Six of the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) brightest research minds recently received National Research Foundation(NRF) ratings, after dedicating years towards research and study within a particular field and proving their high standards of research.
With so much experience, these NRF researchers are acknowledged as thought leaders and influencers in their respective industries. More over, they are not only recognised in South Africa, but also internationally, for the nature, impact and contribution of their work to their respective fields of research, which contributes hugely to the University’s standing as a leading research institution.
The newly rated TUT researchers:
- Prof Braam Hofmann, Faculty of Science, C Rating
- Dr Billy Kalema, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology, C Rating
- Prof Karim Djouani, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, C Rating
- Dr Henry Mason, Higher Education Development Support, Y Rating
- Dr Uwe Hermann, Faculty of Management Sciences, Y Rating
- Dr Bohani Mtileni, Faculty of Science, Y Rating
The ratings that are awarded fall within the following categories:
- A – Leading international researchers
- B – Internationally acclaimed researchers
- C – Established researchers
- P – Prestigious Awards
- Y – Promising young researchers
The NRF rating system is a key driver in the NRF’s aim to build a globally competitive science system in South Africa. It is a valuable tool for benchmarking the quality of an institution’s researchers against the best in the world. NRF ratings are allocated based on a researcher’s recent research outputs and impact as perceived by international peer reviewers. The rating system encourages researchers to publish high quality outputs in high impact journals/outlets. Rated researchers as supervisors will impart cutting-edge skills to the next generation of researchers.
Many South African universities use the outcomes of the NRF evaluation and rating process to position themselves as research-intensive institutions, while others provide incentives for their staff members to acquire and maintain a rating and give special recognition to top-rated researchers.
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Prof Karim Djouani
Dr Bohani Mtileni
Dr Uwe Hermann
Prof Braam Hofmann
Dr Henry Mason
Dr Billy Kalema
TUT’s newly rated NRF Researchers are Prof Braam Hofmann, Faculty of Science, Dr Billy Kalema, Faculty of Information and Communication Technology and Prof Karim Djouani, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, who all received an NRF C Rating. Dr Henry Mason, Higher Education Development Support, Dr Uwe Herman, Faculty of Management Sciences and Dr Bohani Mtileni, Faculty of Science, were each honoured with a Y Rating.