NWU Vaal researchers blaze a trail of excellence

Annette Willemse -- Fri, 12/04/2015 - 13:11

NWU Vaal researchers blaze a trail of excellence

When you are good at what you do, you stand out. Several academic staff members of the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) were amongst the recipients of awards during a recent gala event in Potchefstroom.

 

Mr Johann Landsberg, Mr Werner Ravyse, Dr Chrisna Botha-Ravyse, Prof Linda du Plessis and Prof Herman van der Merwe.
Absent: Prof Tumi Khumalo

 

More than 70 outstanding North-West University staff members were recently acknowledged for excellence in research, innovation, community involvement and creativity at a gala event in Potchefstroom. The award recipients had performed excellently in a time of change for the University and an increasing number of younger academics took to the stage. Several academic staff members of the Vaal Triangle Campus (NWU Vaal) were amongst the recipients of awards:

  • Prof Tumi Khumalo, Faculty of Humanities: Newly rated researcher (Y-rating)
  • Prof Herman van der Merwe, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology: Top Innovator
  • Dr Chrisna Botha-Ravyse, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology: Recognition as a National Leader in Innovation
  • Mr Werner Ravyse, Faculty of Economic Sciences and Information Technology: Recognition as a National Leader in Innovation
  • Ms Carolina Piotrowska, Vice-chancellor's Medal (Supervisor: Prof Bertus van Rooy)

 

Two units on the Vaal Triangle Campus were also lauded for their contribution towards innovation and excellence

Dr Chrisna Botha-Ravyse Mr Johann Landsberg Mr Werner Ravyse
Prof Herman van der Merwe Ms Carolina Piotrwoska Prof Tumi Khumalo

 

A word from the Vice-Chancellor

Prof Dan Kgwadi, Vice-Chancellor of the University, said the evening was by no means only about numbers. “Yes, we want to push up our article numbers and we certainly wish to increase our number of NRF-rated researchers, but quality and impact must always be our prime objectives. If we produce quality research, the numbers will follow.”

He said there are more awards than the previous year in the innovation category for inventions, patents and other forms of intellectual property. “This is due to leadership, hard work and substantial investment. It is gratifying to see efforts being rewarded. All in all the University is continuing on an upward spiral. We are generally growing in quantity and quality.”

Prof Kgwadi said as a team, spread over the NWU’s three campuses, the University already has a formidable presence. He encouraged all the researchers present to continue their excellent work.