Optentia celebrates quality research at first-ever research showcase

Hanlie Smuts -- Fri, 09/30/2016 - 12:19

Optentia celebrates quality research at first-ever research showcase

The Optentia Research Focus Area on the Vaal Triangle Campus of the North-West University (NWU Vaal) recently showcased the vast range of research being done by its students and researchers, at their very first Research Day.

Researchers were challenged to depict their research efforts in the form of a poster. The posters were then clustered together in different themes. Some posters were submitted by international contributors who were unable to attend the day’s events, but contributed gladly to its success. The posters were then exhibited to prospective postgraduate students and researchers to showcase the methodologies, samples, strategies and contribution of the research towards the overall success of this dynamic research focus area.

Prof Ian Rothmann, Director of Optentia, says a large part of the vision of the Research Focus Area is the distribution of knowledge. Therefore, the contribution of the research conducted is deemed to be especially important. Prof Rothmann continued to introduce the work being done by Optentia and walked attendees through the progress that he has made together with his team at the Focus Area in the five years since its inception.

Ms Rachel Paver, Ms Melinda du Toit and Ms Leoni van der Vaart, PhD students with their unemployment project at the Optentia Research Showcase.

Optentia is a multidisciplinary research entity at the NWU Vaal. Its mission is to develop and organize knowledge for the optimal expression of the individual, social and institutional potential in Southern Africa. More than 80 master’s degrees and 30 PhD degrees have been produced by the entity which boasts 16 extraordinary professors, three extraordinary researchers and seven post-doctoral fellows from all over the world. The output from Optentia also includes more than 200 peer-reviewed publications over the last five years.

Prof Linda du Plessis, acting rector, praised the Focus Area calling it a flag ship on the campus which continues to build capacity, publish in high impact journals and fostering valuable international collaboration. 

A video of the event may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CyDnWpFYIqo 


Vaal Triangle Campus
Hendrik van Eck Blvd Vanderbijlpark
South Africa