Researchers honoured with Rector’s Awards during Research Showcase

John Nchoe -- Tue, 10/28/2014 - 09:50

Researchers honoured with Rector’s Awards during Research Showcase

Academics and Scholars, who have shown commitment to and excellence in teaching, learning and community outreach projects in 2013, were recently honoured with the prestigious Rector’s Awards.

This took place during a three-night Research Showcase gala awards dinner, which commenced on 21 and ended on 23 October 2014.The purpose of these awards was to honour and acknowledge researchers in various faculties, being faculty of Law, Commerce, FAST and Education.

The Research Showcase was a collaboration between the North-West University and the North West Provincial Government and made the Mafikeng Campus the Centre of attraction. The event was celebrated under the theme Knowledge Bridge “Supporting the implementation of Vision 2030 through evidence-based Research in and about North-West Province”.

“We need to invest in Education and Research to address the challenges of our Country.  We also need to be well informed and contribute to the communities”. This was according to the Vice-Rector of teaching and learning, Professor Lumkile Lalendle.  Addressing researchers, scholars, academics and members of the public, he also shared that the NWU researchers continue to publish internationally. Prof Lalendle also indicated that NWU is a leading University in terms of Research.

In 2013 a total number of 313, 35 Units was achieved and registered with the research support unit at institutional office by the Mafikeng Campus.  In each faculty, awards were given for the Emerging Researcher of 2013, the most productive Researcher for 2013 as well as those academics that had received the Institutional Teaching Evaluation Awards (ITEA).

During the Premier’s Gala dinner the Vice-Chancellor, Pro Dan Kgwadi emphasised the importance of Language usage in the University and highlighted critical issues on transformation, collaboration and harmony in the University.

To reflect on the Vice-Chancellor’s words, the North West Prem, Hon. Supra Mahumapelo alluded to the language usage in the province at large. He also spoke about the importance of agriculture, tourism and culture.  Hon. Mahumapelo urged researchers to make use of our rich arts and culture in building economy.

“Universities must play a big role to use Language, Arts and Culture to communicate to the world”, concluded the Premier.