GMRDC host annual Postgraduate Day

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 The Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) hosted its annual Postgraduate Day on 8 November in Alice.

The open day provides an opportunity for postgraduate students across faculties to present their scholarly work whilst it stimulates academic discussion. The session also allows for constructive criticism of one’s work by peers.

Guest speaker Dr Motsamai Molefe, a Senior Researcher from the Centre for Leadership Ethics in Africa spoke about the importance of investing in Postgraduate students. “If a nation or society is serious about its future it must invest in its postgraduate students, especially in a society that is information and value driven.  If South Africa wants to position itself for the future, it should do what leading nations of the world do - invest in its postgraduates students”, he said.

Postgraduate students must read constantly and be thoroughly trained in their particular discipline in order to be able to provide solutions to societal issues.

In his concluding remarks Dr Molefe said: “You should not aim to merely finish your research or article, but to produce quality work and master the discipline you are in”.

In support, Postgraduate Studies Director, Dr Mamadi Matlhako advised: ‘’Lack of financial support can put a strain on students.  Institutions should thus endeavour to provide funding.  Also, we need students that look at problems through an interdisciplinary lens”.

Dr Matlhako encouraged students to always be ethical when doing their work.