Health, Trade, Environmental and Business Matters Explored at Research DayGeneral

School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Research Day participants.School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Research Day participants.

The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) began the 2017 academic year on a productive note with the hosting of its Annual Research Day and Biannual Postgraduate Research Seminar at the Ascot Conference Centre in Pietermaritzburg.

The seminar, championed by the School’s Academic Leader for Higher Degrees and Research, Dr Harold Ngalawa, featured 38 presentations from the School’s academic staff and PhD candidates, covering a broad range of topics in accounting, economics, finance and education, including health, environment and business matters.

‘Against a background of a difficult academic year highlighted by #feesmustfall demonstrations, we managed to organise the most successful research day in the history of the School.

‘The number of presentations nearly doubled, the participation by Accounting staff was overwhelming, and attendance was very high, compared to the previous year,’ he said.

The School’s Acting Dean and Head, Dr Mabutho Sibanda, who received an award for being the School’s top researcher, said it was heartening to see that staff and students were prioritising research.

‘This marks the fourth consecutive year that the School has hosted a Research Day and I am proud to say that this year we have almost doubled the number of presentations compared to 2016. I appreciate the effort made by academics and support staff in making this venture a success as research enables this School to move forward,’ said Sibanda.

Other research award recipients included Dr Claire Vermaak, who was recognised for graduating the most students in 2016, and Ms Mishelle Doorasamy and Dr Farai Kwenda who were named second and third top researchers respectively.

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Thandiwe Jumo