GSB&L Researcher to Further Studies in Holland
Regional and Local Economic Development researcher Ms Nobukhosi Zulu (24) has secured a Stimulating Knowledge Innovation through Life-long Learning (SKILL) bursary from SAVUSA to pursue a three-month masters programme at the International Institute of Social Studies in Holland.
The bursary, open to UKZN students because of the University’s Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) and Joint Degree Agreements with the VU University Amsterdam covers the cost of flights, accommodation, visa and insurance as well as providing a living allowance and a tuition fee.
Zulu, who graduated with an LLB last year, is currently studying towards a masters degree in Regional and Local Economic Development with the Graduate School of Business and Leadership’s (GSB&L) Young Researchers Programme under the Regional and Local Economic Development Initiative (RLEDi) - a partnership between UKZN and the Department of Economic Development and Tourism.
She applied for the SKILL bursary after seeing the call for applications in the University notices. The course fits well with Zulu’s passion for human rights and economics as it creates a platform for the exchange of information and research between students and teachers from the Global South and the North in a European environment.
‘When I was part of the All Africa Human Rights Moot Court Competition during my LLB studies, I was inspired by a presentation I heard about the World Bank and its role in promoting human rights and development. I am very passionate about human rights and development and that is why I applied for this programme which covers both. Also I have always wanted to travel and broaden my knowledge,’ said Zulu.
For Zulu, who is researching the role of Governance in Regional Economic Development for her dissertation, the course will not only contribute to her field of study but will also give her inspiration for a research topic for her doctoral studies which she plans to pursue after completing her masters degree.
‘This programme is a great opportunity for me to take what I have learnt from my LLB and RLED and consolidate it to come out with a topic for my PhD. It is also exciting that the course is at The Hague which is known as the “World’s Legal Capital” - I have always dreamt of going there. I have learnt so much about economic empowerment as a young researcher and I cannot wait to learn more about international practices.’
Commenting on Zulu’s achievement, GSB&L Dean and Head of School, Professor Stephen Migiro, said: ‘One of GSB&L’s aspirations is to promote exposure for its students to international best practices. We are training and developing manpower that could actively contribute in local and international work spaces. We therefore encourage our students to try development opportunities whenever they emerge.’Thandiwe Jumo