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South African Research Chairs Initiatives (SARChI)

The South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) programme is a national knowledge and human resource development intervention, led by the Department of Science and Technology and managed by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

The main goal of the initiative is to strengthen and improve research and innovation capacity of public universities for producing high-quality postgraduate students, research, and innovation outputs. Some of the objectives of SARChI are to:

  • Expand the scientific research and innovation capacity of South Africa;
  • Improve South Africa’s international research and innovation competitiveness while responding to social and economic challenges of the country;
  • Attract and retain excellent researchers and scientists;
  • Increase the production of masters and doctoral graduates; and
  • Create research career pathways for young and mid-career researchers, with a strong research, innovation, and human capital development output trajectory.

Rhodes University is home to fourteen (14) SARChI Research Chairs:

In addition, Rhodes University enjoys the associated hosting of a 15th SARChI chair within its associated institute SAIAB (South African Institute of Aquatic Biodiversity):

•           Inland Fisheries and Freshwater Ecology

The chair incumbent is Professor Olaf Weyl, Honorary Professor of Rhodes University

 

Last Modified: Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:16:14 SAST