EU-funded project kicks up a STORM

The opening meeting for the STORM (Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalisation in Research Management) project was held in Stellenbosch, South Africa in March 2017.

The project, funded by the EU’s Erasmus Programme, calls for capacity development in higher education, and aims to offer opportunities for professional development of research managers in the SADC region and Europe.

Several training courses at different career levels will be developed, and these include: a certificate course for junior staff members, a curriculum for a Master‘s degree in Research Management, and an accreditation or registration process for the acknowledgement of the experience of senior staff in the research management sphere.

The said Master’s in Research Management would be a first in Africa, through which careers of mid-level research managers will be promoted.

The partners in this project will also use the opportunity to benchmark and to develop best-practice guidelines.

According to the project leader, Dr Therina Theron of Stellenbosch University, the project has the potential to transform the landscape of Research Management in the SADC area and beyond.

Dr Anna Matros-Goreses, the Director of Project Services Unit at NUST echoed similar sentiments saying that STORM will play a role in levelling the playing field within the Research Management sphere.

All the consortium partners, Bristol University, Copenhagen University, Kaunas University of Technology (Lithuania), the University of the Western Cape, the University of Namibia, the Namibian University of Science and Technology, the University of Botswana, the Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning, and SARIMA, were present.

NUST will host the next STORM Consortium meeting on 22 May 2017, ahead of the start of the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA) Conference on Research Management and Administration which will also be held in Windhoek, 22 - 25 May 2017, at the Safari Hotel and Conference Centre.

For more information please visit:
https://sites.google.com/view/projectstorm

Date: 
Friday, May 19, 2017
for Month: 
May, 2017

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