediatric patients” Erdee Combrinck

 “Perceptions of multicultural and western-type approaches to psychology by  a sample of EC healthcare professionals” by Ntombikayise Matutu

WSU Spokesperson Yonela Tukwayo was quick to highlight the pertinence of the research being conducted by the graduands.

“As a largely rural-based institution working within this context, it is absolutely critical that WSU, through its teaching, learning and research, produces graduates that possess the necessary analytical and research skills and expertise to create evidence and scientific-based workable solutions in varied arenas to confront our social upheavals,” she said.

Of the 807 students to be capped, 57% will be female, whilst 43% will be male.