UKZN’s School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) began the 2020 academic year on a high note when it hosted its annual Research Day in partnership with the Research Office at the College of Law and Management Studies.
The event is a strategic initiative aimed at contributing to increased research output within the School.
In his welcome address, Academic Leader: Higher Degrees and Research, Professor Josue Mbonigaba, explained that the School adopted Research Day in line with the University’s mandate to drive research excellence.
The day’s proceedings began with a plenary session with two presentations by School academics, Dr Abdulkader Cassim Mahomedy who broke down the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and Mr Shaun Mowat who spoke on the importance of cultural ecosystem services to a rural southern community.
The remainder of the day was devoted to parallel sessions which featured 39 presentations consisting of mainly collaborative research among academic staff and PhD candidates covering a broad range of topics in accounting, economics, finance and education, including health, environmental and business matters.
Dean and Head of School, Professor Mabutho Sibanda, commended the organising committee for working tirelessly to make the day a success. He also thanked Professor Colette Muller who was the brains behind the School’s adoption of Research Day in 2012.
‘The School has made great strides since the inception of Research Day. The main goal now is to turn all the presentations into publications and, as a School, work towards meeting the University’s publication target,’ said Sibanda.
He also congratulated Professor Paul-Francois Muzindutsi, Associate Professor at the School, who was among UKZN’s Top 30 Researchers in 2019. Muzindutsi was also placed third in the Top 10 Young Researchers.
Words and Photograph: Lungile Ngubelanga