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        Research and Innovation Awards Ceremony

        Research and Innovation Awards Ceremony

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        The 2019 Research and Innovation Awards were held on the 22nd November 2019 at the Hilton Hotel, Durban, to recognise excellence and achievements of the DUT researchers and innovators. The University has experienced rapid growth in its research performance over the last five years, achieving above its planned targets for the period 2015-2019 and in terms of the impact of the publications (according to Scival accessed 31st October 2019), DUT performed above the global average of 1.

        This increase is due to the efforts of those staff who strive for excellence, completed their doctorates, published in high impact journals, supervised pools of postgraduate students and competed for external grants to support the R&I activities.

        In terms of actual institutional counts for 2019, DUT recorded 238.40 publications with 262 unique authors of which 35% (92) are female and 65%(170) are male. The percentage of academic staff with doctorates has increased from 24% (2017) to 29.6% (2019). The postgraduate percentage of enrolments has remained at 4% of the total enrolments. Additionally, in 2019, DUT supported 491 postgraduate students from both institutional and NRF grants that amounted to a total of R33 043 174. The number of National Research Foundation researchers increased from 30 in 2018 to 37 in 2019. In 2019, of the 37 NRF Rated Researchers, 30% are female and 70% are male. We hope to continue focusing on this to increase the number of female rated researchers.

        The main host of the institutional awards, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Thandwa Zizwe Mthembu, emphasised the importance of performance management and how the R&I awards measure precisely key indicators which can identify staff who perform above the average. For 2019, the staff who had excelled above average in the R&I areas would get incentives which had been discussed with the DVC for Research, Innovation & Engagement. This was the first time the University has recognised R&I performance significantly and in line with benchmarked values! .

        They keynote speakers for the awards evening included Dr Molapo Qhobela the Chief Executive Officer of the National Research Foundation. Dr Qhobela’s talk focussed on the need to continue to strive for excellence in research, promoting academic autonomy combined with research ethics and integrity. He further commended the researchers at the University for their hard work that has resulted in the growth of research outputs.

        The second keynote speaker, Mr Sandras J. Phiri, Director: Startup Grind South Africa and CEO and co-founder: Africa Trust Academy, spoke about self-investment. He went further to explain that it is important for individuals to value themselves and explained that this is the basis of building the platform for entrepreneurship.

        The awards evening was also attended by external stakeholders such as Councillor Fawzia Peer, Ms Susan D Knowles, Educational Specialist, Corporate Affairs, U.S. Embassy, Consulate General Durban  and Acting Consul General Ding Qiao from the Chinse Consulate General and Mr Mahmoud Youssef Baker from the IQRAA Trust (member of the DUT Foundation & Donor). Internal guests included Dr Isaac Machi, DVC: People and Operations; Prof Sibusiso Moyo, DVC: Research Innovation and Engagement; Prof Kevin Duffy, Research and Postgraduate Director (Acting); Executive Deans: Prof Nokuthula Sibiya (Health Sciences) and Prof Suren Singh (Applied Sciences); Deputy Deans: Prof Paul Musonge (Engineering and the Built Environment) and Prof Brian Pearce (Arts & Design); Dr Vuyo Mthethwa, Senior Director: Human Resources; Dr Frank Wu, Confucius Institute; Prof Faizal Bux, Director: Institute for Water and Wastewater and DUT – Staff and Postgraduate Students.

        The DVC Research, Innovation & Engagement, Professor Sibusiso Moyo, acknowledged the Vice-Chancellors’ strategic vision and intervention in scaling up the 2019 R&I awards and promoting excellence and performance management which would ensure our researchers have something to aspire to with clear indicators which will be refined to ensure everyone understands how they can participate and compete for the R&I awards from 2020 onwards. She thanked the Research and Postgraduate Support Directorate, the Guest Speakers, Guests, Staff and students.

        The highlights of the evening were the recipients who excelled based on their 2018 outputs inclusive of a number of indicators over and above the publications, postgraduate students supervised and grants acquired including mentorship of emerging researchers. Congratulations to the following recipients:

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        1 VICE-CHANCELLOR’S AWARD Professor Faizal Bux Institute for Water & Wastewater Technology
        2 SENIOR RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD
        Professor Nokuthula Maureen Sibiya Faculty of Health Sciences
        3 WOMEN RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD 
        Professor Nirmala Dorasamy  Faculty of Management Sciences
        4 JUNIOR RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD 
        Dr Dumsile Hlengwa Faculty of Management Sciences
        5 RESEARCH INITIATIVE
        OF THE YEAR
        Professor Krishnan Kanny Composite Research Group
        6 RESEARCH GROUP
        OF THE YEAR
        Professor Krishnan Kanny Composite Research Group
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        INNOVATOR OF THE
        OF THE YEAR AWARD (GROUP)   

         

         

         

         

         

         

         

        Dr Venugopala, Katharigatta
        Narayanaswamy
        Faculty of Applied Sciences
        Prof Bharti Odhav Faculty of Applied Sciences
        Dr Mohanlall, Viresh Faculty of Applied Sciences
        Mr Kasumbwe Kabange Faculty of Applied Sciences
        8   

         

         

         

         

        CREATIVE OUTPUTS OF
        THE YEAR AWARD  

         

         

         

         

