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Walter Sisulu University hosts two-day research development indaba

APRIL 19, 2017
Walter Sisulu University hosts two-day research development indaba

The Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Department of Academic Affairs and Research will bounce heads for two days, with other researchers from various South African universities, hosting a two day research development indaba on 20 – 21 April in East London, at the ICC Premier hotel. 

This follows the WSU campus visits in which the Deputy Vice Chancellor, for Academic Affairs and Research (DVC), Professor Sechaba Mahlomaholo and the Acting Director of Research, Dr Bandla Cishe emphasized the strengthening of research teams aimed at improving research productivity and output at WSU.

This event is aimed primarily at research development in education as an academic discipline. Similar activities will be conducted for other disciplines during the course of the year.

The event is part of one WSU’s Strategic Goal and it also attempts to make efforts which link with South African Education Research Association’s (SAERA) constitutional imperatives.

The indaba will address the theme “Transformation as Excellence in Research” which will be pursued very strongly during the two days. This event will be heralded by a launch of the special issue of Southern African Review of Education (SARE) in which Prof Mahlomaholo the WSU DVC guest edited, and has also contributed a lead article therein.

The objective for the launch is to look at how they can contribute meaningfully to SARE, incorporating Education with Production (EWP) to accomplish the objectives of the peer-reviewed journal.

This will provide a platform for the critical discussions of education to contribute in a variety of disciplinary perspectives, for the dissemination of current research and reflections on education.

The research indaba will work to depeen collaborations of education from the various universities in South Africa. WSU will assemble a broad, cross-disciplinary audience of scholars, researchers and practitioners in various academic fields and institutions with an objective for quality education, and this will be followed by a Gala dinner to wind up the two days’deliberations creating networking opportunities.

The panel for discussions will comprise of Professor Sechaba Mahlomaholo Deputy Vice Chancellor from (WSU), Professor Alsam Fataar Stellenbosch University (SU), Professor Carol Betrams University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN) Professor Adele Moodly UFH and Professor Reynold Sonn (WSU).

Other panelists will be Dr Prince Jaca (WSU), Dr Moeketsi Tladi (UFS), Dr Milton Nkwane UFS), Dr Boitumelo Moreeng Sol Plaatjie University (SPU) and Dr Fomunyam Kehdinga George from (UKZN).

Other WSU guest editors on the Perspectives in the Education journal are Mr Mzolisi Payi and Dr Cishe. SARE constitutes a distinctive recongnition for amongst education journals locally and abroad.