MUT staff pursues PhD studies through USDP funding

Darlington Hove

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) staff, Darlington Hove, who is a Mathematics and Basic Numeracy Lecturer in the Teaching and Learning Development Centre (TLDC), is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Financial Mathematics at the University of Limpopo to contribute to expertise in Applied Mathematics.

Hove’s qualification is funded by the University Staff Doctoral Programme: Building Capacity in Applied Mathematics (USDP-BCAM). The USDP-BCAM is a collaboration between participating South African institutions and their overseas counterparts. These institutions are the University of Limpopo, Stellenbosch University, University of Johannesburg, Vaal University of Technology, African Institute of Mathematical Sciences, UNISA, North-West University, Sussex University (UK), London School of Economics (UK), University of Bath (UK), Warsaw School of Economics (Poland), University of Leicester (UK), and the Delft University of Technology (Netherlands).

Hove explained that participants in the programme were drawn from permanently employed academic staff from participating institutions. In cases where the required number of participants is not met, the call is extended to the rest of South African public universities. Each participating student is assigned a local and international supervisor.

“My local supervisor is Dr Farai Mhlanga, senior lecturer from the University of Limpopo and my overseas supervisor is Professor Rafal Łochowski from the Warsaw School of Economics in Poland. Dr Mhlanga is also the SA-UK USDP coordinator,” said Hove.

The main study group meets occasionally and gives students an opportunity to present their work to the rest of the group.

“We first met as a group in Pretoria during the joint Masamu research workshop and Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association. We then met at Kruger National Park in late June and that has been our last full cohort meeting. In between Pretoria and Kruger, we had one virtual session where we presented our work at the UK-Africa Postgraduate Advanced Study Institute (UK-APASI),” explained Hove.

The group’s next meeting will be hosted by Sussex University.