Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka, DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagement.
The Academic Excellence Awards are the institution’s most prestigious accolades for Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT), Higher Education Development and Support (HEDS), as well as Research, Innovation and Engagement (RI&E). These awards are for staff members who have improved their qualifications those who have received or upgraded their rating from the National Research Foundation, along with teaching and research excellence.
The task team jointly appointed by the DVC: Teaching Learning and Technology and DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagement, are working tirelessly to make sure that all is ready before the big day.
“This awards function is one of the leading events at our University. As such, we look forward to provide a quality production, entertainment and overall ambience to celebrate staff members who have excelled in their academic duties and made a positive contribution to the University and beyond. This is the one day where we highlight the University’s strong academic brand and projects. We have involved our own students from the Faculty of Arts and Design, who have assisted significantly in the planning and the Oscars theme,” the task team explained.
Dr Vathiswa Papu-Zamxaka, DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagement said: “The institution has adapted to the new normal brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic with grace and resilience. Practices and terms that previously looked remote, foreign and far from reach, have become our normal. Visiting the laboratory, conducting research, supervising a postgraduate student or even collecting data has changed due to the global Covid-19 pandemic”.
She added: “It is in this context that we are extremely grateful for the contributions by our researchers, academics and students. As they engage in research, innovation and engagement, they assist in enhancing TUT’s image in the global higher education arena. They have pulled their weight and worked hard within the framework of the University’s strategic plan, mission and vision, including Research Innovation and Engagement’s strategic objectives.”