Prof. NJ Ndlazi
Dean: Faculty of Natural Sciences
Tel: +27 (31) 907 7601
The Faculty of Natural Sciences is poised for growth, having been relocated to an expansive property with potentials for expansion. Lecturers, staff and students of the Faculty are now well positioned to explore their potential to the fullest, given the availability of new and up-to-date offices, lecture theatres, and the imminent development of a new science laboratory complex, which will house both teaching and research laboratories on the new property.
In line with the ongoing transformation and implementation of the Strategic Plan (Framework), commendable progress has been made in the profile of our academic and support staff as several of our colleagues have been conferred with higher degrees and many more are currently completing their studies for the award of such degrees.
The Faculty is demonstrating its leadership role by being in the forefront of research in the University, as shown by our research output. Similarly, it is initiating a number of collaborative programmes between different departments within and outside the faculty. As a Faculty, we are putting interventions in place that will motivate the transformation to an exciting research culture. Without sacrificing quality in our learning, teaching, research and community programmes, our student intake has almost doubled and we are improving on the competitiveness of our graduates.
Appointment of permanent Heads of Departments under the current dispensation is moving ahead and our quarterly Faculty Newsletter that will promote both information flow and outlet of ideas will soon be launched. Faculty Seminar Series are also planned to stimulate exchange of academic ideas between our colleagues.
We are further witnessing a period where multi-disciplinarity in our research agenda as a Faculty, is becoming the order of the day and where quality assurance management systems (QAMS) are being developed. Several of our Faculty members are actively participating in the Research Capacity Initiative (RCI) under SANPAD and many more are benefiting from various activities under the contractual Linkage Programmes with Spelman College, Iowa State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University - all in the United States of America.
In the months ahead we will intensify our efforts in engaging, more closely, our stakeholders (particularly the industries) as we continue to reposition ourselves in responding to the dynamic local, provincial and national developments. Simply put, the Faculty of Natural Sciences is gradually unlocking its potential through the purification of its core functions.
However, the implementation of our Strategic Plan has revealed a new set of challenges facing our Faculty. We must respond to these challenges, including innovation, quality assurance, research and publication.
We are making interventions that will promote, encourage and strengthen our efforts in the transformation of our science and technology capacity as we pursue research in our niche areas.
We are preparing tailor-made activities (in certain departments) and programmes to meet identified needs of our immediate communities in Umlazi, as well as transforming our knowledge into intellectual capital to service targeted audiences. In other words, the Faculty is working together to provide solutions to some of these challenges.
Science and Technology at MUT is destined for greater heights and the Faculty of Natural Sciences will not relent until such has been achieved. We, therefore, enjoin all stakeholders to join hands to make this aspiration a reality.