College of Law and Management Studies Strives for Research Excellence
In support of UKZN’s strategic goal of being a research-led institution, the Dean of Research in the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor Nomthandazo Ntlama, hosted the inaugural College Research Day on the Pietermaritzburg campus.
The theme for the day was: The Foundation Has Just Been Laid for Research Excellence.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College, Professor John Mubangizi, said the event was intended to inculcate the spirit of research in the College, strengthen the relationship between the emerging and senior researchers, promote interdisciplinary research among the four Schools of the College, and contribute to research excellence.
The Research Day is one of many College strategic initiatives geared towards improving its competitiveness in terms of securing funding.
Mubangizi commended Ntlama for introducing various research initiatives aimed at building research capacity in the College, including hosting an Examiners Workshop in August as well as a Postgraduate and Postdoctoral Seminar planned for 17 and 18 October.
The research papers presented by the academics from the four schools were assessed by independent judges with cash prizes offered for the best entries. Ntlama introduced this element in order to determine the impact of the research papers on the contribution to knowledge in a specific discipline.
Commenting on the quality of the papers presented, one of the judges, Dr Shamim Bodhanya, said they had been impressed by the extent of research areas covered by academics from various disciplines.
Mr Riaz Dhai of the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance won the prize for the Best Paper Award for his entry titled: A comparison of the Performance of the FTSE South African Islamic Index to the Market in South Africa.
Ntlama said the day proved to be enlightening as the papers presented by the four Schools were diverse and academics provided constructive feedback. This was seen as a move in the right direction in terms of interdisciplinary research.
Ntlama urged Academic Leaders for Research in the various Schools to work with the College Editors to ensure the papers were published in order to improve research productivity.
- Hazel Langa