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NRF Statement on Predatory Journals & Deceptive Publishers

The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa’s peer review and adjudication system has identified a number of instances where applications for research grants, scholarships and NRF rating include publications in predatory journals or cite invitations by deceptive publishers to serve on editorial boards of journals.  

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NRF-STINT Kick-Off Workshop

The International Relations and Cooperation (IRC), in partnership with the Swedish Foundation for International Cooperation in Research and Higher Education (STINT), have the 2-day kick-off and launching workshop for the 2016 funded joint projects under the Swedish / South Africa Science and Technology Cooperation. The workshop took place on 16-17 March 2017 in Pretoria. The objectives of the workshop were to:

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The NRF and ESRC collaborate to fund research on the role of technology in the future of higher education

How can universities level the field for students who come from highly diverse economic and social backgrounds, and who have different levels of experience in using technology?

The Unbundled University: Researching emerging models in an unequal landscape will look at the “unbundling” of higher education and ask if the traditional university – offering a single package for many aspects of the student experience including teaching, content and assessment – is still relevant.

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African Academy of Sciences recognises exceptional young South African scientists

The African Academy of Sciences (AAS) has selected 22 early career scientists through a merit based review process for the second cohort of the AAS Affiliates Programme that recognises exceptional young scholars. The 22, who are PhD holders and below the age 40, were selected from Benin, Cameroon, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Uganda and Zambia and will be AAS Affiliates during 2017 to 2021.

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