WSU postdoctoral researcher Dr Frank Unuoufin touched down in East London with his head held high following a successful showing at the second Innovation Bridge Showcase and Matchmaking Event held in Johannesburg recently.
The exhibition, held at Gallagher Estate on 15 September, saw over 100 innovators from different sectors, including tertiary institutions, hubs, institutes, business, government and investors, congregate under one roof to deliberate and share ideas about their latest technological and innovative developments.
Food insecurity can never be completely eradicated until natural resources are optimally utilised and included in the diets of most people, according to WSU Centre for Learning and Teaching Development senior institutional research associate, Dr Thozama Mandindi.
A WSU research study into the viability of an alternative indigenous leafy vegetable to the more “exotic varieties” has earned the University an award at an international research conference.
Post-doctoral researcher within the Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) programme at the University, Dr Collise Njume’s presentation of a ground-breaking research paper titled “Nutritional Assessment of Chenopodium album L. (Imbikicane) generated by biochemistry student Bomkazi Gqaza saw him being honoured with a certificate of excellence on behalf of the University at this year’s 2nd International Conference on Nutrition and Food Science held in the Russian capital of Moscow recently.
Walter Sisulu University (WSU) Vice-Chancellor Professor Rob Midgley has called on universities and the private sector to change their relationships with local communities. The philosophy at WSU follows that by breaking the long-held perception of isolation and engaging actively with the communities, they can bridge the gap between industry and the needs and knowledge of locals.
The launch of an innovation centre at the university is driving it towards its next stage of development.