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Phuhlisa sancor 11 june 2013

The collaboration of the South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity (SAIAB), South African Environmental Observation Network (SAEON) with the University of Fort Hare (UFH) and Walter Sisulu University (WSU) has resulted in a managed programme through which:

• Co-supervision is provided by ACEP, SAIAB and SAEON researchers to enhance and compliment capability at the Universities.
• Professional support is provided to drive the programme in the form of a dedicated Research & Human Capital Development Coordinator.
• Logistic support is provided in the form of access to National Facility research equipment and expertise including offshore research vessels, skippers, 4X4 vehicles, estuary boats, dive teams and submersible ROV.
• Students and Supervisors are provided academic and professional development opportunities in Marine science including supervisory, scientific and life skills courses.
• Financial assistance is provided in the form of bursaries as well as running costs for research to supplement existing funding.

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Phuhlisa sancor 11 june 2013

  1. 1. ACEP Phuhlisa An example of a specific intervention
  2. 2. • SA growing its knowledge economy • NRF aims for – 1% of global research – 6000 PhDs per year by 2025 • National Development Plan (2011) – more woman and African postgraduates – 100 PhDs per million per year by 2030 – Increase PhD qualified staff from 34% to 75% • Minister Hanekom emphasizes need for greater equity in awarding of bursaries Overview
  3. 3. Strategic imperative to: –increase the number of PhDs to increase SA’s research output. –have a representative research community Overview cont…
  4. 4. • No. of Masters declining since 2004 • No. of graduates declining since 2005 • ASSAf report (2010) identifies barriers: – Poor quality schooling, undergraduate and post graduate pipeline – Institutional constraints: limited supervisory capacity – Poor monitoring to track progress – Financial & Administrative – High dropout rate Challenges in HET
  5. 5. % Representivity Life Sciences 44% 50% 55% 57% 42% 35% 29% 29% 8% 9% 11% 8% 7% 6% 6% 5% 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% B degree (2346) Dropout Honours (1028) 56% Masters (453) 56% PhD (215) 53% Coloured Indian African White
  6. 6. • ACEP I (2002 - 2006)– Closed call with no transformation targets. • ACEP II (2007 - 2011)– Open call with transformation targets but limited success in terms of no. of Masters and PhDs produced. • SAEON/ACEP - Nasutus CSI programme (2007-2009), produced 2 Masters students supported BSc Honours, Zoology, UFH. History of Phuhlisa
  7. 7. Successes of Nasutus CSI & ACEP II Mr Luzuko Dali (MSc-Rhodes) Mr Ntuthuko Masikane (MSc- NMMU) currently: PhD
  8. 8. Zimkhitha Gebe – Hons 2010 Sesethu Mbekisa Hons 2011 Mfundo Bizani Hons 2010 Kwasa Ntongana Hons 2011
  9. 9. • Square pegs in round holes – Project selection • Cherry picking - University of origin • Cast the net wider – Marine Science vs Marine Biology • Determine gaps and address with effective training • No dedicated resources – Programme Coordinator Learning from our past experience
  10. 10. – Open call with transformation targets (67%) – Closed call for Postgraduate Marine Science students at Historically Black Universities (33%) – 2012 – 12 Honours (R200K) – 2013 – 10 Honours, 9 Masters, 2 PhDs (R1 mil) – 35 postgraduate students by 2015 ACEP III (2012)– Split call:
  11. 11. • Produce a winning model for the development of a pipeline of High Quality Human Capital in Marine Science by utilizing talent at HBUs of South Africa – Student development at HBU – Supervisor development (where required) – Building of key partnerships between NF’s and HBUs. Phuhlisa Vision
  12. 12. • Fast growing research culture • Very good Microbiology labs • Analytical expertise • Aquaculture • Geology • Good GIS platforms • Good and dedicated staff, eager students Positives at HBUs
  13. 13. Lack of transformation in Marine Science Causes Effects Little incentive to change Historical & Socio-cultural factors Limited awareness/ outreach Underfunded Reduced research output Mediocre Research Low public awareness Unemployment Allure of other disciplines
  14. 14. • Geographic separation – Communication • Disparate financial and administration systems • WSU under administration • Under resourced and poorly maintained research equipment • Regular strike actions Programme challenges
  15. 15. Address challenges • ASSAf report (2010) barriers: 1. Poor quality schooling & high dropout rate 2. Poor monitoring to track progress 3. Institutional constraints: limited supervisory capacity 4. Financial & Administrative • The Phuhlisa Response 1. effective courses academic & professional development 2. Monthly online monitoring and reporting 3. Co-supervision by NF researchers, research platform provision (Boats, 4X4s, dive teams, ROV) 4. Dedicated resources, secure & adequate DST funding
  16. 16. • HBU Supervisors centred approach • Recruitment of high talent/potential individuals • Address critical shortcomings and gaps through excellent effective courses • Adequate continuous funding • Ownership vs NF/HBU partnership • Quick wins vs sustainable growth • Greater integration at HBU departmental level
  17. 17. • Scientific & Academic – Academic writing – Presentation Skills – Statistics, Basic Taxonomy • Lifeskills – First Aid, Swimming, Driving, Skippers license, diving
  18. 18. • ACEP Phuhlisa is a strategic initiative in the form of an intervention • Move towards equal partner collaboration between National Facility and Universities • Caring for the discipline will take more than passion and research excellence • Shape the next generation of South African Marine scientist through transformation In conclusion…
  19. 19. Marine Biology Lukhanyiso Vumazonke (UFH), Alexis Olds & Shaun Deyzel Oyama Siqwepu Investigating Ichthyofuana of the Sundays Estuary Tumeka Mbobo Studying hyperbenthic caridean shrimp, Palaemon peringueyi – Swartkops Estuary
  20. 20. Microbiology Anna Clarke & Angus Paterson Zikhona Jojozi & Sive Bukani Screening of bacteria from gastrointestinal tracts of marine fish for potential use of probiotics Lavious Matereke Spatial analysis of pathogenic coliforms in the Swartkops River Estuary
  21. 21. Marine Geology Ken Liu & Tommy Bornman Sanele Ndzelu Spatial Analysis of Bayscale changes in Particle size in Algoa Bay Nondzuzo Zathelela Spatial Analysis of Bayscale changes in Particle size in St Algoa Bay
  22. 22. GIS Caryll Tyson & Tommy Bornman Tivisani Ndlovu & Amanda Mlungwana Spatial Mapping of Changes in Oyster Bay and St Francis Bay dune system over the years
  23. 23. Estuarine Biology Emile Plumstead, Motebang Nakin & Shaun Deyzel Yolanda Qhaji Bentho-Palagic crustacean community associated with Sediment characteristics in Mngazana Estuary Lwazi Nombembe Spatial variation of Sediment characteristics and tidal volume in Mngazana Estuary Sonwabile Malongwe Bentho-Palagic ichthyofaunal coomunity associated with Sediment characteristics in Mngazana Estuary