22 April 2015 Volume :3 Issue :21

Red is the Colour of Success

Red is the Colour of Success
The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science graduated a total of 106 PhDs at its 2015 graduation ceremonies.

UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) once again made a significant contribution to South Africa’s much-needed brain pool of highly-qualified science, technology and engineering specialists, awarding an impressive 106 PhDs out of a University total of 264 during the 2015 Graduation ceremonies.

The College’s PhD total of 106 is a significant increase over previous years with 98 PhDs being awarded in 2014, 76 in 2013, 77 in 2012 and 69 in 2011.  This steady increase in PhD production is in line with UKZN’s strategic imperative to become the leading research-based university in the country.  Marked progress is being made in this regard.

PhD research showcased by CAES at the 2015 graduations produced a rich and varied body of knowledge, ranging across the agricultural, scientific and engineering disciplines.

Examples include a study of the role of nutrition in preventing disease, by newly-capped Dr Keiron Audain of Trinidad, research into the use of natural compounds to diminish pain killer side effects by Dr Cathryn Slabber, and an examination of the reproductive ecology and population status of the Nile crocodile of Lake St Lucia by Dr Xander Combrink. 

Not only does the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science aim to increase its PhD graduates; it also supports a flourishing post-doctoral research programme.  During 2014, the College supported 172 postdoctoral scholars. 

Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor and Head of the College, Professor Deo Jaganyi, said: ‘The success of the College is due to the commitment and hard work of its academics, professional staff and its students. It is a pleasure to lead this group of individuals.’ 

In total, the College conferred 1952 degrees out of a university total of 9 637.

Sally Frost

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