A total of 24 doctoral degrees, nine of which went to staff members, was conferred at the 2013 College of Health Sciences Graduation ceremonies, representing a 25 percent increase on last year’s number of doctoral graduates.
The College also celebrated 116 Masters degrees earned by staff and students – a 50 percent increase in last year’s graduate numbers.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College, Professor Rob Slotow, said the nine College staff members who received their doctorates served as role models for their colleagues and their students.
He also praised the work of supervisors who, he said, had produced excellent results in terms of the number of postgraduates they had overseen while still maintaining their own research studies and upholding their teaching loads.
‘It is a well-known fact that interconnectedness has propelled academics in the College on to global platforms in all spheres of society – as highly respected experts in HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and health sciences education. This confluence of scholarly and intellectual engagement highlights the interdependence of nations and of individuals, globally. It is this drive, amongst our staff, that has produced the calibre of graduates we see this year,’ he said.
Slotow said College of Health Sciences was also honoured by the awarding of UKZN Fellowships to two health professionals – Professor Marie-Louise Newell, Director of the Africa Centre for Health and Population Studies, and former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College, Professor Leana Uys. ‘We thank the two Fellows for their dedication to the University and the tremendous contributions they have made and continue to make in driving scholarly output,’ he said.