NWU recognises productive researchers

Marelize Santana -- Wed, 11/02/2016 - 10:44

NWU recognises productive researchers

The North-West University’s (NWU’s) tourism and theology academics raked in top honours at this year’s Excellence in Research Awards on 28 October. They took the titles of Most Productive Senior Researcher and Most Productive Junior Researcher for the second and fourth time in a row, respectively.

Many outstanding staff members from other disciplines were also acknowledged for excellence in research, innovation, community involvement and creativity.Prof Dan Kgwadi, vice-chancellor of the NWU, thanked researchers for delivering excellence in research despite the challenges that the higher education sector has been going through for the past year. (Click here to see the full list of staff members who excelled).

Prof Melville Saayman from the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences on the Potchefstroom Campus is the NWU’s Most Productive Researcher for 2016. Melville received this honour last year too, demonstrating the consistent excellence of his research.

He is the director of the research focus area Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (TREES). Melville’s research has two distinctive focus areas. He does economic analysis of what tourists spend and also looks into the effective management of tourism through policy development, tourism motivation, tourism planning and effective marketing.

As for Prof Martinette Kruger, also from TREES, this was her fourth win as Most Productive Junior Researcher.

Martinette’s research is aimed at identifying the most lucrative market segments at events and is especially useful for event organisers who want to understand the market better and expand on it. She has been researching market segmentation for the past six years.

For the third consecutive year, the award for the Most Productive Research Entity went to the research unit Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society in the Faculty of Theology on the Potchefstroom Campus.

The unit is concerned with debates that relate to the normative function of canonical Scripture and the contribution that Christian communities, through the Christian Church, make toward the development of society globally.

The unit succeeded in continuing to grow its national and international collaborations, increasing postgraduate students and raising its profile as a research entity that makes relevant scholarly contributions within the field.

Enquiries:    Willie du Plessis: 082 590 0692
Corporate Communication and Stakeholder Relations, NWU
Date:             2 November 2016

The trophy for Most Productive Junior Researcher went to Prof Martinette Kruger of Tourism Research in Economic Environs and Society (TREES) on the Potchefstroom Campus. Prof Melville Saayman from the Potchefstroom Campus is the NWU’s Most Productive Researcher for the second year in a row.   Prof Ferdi Kruger, director of the research unit Reformed Theology and the Development of the South African Society, received the award as Most Productive Research Entity on behalf of the unit. It was the third win in a row for the entity.