MUT surpasses the 100 journal articles’ mark for 2020

Dr Mienie, seated, right, with other members of the directorate: Shirley Fraser, also seated; and standing, from left – Sindi Ngongoma, Sifiso Qwabe, and Nompumelelo Zulu

MUT has made history. For the first time in the history of the institution, the University has published over 100 journal articles even before this year ends. A very excited Dr Anette Mienie, Director of the Research directorate, said she had a good story to tell. It was a journey that the Institution has travelled over the years, and it reflected enormous growth in the University’s research. MUT has already submitted more than 100 journal articles to the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET). This is a source of great excitement for Dr Mienie who has been leading the directorate since 2001.

“I remember submitting one accredited journal article from MUT to DHET in 2001.  It is not even the end of the year and we have already received 112 accredited journal articles published during 2020. This is so very exciting and I cannot be more proud of our researchers,” said Dr Mienie. There will be four added late submissions from 2019.  Dr Mienie said it is the first time that the University crossed the 100 journal articles’ mark. Last year the University submitted 74 accredited research papers, said Dr Mienie.

Dr Mienie emphasized that the role played by members of the directorate was paramount to this growth. For instance, she said, Sifiso Qwabe from the Research Directorate used to be in the office even during the stricter Lockdown levels to ensure that the necessary documents were submitted to the Department of Finance on time. Also, Shirley Fraser from the Research Directorate developed an interactive electronic fund transfer requisition, and the expenditure claim forms in which the researchers could type., This facilitated efficient work flows between all concerned parties.

The increase in research output is also a result of researchers having more time to work on their research during the Lockdown.