MUT’s Engineering Faculty dean earns C2 NRF rating

Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Babatunde Bakare

The Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, Professor Babatunde Femi Bakare, was granted a C2 rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF) on 1 March 2024. This great news was delivered to Professor Bakare by the Director of the Research directorate, Dr Anette Mienie.  C2 rating means that all the reviewers are firmly convinced that the applicant is an established researcher as described. The applicant may, but need not, enjoy some international recognition for the quality and impact of their recent research output. Professor Bakare’s request for the new rating was based on the last five years of his academic activities.

Responding to the news, Professor Bakare said he was “incredibly grateful and honoured” to receive the “prestigious” C2 rating from the NRF. “This recognition is incredibly meaningful and serves as a testament to the hard work and dedication poured into my research endeavours,” said Professor Bakare.

Professor Bakare said receiving a C2 rating underscored the significance and impact of his research contributions made thus far. “It validates the innovative approaches and methodologies employed in tackling complex issues within my field of expertise. Moreover, it serves as motivation to continue pushing the boundaries of knowledge and making meaningful contributions to the scientific community and society at large, said Professor Bakare. Professor Bakare said he was indebted to the “invaluable” support and guidance from his colleagues, mentors, and collaborators throughout his  journey. He said his colleagues’ unwavering encouragement and expertise have been instrumental in him achieving this milestone.

An excited Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement (RIE), Professor Nokuthula Sibiya congratulated Professor Bakare, and said Professor Bakare deserved the new NRF rating. “I wish to express immense pride and congratulations to Professor Bakare for the C2 rating by the NRF. Professor Bakare’s achievement not only highlights the exceptional talent within South Africa, but also underscores the nation’s commitment to fostering scientific excellence and becoming a leader in the field of Chemical Engineering.” Professor Sibiya further stated that Professor Bakare has won numerous awards over the years for his research work. Professor Sibiya’s direct message to Professor Bakare was: “Congratulations on not just reaching your goals but doing what you once thought was impossible. If anyone deserves to celebrate this kind of achievement, it is you. Well done!”