The University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Monday announced that it has received a new research chair following the announcement of the latest round of awards by the National Research Foundation in its South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI) programme.
The Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at UJ recently celebrated the appointment of Professor Wellington Didibhuku Thwala, Professor: Construction Project Management and Leadership, as the incumbent of the SARChI Chair in Sustainable Construction Management& Leadership in the Built Environment.
“The SARChl does not belong to me but to all my students and those who have supported me throughout my career. I feel great and honoured to be awarded such a prestigious research award,” said Prof Thwala.
The South African Research Chairs Initiative was established in 2006 as a strategic intervention of the South African government to reverse brain drain in the public academic and research sector and to develop local expertise.
Prof Thwala’s role is to increase scientific research capacity through the development of human capacity and by stimulating the generation of new knowledge. The position also requires the Chair to significantly expand the scientific research base of South Africa in a way that supports the implementation of the National Research and Development policies.
The new research chair takes the number of chairs that UJ now holds to 14.