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Nelson Mandela University to host the DST-NRF Centres of Excellence Annual Directors' Forum

On 1 September 2017, the Minister of Science and Technology, Naledi Pandor, will deliver the keynote address at the Department of Science and Technology (DST)-National Research Foundation (NRF) Centres of Excellence Annual Directors' Forum.

This year marks the 13th anniversary of the DST-NRF Centres of Excellence (COE). The DST-NRF COE are physical or virtual centres of research that concentrate existing capacity and resources to enable researchers to collaborate across disciplines and institutions on long-term projects that are locally relevant and internationally competitive in order to enhance the pursuit of research excellence and capacity development.

To date, 15 COE and a national institute have been established and mandated to operate within five key performance areas, namely, research/knowledge production, education and training, information brokerage, networking and service rendering.

This year's event will be held under the theme "Triumvirate Transformation in the COE", with special reference to three important pillars – people, knowledge enterprise and engagement with society.

Every year, the NRF convenes a COE Directors' Forum to take stock of their work and showcase the impact their research is having on pressing issues such as HIV prevention and food security.

The Chief Executive Officer of the NRF, Dr Molapo Qhobela, and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the Nelson Mandela University, Prof. Andrew Leitch, will join Minister Pandor at the event on 1 September 2017.

The media are invited as follows:

Day 1
Date: 31 August 2017
Venue: Nelson Mandela University, Business School, Green Building, Summerstrand Campus, Port Elizabeth
Time: 11:30–14:30

Day 2
Date: 1 September 2017
Venue: Nelson Mandela University, Business School, Green Building, Summerstrand Campus, Port Elizabeth
Time: 8:30–15:00

RSVP: If you wish to accept the invitation, please RSVP to palesa.mokoena@nrf.ac.za or thabang.setlhare@dst.gov.za (please indicate any special dietary requirements)

For media attendance, please contact Palesa Mokoena at 081 588 5819, Thabang Setlhare at 072 659 9690 or Zandile Mbabela at 078 164 0449.

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