UZ professor links with UK

2013-10-04 00:00

THE University of Zululand’s Professor Neerish Revaprasadu has been appointed to lead the South African team to establish a United Kingdom-Africa research consortium.

Revaprasadu, an expert in the field of nanotechnology, said the project was established through the Royal Society together with the UK-based Department for International Development.

“As chair of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (Sarci), this is a great opportunity to broaden the institution’s reach, research capacity and development of novel systems, while establishing international partnerships and collaborations.

“The University of Zululand is well placed as we will form a bridge between the other African countries and the UK. Students and researchers will move in all directions, thereby enhancing networking and sharing experiences.

“The benefits for the participants will be international experience. The new knowledge generated through publications will benefit both researchers and their respective institutions,” he said.

He added that his relationship with the Royal Society goes back to his being awarded a full scholarship by the fellowship to do his doctoral studies at Imperial College London.

The University of Zululand team includes Dr Bongumusa Dladla, Dr Masood Akhtar, Dr Sipho Mavundla, Sixberth Mlowe, Nhlakanipho Mntungwa, Welcome Zibane, Siphephelo Ncanana and Rekha Dunpall.

The programme will focus on research capacity, strengthen the development of sustainable research networks and skills transfer, increase the number of young researchers through Ph.D. scholarships and support for African higher education institutions.

The research consortium has been awarded a networking grant of £25 000 (about R405 200) from the Royal Society.

Group leaders are expected to meet in Dhakar, Senegal, from October 26 to October 29. The final proposals will be submitted in mid-2014 and the outcome will be known in the latter half of the year.

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