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R10 Million for Strategic Research Collaboration!

​At the opening ceremony of the Annual eThekwini-University Research Symposium (EURS) the eThekwini Municipality City Manager, Sibusiso Sithole announced a potential R10 million funding towards strategic research collaboration.


Thirty research papers were presented at the City’s second research symposium, hosted by MILE in partnership with the Durban University of Technology (DUT). The event was fully supported by  Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and the National Research Foundation (NRF).


Over 280 academics and city officials attended the event with this year’s overarching theme being ‘Towards Sustainable Livelihoods’ which allowed for a range of research inputs and opportunities to reflect on issues and challenges facing eThekwini’s urban as well as the expansive rural and traditional areas.


The objectives of the symposium were to promote: academic-practitioner engagement on relevant research outputs; identifying opportunities for strategic collaborative research and leveraging opportunities for post-graduate research.


During his address at the opening of the symposium, the Vice Chancellor and Principal of DUT, Professor Ahmed Bawa placed emphasis on the importance of the existing partnership between the universities and the City.


“The partnership between the universities and eThekwini Municipality is very important. We as DUT see this partnership as an interface with the Municipality & the Universities. We need to think about how we create Durban as a learning city, to ensure that everyone in the city is learning," said Prof Bawa.


Mr.  Udo Richard Averweg an IT Project Manager, eThekwini Municipality who presented at the Symposium described the event as successful and an ideal research space for academics and eThekwini officials.


“The eThekwini-University Research Symposium was a successful event since it afforded both practitioners and academia to share their varied research interests. As I was able to network with many other researchers, I was able to give perspectives on their research and this face-to-face interaction should also lead to future research opportunities. The symposium is an ideal research space for spawning future collaborative endeavors and for facilitating that City-University partnerships remain sustainable,” said Mr. Averweg.


MILE has been tasked to facilitate a strategic collaborative research agenda which will respond to identified strategic challenges in eThekwini Municipality whilst working with the eThekwini-University Research Committee (EURC).


Click here to download all the presentations from the #EURS2013


Click here to view the gallery.


 A detailed learning note will be published soon.

 

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