Students in the Faculty of Business and Management Sciences who are outstanding research presenters won cash prizes during this year’s BTech Conference.
The faculty held the conference on the District Six Campus recently under the theme, driving economic development and empowerment through research and innovation.
The faculty’s Dean, Prof Paul Green, said the conference was the initiative and drive of acting Assistant Dean: Research & Innovation, Prof Chux Iwu.
Green added that the purpose of a conference of this nature was developmental, as well as to stimulate and provoke critical thinking and provide for the extension of learning.
“It is the basis of an academic or anyone pursuing the route of academia,” he said.
He argued that South Africa was calling out for action, particularly in the area of economic development so much that some even argue that economic reform should be done radically.
The prizes for individual presentations were R5 000 for the winner, R3 000 2nd prize and Special commendation R750, while for group presentations the prizes were R8 000 for the winners, 2nd R5 000 and Special Commendation R1 000.
Prizes for the individual presenters were awarded as follows:
Commendation prizes went to the Retail Business Management, Cost and Management Accounting, Financial Management and Tourism Management departments;
The runner-up went to Internal Auditing Department and the winner was the Sport Management Department.
For the presenting groups Commendation Awards were given to HR Management, Business and Information Administration and Hospitality Management departments. The Entrepreneurship and Marketing departments were awarded runners-up and winners, respectively.
Sibusiso Zondi, of Emerald Group Publishing, which was one of the conference sponsors, said 37 CPUT authors are published through Emerald and that the group offers annual research funding awards.