MUT’s research plans and achievements laid bare at media briefing

Prof Dlamini, middle, addressing the media, with Prof Shale, Research Professor, Natural Sciences faculty, left, and Prof Alfred Msomi, Acting Dean, of the same faculty

MUT is on a mission of being internationally recognised as an innovative and research-informed institution that delivers excellent scientific research and other IP outputs. For this to be accomplished, DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagements, Prof Zodwa Dlamini has within just two years of her appointment; conceptualised a 2nd annual Research, Innovation and Engagements (RIE) week taking place from 10-14 July. The focal discussions will among other things be on:

–>  Technology parks & entrepreneurship

–>  Big data analytics

–>  Environmental sustainability with a focus on renewable energy

–>  Precision medicine

The capstone event on the last day will be the signing of MoUs with universities from the USA, Brazil, India, Europe and China. “What is important for me is to ensure that an MUT academic is able to
collaborate with researchers from across the globe. I need deans to help me drive this mission because they are the ones driving academic and research development at faculty level”, said Prof Dlamini.
Augmenting her drive to elevate MUT research has been the recent approval for MUT to have satellite facilities at the SAMRC on Ridge Road. “It is a huge milestone to have secured this laboratory space as it will host the MUT Multidisciplinary Research Institute (M-MRI)”, said Prof Dlamini. The RIE week has already received positive media coverage on SABC and East Coast Radio. Delegates to the RIE week will include speakers from BRICS countries: International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB-India); Institute for Chemical Technology (ICT-Mumbai), University of Sao Paulo –Brazil.  From Europe, speakers will hail from the University of Nottingham (UK) and Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland while the USA will be represented by the University of Hawaii,  Florida Agriculture and Mechanical University (FAMU) and former Chief of Party for the United Negro College Fund Special Programmes. Top research institutions such as SA-MRC, ARC and government departments will be part of the delegates and speakers. “The level of support in sponsorships has been a good sign of better things to come for MUT”, said Professor Shale, Research Professor in the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Acting Research Director. More information is on www.rie.co.za