UFS scientist joins programme

2016-02-24 06:00
DR ALIZA LE ROUX

DR ALIZA LE ROUX

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PHUTHADITJHABA. – The National Research Foundation-rated Y2 scientist, Dr Aliza le Roux, has recently been added to the Africa Science Leadership Programme, an initiative that seeks to create an African network of scientific leaders across disciplinary borders.

Her selection to this programme is a reflection of her powerful vision for the continent’s scientific future and sustained scientific excellence.

“It is an honour and an opportunity for me to grow as an academic. This opportunity will help me build my leadership skills, as well as my networks on the continent,” Le Roux said.

“It will create a culture of leadership and research that is led by African researchers.”

She added that African researchers have great potential to solve global problems, yet many of them leave their countries to seek academic success elsewhere.

“I hope that the lessons we learn in this programme will pave the way for academia and science to be taken more seriously and practised more effectively on the continent.”

Together with 21 other fellows from across the continent, Le Roux will be taking part in a week-long workshop in April this year.

Le Roux is a senior lecturer and subject head in the Department of Zoology and Entomology on the Qwaqwa Campus of the University of the Free State (UFS).

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