Research Week at the North-West University (NWU) was jam-packed with events showcasing the excellent and impactful work NWU researchers do.
This week is a biennial series of events that has been established to put the spotlight on postgraduate research programmes and researchers’ work, thereby enhancing excellence, visibility, collaboration, and networking.
This year’s Research and Innovation Week took place from 18 to 22 September with the theme "Research and innovation for sustainable impact".
Various seminars, symposia, panel discussions, lectures and roadshows were organised by the NWU’s eight faculties and Research Support.
Several industry experts also shared their valuable insights and expertise on the most recent trends and advancements in their specific fields.
NWU principal and vice-chancellor Prof Bismark Tyobeka, a renowned researcher in his own right, delivered the keynote address during the official opening.
According to Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele, the deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation, the week was a great success and served as a platform to exhibit and commend the scholarly work led by NWU academics.
“Additionally, this is an opportunity to acknowledge the talent, accomplishments, and excellence of NWU staff and students, particularly those in postgraduate programmes. Researchers at the NWU are leading the way in a variety of cutting-edge research fields, including renewable energy, health, water, food security and climate," he says.
He adds that the university takes great pride in offering world-class science and education with a focus on quality.
“When looking at the NWU’s research and innovation objectives in relation to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is evident that our esteemed researchers are diligently addressing the challenges associated with all SDGs.”
Prof Mphahlele adds that one of the NWU’s notable strengths lies in its strong affiliations with government agencies and industry partners. “It is important to note that several of our research entities, research chairs, and research directors are recognised and have received accolades from government departments such as the Department of Science and Innovation, the National Department of Health, the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, and the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy.”
Prof Bismark Tyobeka, NWU principal and vice-chancellor, delivers the opening address at the NWU’s recent Research and Innovation Week.
Prof Jeffrey Mphahlele, the deputy vice-chancellor for research and innovation, addresses the audience.