While a lot of deserved praised has been heaped upon the University’s researchers, and the standard of their research, the role of staff at the Research Directorate cannot be undermined. Staff at this Directorate are the enablers who make things happen for researchers.
The National Research Foundation (NRF) Administrator at MUT, Dr Maryam Amra Jordaan, who is also a member of staff at the Research Directorate has added another feather to her plumage. Dr Jordaan is now a Research Administration Professional (RAP).
The good news was delivered by Dr Karin Dyason, Project Manager at the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association. In his letter, dated 25 November 2022, Dr Dyason said it was his “absolute pleasure” to inform Dr Jordaan that “the IPRC Technical Review Committee finalised the review of your application and recommended that Research Administration Professional (RAP) status be awarded”.
The RAP status is further confirmation of Dr Jordaan’s work is research administration. This good news was also well-received by the University management.
Dr Anette Mienie, Director of the Research Directorate at MUT, said that research management and administration was a scarce skill and professional registration as a Research Administration Professional was “not easy and [it was] a significant achievement”.
News of Dr Jordaan’s professional registration was also music to the ear for Professor Nokuthula Sibiya, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement (RIE), who describe it as “exciting news”.