Identifying who the stakeholders are, what their goals are for engaging with them, was the idea behind the Research, Innovation and Engagement (RIE) Stakeholders Engagement, which was held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel on 27 November 2019.
Welcoming the Durban University of Technology (DUT) academic heads and staff to the event was Mr Alan Khan, Senior Director at Corporate Affairs, who thanked everyone for taking time out from their busy schedules to attend the function, and requested everyone to also use the event as a means to network with various departments in attendance.
One of the speakers of the event was Professor Cheryl Potgieter, Research Professor at DUT. She spoke on the critical issue regarding gender-based violence. “DUT is one of few universities that has a gender forum. I have noticed that since I have been here since May 2019 that DUT have many initiatives in terms of women empowerment. Many people say we need a campaign 365 days and not only for one month. We (DUT) now need to talk about gender-based violence, like at the DUT women forum in terms of engaging more men and women with regards to the issue on gender-based violence,” she said.
Professor Sibusiso Moyo-DVC of Research, Innovation and Engagement, also welcomed the guests to the engagement and highlighted that there were plans in place for RIE in 2020. “We have come up with strategies for this sector and there’s a lot of things that will be shared regarding all the campaigns in a form of an official booklet which every line manager will share with their departments,” she stressed.
Prof Moyo also added that there are campaigns in place to improve the digital systems and to further digitise systems and make DUT even more digitally efficient.
Other speakers included a motivational talk by Simo Nzama and a history of the Confucius Institute (CI) and the role it plays by CI’s Co-Dean Dr Wu Lin.
“CI at DUT holds various cultural exchanges every year to promote the friendly exchanges and mutual understanding between China and Africa and we hope to continue forging partnerships between DUT and Chinese universities in 2020 and beyond,” he stressed.
Prof Moyo concluded the event by thanking all those who were involved in making the event a success, especially the Corporate Affairs team and reiterated the importance of the work of every department which is to ensure the image of university is kept and to preserve the brand itself.
Pictured: Professor Sibusiso Moyo-DVC of Research, Innovation and Engagement, speaking at the Stakeholders Engagement.