[dropcap]A[/dropcap]cademic and non-academic staff members at the Management College of Southern Africa (MANCOSA) were awarded for excelling in their research endeavours by the Director of Research, Professor Adolf Lowies at a recent academic staff luncheon.
The combined research undertakings of staff members had seen MANCOSA achieve 53 publications for 2013 in various international peer reviewed journals.
Addressing the luncheon, MANCOSA’s Principal, Professor Yusuf Karodia and the Dean, Professor Mohamed Saheed Bayat expressed their appreciation to academics for being proactive in research and extended their thanks for the volume of research publications in various accredited journals.
Vartikka Indermun with Professor Adolf Lowies
The 2013 Researcher of the Year award was bestowed on Ms Vartikka Indermun for her research publication successes. Ms Indermun who had accomplished six research publications in 2013 said:
“Being recognised as Researcher of the Year was indeed a humbling moment for me. This is the realisation of a lot of hard work and effort and I am truly and honestly thrilled to have received this award. It is an honour and a privilege.”
The Singaporean Journal of Business Economics and Management Studies, International Journal of Innovative Research in Management (IJIRM) and the Interdisciplinary Journal of Contemporary Research in Business, UK Chapter: Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom are amongst the journals that have published Ms Indermun’s research.
Mrs Guillermina Ritacco with Professor Adolf Lowies
Mrs Guillermina Ritacco received the Most Promising Researcher of the Year for 2013 award. The research endeavours and publications of Dr Kiveshni Naidoo, Mrs Shamola Pramjeeth, Mr Simphiwe Nojiyeza and Dr Shaun Pekeur were recognised with each presented awards in the category Research Accomplishments.
Dr Kiveshni Naidoo with Professor Adolf Lowies
Dr Shaun Pekeur with Professor Adolf Lowies
Dr Pekeur who has mentored masters students with their research dissertations and research proposals indicated that receiving the award reminded him of a saying he coined that goes:
“If you work within the environment of your talent you will become talented.”
He further added: “The award is a recognition of talent as well as an inspiration not only for myself, but for all of us at work. I want to thank the people responsible for initiating the awards as it is a great stimulus for recognising and to achieve more.”
Mrs Shamola Pramjeeth bagged the 2012 Upcoming Research award while the Most Promising Researcher of the Year award for 2012 went to Mr Siphiwe Nojiyeza.
Mrs Shamola Pramjeeth with Professor Adolf Lowies
Mrs Pramjeeth who has focused on research in areas including business management, entrepreneurship and marketing said of her achievements: “It is a great pleasure to be acknowledged for my efforts considering I was extremely ill both in 2012 and 2013 and tried my best to deliver. Personally, it has shown me I am stronger and more capable than I thought and gives me motivation to pursue my PhD.”