THE Executive Dean in the Faculty of Health Sciences at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Professor Nokuthula Sibiya, has won the Distinguished Woman Scientist Award in the Human Sciences category at the 2018 South African Women in Science Awards (SAWiSA), which took place in Polokwane on Thursday.
Prof Sibiya, is a C3-rated researcher, and author of 40 peer reviewed publications, two books and 10 books chapters.
She has presented her papers at national and international conferences and successfully supervised eight doctoral, 45 masters and 22 BTech students and is currently supervising a further eight doctoral and five master’s students.
When quizzed about what might have contributed to her receiving this prestigious award, Prof Sibiya said: “When I submitted my nomination for the award, I had to include a motivation of how my research innovation had enhanced inclusive growth and development of women in particular. Of the 53 postgraduate students I have successfully supervised, 47 are women. The majority of these women graduates (19) are currently appointed as lecturers in higher education at institutions and in colleges. One of my women PhD graduates holds a senior position in the National Department of Correctional Services.”
Prof Sibiya said this recognition is also a huge motivation for her to continue with her contribution towards the research output at DUT.
“Besides contributing a new body of knowledge through research, the resultant research output subsidy also contributes to the financial sustainability of our University. So, I take research seriously, as this is one of my core business as an academic at DUT,” said Prof Sibiya.
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