Big science: Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena (second from left) visited Prof David Jacob's (right) display. Also in picture are the NRF's Prof Mzamo Mangaliso (left) and VC Prof Njabulo S Ndebele.
UCT has secured 19 of the next 51 national research chairs, part of the Department of Science and Technology's South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), announced by the Minister of Science and Technology yesterday.
Eighteen of these candidates have accepted the award and will take up their positions over the next months.
In December 2006, UCT secured seven of the first 21 chairs, established in strategic research areas at higher education institutions to reverse the country's research decline. UCT now hosts approximately 35% of the 72 SARChI chairs.
The 18 successful UCT candidates are:
The DST plans to establish 210 research chairs by 2010, fostering high-level research capacity and creating a "brain gain", Minister of Science and Technology Mosibudi Mangena said at the launch.
Thirty six percent of the current chairs are held by black researchers.
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