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FOUR PHD GRADUATES FROM THE DUT SHORT COURSE UNIT AIM TO INCREASE NETWORKING WITH THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY AND OTHER RESEARCHERS IN THE INDUSTRY

FOUR PHD GRADUATES FROM THE DUT SHORT COURSE UNIT AIM TO INCREASE NETWORKING WITH THE RESEARCH COMMUNITY AND OTHER RESEARCHERS IN THE INDUSTRY

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Short Course Unit  (SCU) together with the academic Department of Entrepreneurial Studies and Management achieved four PhD graduates, namely, Dr AK Patel, Dr David Sedumedi, Dr Gona Govender and Dr Patrick Mkhize at the recent DUT 2024 Autumn Graduation ceremony which took place at the Olive Convention Centre.

Graduates were registered for the qualification, Doctor of Philosophy in Management Sciences, specialising in Leadership and Complexity. “With the completion of my PhD, I intend to supervise masters and doctoral students. I want to actively publish articles in accredited DHET Journals and international journals which specialise in Systems Thinking and Living Theory. I would like to network with the research community and I want to learn from other researchers in the industry,” said one of the four graduates, Dr A K Patel, who is from MUT.

“‘The completion of my Doctor of Philosophy in Management Sciences, specialising in Leadership and Complexity, resulted in a range of emotions that were experienced, the top two primarily being a sense of relief and accomplishment. I am confident that this qualification will open avenues for the requisite career progression that are aligned with my long term goals. Sincere gratitude must go to all who assisted with administrative support from DUT and who are not given specific acknowledgement in the manuscript ‘you know who you are,” explained Dr Gona Govender, MUT.

” The delays caused by COVID-19 were nearly catastrophic for me because I had just begun my research interviews (48) when it hit. I learned that the relationship with your supervisors can either determine your failure or your success.  The motivation and guidance from our project coordinator throughout my journey was helped keep me going. This and the support from the university was the reason the May 2024  graduation was possible for me.”  said Dr Danny Mkhize,  PhD Leadership and Complexity graduate.
As the programme nears its end, the SCU maintains that research output from the 17 graduates is set to increase in the years to come by means of research articles, supervision and research projects.
Project Coordinator,  Selisha Ramduth, “It has been an extremely long journey for  these graduates. Working full time jobs, facing real life issues with COVID-19 and tough employment conditions, they kept to their goals and worked through their hurdles. Their respective supervisors,  Dr Stan Hardman and Dr Shamim Bodhanya guided them through the beginning of their research journey and have helped them get one foot through the door. We (DUT Short Course Unit and Entrepreneurial Studies and Management) aim to drive this momentum by seeing them through the rest of the journey.”

Pictured: Three PhD graduates, Dr  Dr Danny Mkhize , Dr David Sedumedi, and Dr Gona Govender along with Selisha Ramduth,  Short Course Unit , Executive Dean, Professor Netswara, and the academic HoD : Entrepreneurial Studies and Management,  Professor Robert Zondo at the recent DUT 2024 Autumn Graduation ceremony.

Photographer: Morgen Kisten

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