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Monday, 25 June 2018

Two academics awarded international scholarships

OUTSTANDING: (l-r) Prof Monwabisi Ralarala, Director at Fundani, Prof Dina Burger, Research Director, congratulate the recipients of the US-SA Doctoral Scholarship, lecturers Rendani Mulaudzi and Tabisa Ncubukezi. OUTSTANDING: (l-r) Prof Monwabisi Ralarala, Director at Fundani, Prof Dina Burger, Research Director, congratulate the recipients of the US-SA Doctoral Scholarship, lecturers Rendani Mulaudzi and Tabisa Ncubukezi.

Following a rigorous selection process, two CPUT academics have been awarded full doctoral scholarships under the auspices of the University Capacity Development Programme. 

Rendani Mulaudzi, a lecturer in the Environmental Management Department and Tabisa Ncubukezi, a Junior Lecturer in the Information Technology Department have been awarded the new United States – South Africa Doctoral Programme.

The successful duo will be supported towards the completion of their PhD degrees and will also benefit from attending professional development courses such as writing for publication, grant writing skills, postgraduate supervision and research skills. 

The supervision of their work will take on a group and collaborative approach, including co-supervision. They will also spend one to three months at a partner institution in the United States (US).

The new programme has been approved by the Department of Higher Education and Training and includes a network of 12 US universities and 18 South African universities that will work together to implement 12 doctoral programmes to enable 100 existing academic staff to complete their doctoral qualifications. Funding of R57.2 million has been allocated to this programme. 

Profs Monwabisi Ralarala, Director at Fundani, and Dina Burger, Research Director, who are jointly responsible for the programme at CPUT, say they believe the two academics have received a once in a lifetime opportunity to advance their doctoral degrees and they will be excellent ambassadors for their respective faculties and the university.

“These two colleagues would be the first recipients of this award and the institution is committed to give them all the support they need to facilitate their successful participation in this programme.  We wish them all the best with their doctoral studies going forward,” said Burger.

Ncubukezi says she feels fortunate to have been selected for the new programme and the opportunity will allow her to pursue her dreams. “I plan to continue my IT education and eventually build a career in the research and development area. With this scholarship, your generosity and support will help me focus on my research.”

Burger, Ralarala and the two academics will join their counterparts from other universities in the programme when the programme launches in Johannesburg in July. 

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Business and Management Sciences and Education Faculties, Student Affairs Department and Cape Town and Mowbray Campuses.