        Prof Debbie Lutge Department of Drama
        Mr Mdu Mtshali Department of Drama
        Ms Jo Voysey Department of Fine Arts and Jewellery Design
        9 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD
        Platinum category 
        Dr Odunayo Olarewaju Department of Management Accounting
        10 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD 
        Gold Category
        Prof Richard Millham Department of Information Technology
        11 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD 
        Platinum category
        Prof Innocent Davidson Department of Electrical Power Engineering
        12 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD
        Gold Category
        Dr Yusuf Isa Department of Chemical Engineering
        13 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD
        Platinum category
        Prof Poovendhree Reddy Department of Community Health Studies
        14 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD
        Gold Category
        Professor Firoza Haffejee Department of Basic Medical Sciences
        15 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD 
        Platinum category
        Professor Nirmala Dorasamy Department of Governance and Economics
        16 FACULTY RESEARCHER
        OF THE YEAR AWARD 
        Gold Category
        Dr Robert Walter Dumisani Zondo Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management
        17 TOP PUBLISHED MASTERS STUDENT
        OF THE YEAR AWARD
        Mr Bakusele Kabane Department of Chemistry
        18 UNIVERSITY TOP PUBLISHED DOCTORAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD Mr Nyane Ezekiel Macdonald Mofokeng Faculty of Management Sciences
        19 FACULTY TOP PUBLISHED DOCTORAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR Dr Rajasekhar Chokkareddy Faculty of Applied Sciences
        Department of Chemistry
        20 FACULTY TOP PUBLISHED DOCTORAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR Dr Grace Temiloluwa Agbede Faculty of Arts & Design
        Department fo Media Language and Communication
        21 FACULTY TOP PUBLISHED DOCTORAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR Mr Isaac Opeyemi Olalere Faculty of Eng & the Built Environment
        Department of Industrial Engineering
        22 FACULTY TOP PUBLISHED DOCTORAL STUDENT OF THE YEAR Dr Stanley Chibuzor Onwubu Faculty of Health Sciences
        Department of Dental Sciences
        23 RECOGNITION AWARD: IN
        RECOGNITION OF RECEIVING
        THE ENI AWARD IN THE CATEGORY:
        YOUNG TALENTS FROM AFRICA
        Mr Emmanuel Kweinor Tetteh Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
        Department of Chemical Engineering
        24 RESEARCH IMPACT AWARD: Professor Faizal Bux Institute for Water and Wastewater Technology
        25 TOP UNIVERSITY JOURNAL PUBLISHERS
        FOR ACCREDITED
        OUTPUTS – Gold category
        Professor Dimov Stojce Ilcev Space Science Institute
        26 TOP UNIVERSITY JOURNAL PUBLISHERS
        FOR ACCREDITED
        OUTPUTS – Silver category
        Professor Nokuthula Maureen Sibiya Faculty of Health Sciences
        27 TOP UNIVERSITY JOURNAL PUBLISHERS
        FOR ACCREDITED
        OUTPUTS – Bronze category
        Dr Robert Walter Dumisani Zondo Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management
        28 TOP JOURNAL PUBLISHERS FOR
        ACCREDITED OUTPUTS (PDFS, RAS & RFS)
        Dr Andrea Giampiccoli Research Fellow: Faculty of Management Sciences
        29 TOP JOURNAL PUBLISHERS FOR
        ACCREDITED OUTPUTS (PDFS, RAS & RFS)
        Dr Zloshchastiev Konstantin Research Fellow: Institute for System Science
        30 NEWLY RATED RESEARCHERS –
        Y2 CATEGORY
        Dr Lawrence Madikizela Faculty of Applied Sciences
        Department of Chemistry
        31 NEWLY RATED RESEARCHERS –
        C2 CATERGORY
        Professor Oluwatosin Ademola Ijabadeniyi Faculty of Applied Sciences Biotechnology and Food Technology
        32 NEWLY RATED RESEARCHERS –
        Y2 CATEGORY
        Dr Anisa Vahed Faculty of Health Sciences
        Dental Sciences
        33 NEWLY RATED RESEARCHERS –
        Y2 CATEGORY
        Dr Saheed Sabiu Faculty of Applied Sciences Biotechnology and Food Technology
        34 NEWLY RATED RESEARCHERS –
        Y2 CATEGORY
        Dr Oludolapo Akanni Olanrewaju Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environemnt
        Department of Industrial Engineering
        35 RE-RATED RESEARCHERS – B1 CATEGORY Professor Michael Chapman Faculty of Arts & Design
        36 RE-RATED RESEARCHERS – C3 CATEGORY Professor Kevin Duffy Institute for System Science
        37 RE-RATED RESEARCHERS – C2 CATEGORY Professor Geoffrey Harris Peace Studies Programme
        Faculty of Management Sciences
        38 RE-RATED RESEARCHERS – C1 CATEGORY Professor Krishnan Kanny Faculty of Engineering & the Built Environemnt
        Department of Mechanical Engineering
        39 RE-RATED RESEARCHERS – B2 CATEGORY Professor Julia Preece Faculty of Arts & Design
        Unit of Adult and Community Education 
        40 RE-RATED RESEARCHERS – B3 CATEGORY Professor Suren Singh Faculty of Applied Sciences
        41 RECOGNITION OF SUPERVISORS
        Gold category
        Professor Nokuthula Maureen Sibiya Faculty of Health Sciences
        42 RECOGNITION OF SUPERVISORS
        Silver  category
        Professor Geoffrey Harris Peace Studies Programme
        Faculty of Management Sciences
        43 RECOGNITION OF SUPERVISORS
        Bronze category
        Professor Olugbara Oludayo Faculty of Accounting & Informatics

        Pictured: Professor Sibiya for Senior Researcher of the Year, Professor Bux for: VICE-CHANCELLOR’S AWARD and RESEARCH IMPACT AWARD and DUT Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Thandwa Mthembu

        Prof S Moyo, Ms V Govender and Dr K Oparinde.

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