Research blossoms in VC's eight-year tenure

23 June 2008

Research had blossomed at this university and could not have flourished if not lead by a VC who "cares very much about research", Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Danie Visser said of outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Njabulo S Ndebele. He was speaking at a function to celebrate UCT's research endeavour.

A copy of the 2007 Research Report was presented to Prof Ndebele, honouring his contribution during his eight-year tenure.

Guest speakers at the function were Professor Mzamo Mangaliso, president and CEO of the National Research Foundation (NRF), and Dr Bethuel Sehlapelo, deputy director-general, Department of Science and Technology.

Mangaliso said UCT research satisfied three key national criteria: producing world-class research that contributed to transforming society while ensuring a sustainable environment.

He commended the university for having produced 30 of the country's 69 NRF A-rated researchers and 277 of the NRF's rated researchers, in all categories.

In his response, Prof Ndebele confirmed steady growth in a number of sectors.

"Research funding [at UCT] has grown from R240 million in 2003 to R547 million in 2007, publications have grown from 563 units in 2003 to 892 units in 2006, and our postgraduate scholarships have grown from R10 million in 2003 to R21 million in 2007."

He lauded the researchers, research support staff and the leadership of the former DVC for research, Prof Cheryl de la Rey, for their passion and commitment.

"I'm proud to leave UCT in a good position and on an upward trajectory."

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