NWU, Mafikeng Campus, News General 2012: Research relevance workshop

Research cooperation will benefit campus and province

The relevance of research and innovation for the North West Province was discussed at a workshop held on 11 April 2012 at the Mafikeng Campus of North-West University.

Organised by the School of Environmental and Health Sciences at the Campus, the workshop was intended to build relations between the University and the provincial government to enhance research activities that will benefit communities.

Presentations on the importance of research in helping government expedite service delivery were followed by discussions facilitated by Prof Efe Useh of the Department of Nursing Sciences. Participants agreed that liaison between the University’s researchers and government departments would contribute to the development of the Province.

“Through this platform we also want to emphasize the issue of interdisciplinary research and highlight the fact that all disciplines have a point of convergence,” Prof Useh said.

Representatives of the research directorate of the premier’s office, the Departments of Agriculture, Education, Human Settlements and Social Development, as well as the University’s Biological, Geography and Environmental, and Nursing Sciences attended the workshop.

In concluding the proceedings, School Director Dr Thami Sithebe said, “This was our first attempt to bring government and researchers together under one roof. We hope to grow this forum and attract other academic disciplines and government departments to come on board.”

Prof Efe Useh facilitated the workshop.