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Friday, 29 October 2021

Research Excellence Awarded

WINNERS:The ceremony was held at the Granger Bay campus WINNERS:The ceremony was held at the Granger Bay campus

Ten of the institution’s top researchers were honoured for their excellent work during the CPUT Research Awards.

The small ceremony where the awards were handed over was held at the Granger Bay campus and strictly adhered to Covid-19 protocols.

It was also live-streamed via the CPUT website.

Dr David Phaho, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Technology Innovation and Partnerships, said CPUT has and continues to punch way above its weight in terms of research output on a per capita basis.

“From the positive health effects of rooibos tea to smart energy grids, we should be proud of the work our esteemed colleagues are doing across all our faculties, centres and institutes.”

The Research Directorate awarded excellence in research activities in three categories: Research Output, Research Supervision and External Funding.

Four awards were made in each category, namely, Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze. If there was a tie for any award, more than one award was given.

A Platinum Award earns a researcher R50 000; a Gold Award earns a researcher R40 000; a Silver Award earns a researcher R30 000 and a Bronze Award earns a researcher R20 000.

The winners per category were as follow:

Research Output:

  • Platinum - Dr O Koopman - Education
  • Gold - Prof OO Oguntibeju- Health and Wellness Sciences
  • Silver - Dr AK Raji - Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Bronze - Prof SKO Ntwampe - Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Bronze - Prof T Iyamu - Informatics & Design

Research Supervision

  • Platinum- Dr AK Raji - Engineering & the Built Environment
  • Gold - Prof SKO Ntwampe - Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Silver - Prof T Iyamu - Informatics and Design
  • Bronze - Prof MTE Kahn - Engineering and the Built Environment
  • Bronze - Prof TV Ojumu - Engineering and the Built Environment

External Funding 

  • Platinum - Prof KP Findlay - Applied Sciences
  • Gold - Prof JL Marnewick- Applied Microbial and Health Biotechnology Institute
  • Silver - Prof T Matsha - Health and Wellness Sciences

Phaho said the institution could be very proud that colleagues like Prof Matsha, Prof Kahn, Prof Marnewick and many others were doing ground-breaking work. which directly and indirectly contribute to our national well-being.

“The upward trajectory of research outputs, increased number of postgraduate students as well as national and international innovation platforms spearheaded by CPUT researchers over the past decade bears testimony to our drive. Today we honour our colleagues, who not only establish world-class research programmes but continue, albeit with limited resources which bedevil universities of technologies, to drive ground-breaking and high impact research in areas of national priority.”

He said CPUT has also noticed an upswing in the number of National Research Foundation (NRF) rated scholars, NRF funded research chairs as well as an increase in external research grants thanks to the drive and productivity of CPUT researchers.

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Written by Ilse Fredericks

Email: Frederickskennediji@cput.ac.za