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Aims and Objectives

AIMS

The CoE’s aim to:

  • Promote knowledge and human capital development in areas of strategic importance to South Africa
  • Promote collaborative research
  • Promote and develop interdisciplinary research
  • Systematically develop a creative research training environment that is internationally competitive
  • Strive for the highest standards of quality, international competitiveness and esteem of their science, and
  • Diffuse knowledge to where it is needed.

OBJECTIVES
The objectives of a DST-NRF CoEs are to:

  • Ensure the integration of several smaller and related research initiatives into large science programmes
  • Reward, retain, sustain and improve scientific excellence
  • Exploit the competitive advantage vested in outstanding researchers
  • Promote knowledge and human capital in areas of national strategic importance (including indigenous knowledge)
  • Promote collaborative research
  • Promote and develop interdisciplinary research
  • Systematically develop a creative research training environments that are internationally competitive
  • Raise the quality, international competitiveness, visibility and esteem of South African science e.g. by an increase in global share of research outputs
  • Promote better diffusion and exploitation of the knowledge produced by tertiary institutions
  • Achieve economies of scale through the optimisation of resources and effort through sharing personnel, equipment, data, ideas etc.
  • Ensure secure and stable funding for research and dissemination
  • Allow for planned, strategic, long-term research, and
  • Reduce micro-management of resources by the funding agency.

 

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