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Cultivating PhDs for Global Competitiveness in SA - SA PhD Conference 2010

South Africa's global competitiveness depends on cultivating a pool of highly skilled doctoral graduates, according to Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, CEO and President of the National Research Foundation (NRF), which spearheads the SA PhD Project.  The NRF is the country’s key public entity responsible for supporting the development of human capacity and knowledge generation.



Close on 300 postgraduate students, mainly engaged in studies towards their Masters degrees, gathered once again, for the annual 2010 PhD Project Conference and Expo. Inkaba's  accompanying exhibition showcased the opportunities for study, financial support and research for post-graduates in related Inkaba areas both in South Africa and Germany.

Dr Van Jaarsveld added that the initiative aligns with the country’s National System of Innovation (NSI) and aims to position South Africa as a leader in knowledge production in all fields of scientific research, including social science, humanities, law, natural sciences and engineering.

The NRF's SA PhD Project’s broad mandate is to:

  • Secure and promote foreign and local study opportunities

  • Offer competitive bursary packages to PhD and post-doctoral candidates

  • Promote the professional advantages of obtaining a PhD through peer and mentor support groups;

  • Increase the pipeline of potential candidates that can qualify for PhD studies and

  • Partner with universities, funding agencies and business.

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