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Friday, 05 August 2016

Extraordinary Women: Prof Lungi Sosibo

BUSY BEE: As Acting HOD: Research, Assoc. Professor Lungi Sosibo is juggling steering research activities in the Faculty of Education with her own research BUSY BEE: As Acting HOD: Research, Assoc. Professor Lungi Sosibo is juggling steering research activities in the Faculty of Education with her own research

One of CPUT’s top researchers, Prof Lungi Sosibo is involved in ground breaking work in the areas of maths, science and ICT.

An award winning researcher, Sosibo recently completed a three-year NRF Maths and Science project in the Vhembe District of Limpopo in which she collaborated with experts from CPUT, UNISA and the University of Venda.

Next on her research agenda are collaborations that go beyond the borders of the country.

Sosibo and her CPUT Team are about to embark on a Research and Innovation Niche Area project on Maths, Science and ICT which is funded by CPUT.

“At the same time, Dr Sadhana Manik (UKZN) and I are coordinating a project in which international scholars have been invited to contribute book chapters on ‘Student Access, Support and Success in Higher Education’,” she adds.

“This project involves researchers from the SADC region as well as outside it.”

Sosibo also coaches and co-authors journal articles with postgraduate students at CPUT and UKZN, as well as with some novice researchers in the Faculty of Education at CPUT.

“As Acting HOD: Research, I am steering research activities in the faculty, which I juggle with my own research.”

Last year, the university’s Research Directorate awarded her with a Bronze Research Award to add to her colourful career as a researcher.

“The award was a culmination of the journey that began in December 2010 when my first article was published in an accredited journal.”

She says that her promotion to Associate Prof in 2014 was an achievement she does not take lightly.

“As we all know, the number of Black female professors is the lowest nationally and internationally, when compared to males and White females.”

Written by Kwanele Butana

Email: butanak@cput.ac.za