The Faculty of Science was recently reviewed by a panel of three international professors and together with the University of Cape Town’s Prof Daya Reddy during a site visit to UJ’s Auckland Park Kingsway campus and Doornfontein campus from 12 to 15 September 2016.
The panel was led by Prof Karen Oates from Worcester Polytechnic Institution (USA), joined by Prof Victor Gadzekpo from the University of Cape Coast (Ghana), and Prof Olov Sterner who hails from one of the U21 universities, Lund University (Sweden). The visit included a tour of the laboratory facilities on each of the campuses and the panel had an opportunity to engage with the Vice-Chancellor of UJ, Professor Ihron Rensburg, Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Vice-Deans, staff, students, alumni and external stakeholders.
The review panel concluded that the Faculty was instrumental for the university achieving global excellence and stature. In addition, the Faculty was commended on its significant strides towards the development and promotion of science and technology in South Africa, and received positive recommendations on how to improve on this endeavour. A final report will be submitted to the Dean, after which it will be disseminated to the Faculty community and its stakeholders.