Thursday, November 3, 2016

Opportunity to attend the 5th Postgraduate Academy Innovative and Renaissant AFRICA


The Office of the President of African Union Students' Council (AUSC ) in collaboration with the University of Johannesburg in the Republic of South Africa via Honorable Professor Mammo Muchie, the AUSC Presidency's Special Adviser For African Union Focal Point, has pleasure to circulate the extraordinary opportunity among the African students and worldwide international students to attend the 5th  Postgraduate Academy Innovative and Renaissant AFRICA .
The 5th Postgraduate Academy is soon going to be held at the University of Johannesburg on the 10th and 11th November 2016
Therefore, it would be nice to have you there and perhaps get you to participate.
Transport is being arranged for the 2 days for assistance to be available for some AUSC Leaders. 

For reservations send an email to Ms Lourens Elsa,

For more information contact the Office of the AUSC President from
AUSC"For The Better Africa We Deserve", Visit the Transformation of AFRICA framework conceptualized by the AUSC Presidency's Special Advisor Hon Prof Mammo Muchie via the link  
The DST/NRF Research chairs from TUT and UJ along with the TUT Research & Innovation Directorate have run four post-graduate research trainings involving masters doctoral and Postdoctoral researchers. We are very pleased that the UJ’s SARChI chair has joined the TUT’s initiative for promoting inter – faculty, inter-university skills transformation in South Africa. The 5th post-graduate academy will focus on writing skills that are very critical for doing high quality research and publishing. There are variety of ways of writing needed and the choice of which approach is suitable is not easy to discover. There are analytical, reflective, critical, creative and descriptive modes of writing. All post-graduates from different disciplines need to make the choices that are appropriate for writing their research work in clear, concise and intelligent ways. Knowing a set of rules about what is right, probable or wrong or improbable is useful and necessary in writing skills, though it may not be sufficient to do the writing of the research undertaken by each post-graduate and emerging scholar. Researchers face both choices and constraints in the process of doing research writing. Decisions of which choice to make, which direction to take, which is more appropriate for doing their writing given the way the research writing is to be undertaken as opposed to others is not a straight forward matter. Choices made imply certain assumptions are included and others excluded. It is not that simple, therefore, to make research writing choices. Every choice has consequences. There are some choices that promote better research writing strategies than others, which means that they are better suited to address the research writing than others. Research writing selection can position the researcher at a vantage point to attain the best possible outcome by undertaking the specific write-up knowing the audience, the subject and purpose by applying and preferring clear, clean, concise, correct and coherent writing ways, styles combining both technical accuracy and substantive quality and content. What started as a TUT- doctoral and masters academy is now evolving into the Afrikana Post-Graduate Academy (APGA) and it is a pleasure to announce that this fifth postgraduate training will also be a promotor of not only specific university wide training to accelerate academic transformation in South Africa, but also will include subsequently post-graduates from the rest of Africa and the Global South. 


Thursday, November 10, 2016
9:00 - 10:00

Registration and Reception
10:00 - 10:30

Welcome and Keynote Address: The importance of increasing African scholarship and the vision underpinning the academy – Prof. Mammo Muchie

10:30 - 10:45
Tea Break
10:45 - 11:30
Reviving African knowledge heritage through research: where to from here Dr. Shilalo Westen

11:30 - 12:15
Philosophical Paradigms in Scientific Research: Towards African Foundation –
Dr. Diran Soumonni

12:15 – 13:00
Research Skills writing high quality theses in the natural sciences – Prof Felix Dakora
13:00 – 13: 45 Lunch
13:45 - 14:30
Writing for Impact: making use of different channels and understanding your audience – Dr. David Monyae

14:30 – 15:15
Pictorial understanding of your research – Prof Kumbulani Mpofu
15:15 – 15:25 Break
15:25 – 16:05
The ins and outs of the ethics of research dissemination and publishing
Dr. Nganje Fritz

16:05 – 17:45
Tips on Writing Problem Statement, Hypothesis and Conceptual Framework – Dr. Zerihun Mulatu
17:45 – 19:00
Evening Reception Friday, November 11, 2016

9:00 – 09:45
Writing Skills: Reflective , Analytical, Critical and Creative Writing:
Prof. Mammo Muchie

09:45 - 10:30
Ways of collecting and writing statistical data for understanding high quality research – Prof. Zeleke Worku
10:30 - 10:50 Tea Break and Group Photo
10:50 - 13:00
Panel Sessions in Cohorts( Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Humanities): Student /Postdoctoral Presentations - keeping up motivation during research, lessons and reflections – Ms. Odilile Ayodele, Ms. Firehiwot, Ms. Kehinde Omotoso
Writing skills using mathematical modelling to undertake quality research
– Dr. Nwulu Nnamdi

13:00 – 13:15
Lessons learned, the way forward for the Academy
13:15 – 13:30
Closing and Vote of thanks- Prof Chris Landsberg

13:30 Lunch


Elsa Lourens
P/A for the DST/NRF SARChI Professor on Innovation Studies
Tel: +27 12 382 2679 Cell: +27 76 515 1826. 



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