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 Funding for research increased in 2016 by 22% from 2015, and the University obtained state-of-the-art research equipment to the value of R14m.
Research capacity is further demonstrated in the number of Research Chairs and Centres of Excellence, and UP’s leading Research Institutes and Centres. In 2016 there was a total of 113 research entities: 84 Institutes and Centres; 29 industry and internationally sponsored Research Chairs; and, taken together, 20 DST-NRF South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) Chairs, Centres of Excellence, and Medical Research Council Units.
In a sector-wide analysis of research performance in 2015, undertaken by the national Department of Higher Education and Training in 2016, the University of Pretoria performed well: in terms of overall research output, it ranked the highest in South Africa, and also the highest with respect to the weighted per capita output (of publications, plus master’s and doctoral graduates). While this sector-wide analysis is still pending for 2016, the University anticipates that it will maintain a leading position with respect to research output, with audited institutional data showing a 14.4% increase in journal articles alone. This is testament to the success of several initiatives that have been implemented to support research at the University.
Regional and international partnerships at the University are driven through strategic institutional and faculty agreements, and, importantly, through expanded research networks, as are reflected in the number of co-authored papers with international researchers, as well as in the increased intake of international postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows. However, partnerships are more than publications. As many of the research profiles presented in this Review illustrate, it is also about research informing policy, and about active partnerships in the implementation of policies towards the achievement of sustainable development that leaves no one behind.
I hope that the progress made, and the relevance and impact of the excellent research being done at the University of Pretoria, are evident to readers. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to those who are doing the research, and to all who have contributed to this Review.
Professor Stephanie Burton
Vice-Principal: Research and Postgraduate Education
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