On Friday, 14 October 2016, the Postgraduate School at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) hosted the sixth annual Inter-Faculty Postgraduate Symposium, at the University’s Protea Auditorium, at the School of Tourism and Hospitality.
This year the winners of the first and second sessions were Lwazi Charles Mahlalela and Sajan George, who received iPads as prizes. The runner up, Redrisse Djoumessi Fobasso, won a tablet. The winner of the poster presentation, Chijioke Peter, also won a tablet.
The whole-day symposium provides an opportunity for postgraduate students to share their research findings in the form of either oral presentations or posters. Each year participation in this event grows. This year 133 postgraduate students participated in the Symposium, 58 of whom presented their research on the day. Judged by academic staff members, each presentation was rated on a scale of 1 to 5 on ten criteria, the scores were then used by the judges in deliberations about the best presentations.
Also in attendance was Prof Shireen Motala, Senior Director of the UJ Postgraduate School, with guest speakers Dr Carol Nonkwelo, the Executive Director of Research and Innovation, and Prof Elias Mpofu, a Distinguished Visiting Professor in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Sydney.
Prize-giving was followed by a plenary session, facilitated by Tshepo Moloi, the Postgraduate Association Chairperson at which he explained the role of the Association and took questions from the students. They also had the opportunity to interact with stakeholders from Postgraduate Fund Management, and The Technology Transfer Office.