NWU professor honoured as young researcher
A research expert of the North-West University’s Potchefstroom Campus has been honoured for her contribution to science by being awarded the second runner-up for the distinguished Young Women Scientist in the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Prof Petro du Preez became the youngest professor ever to be appointed in the Faculty of Education Sciences at the NWU.
Every year the Department of Science and Technology honours South Africa’s top women scientists through these Women in Science Awards.
The Dean of the Faculty, Prof Robert Balfour, said her contribution and dedication to publications in human rights and curriculum studies, mostly in higher education contexts, have been noticed by scholars nationally and internationally.
Du Preez is a project leader in the research unit Education and Human Rights in Diversity (HREiD) at the NWU.
Du Preez obtained her PhD from Stellenbosch University in 2008, after receiving a scholarship from DAAD (the German Academic Exchange Service) in 2006 to complete her PhD at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She has achieved enormous recognition in her short career as a full-time researcher and academic. She became associate professor in 2011.
In 2014, Du Preez received a Y2 rating from the National Research Foundation. In 2012 she was recognised as one of the top 200 youth leaders in South Africa by the Mail & Guardian in the category Science and Education and in 2013 as one of the "movers and shakers in academia" by Higher Education Resource Services (South Africa).