Dr Anna Matros-Goreses, the Director of the Project Services Unit (PSU) at NUST, together with Delia Maasdorp, a Projects Analyst from the same Unit, participated in a StoRM project staff training in Denmark, from 11 to 15 June 2018. The main objective of the training was to share best practices regarding the structure and operational procedures of the Research and Innovation Unit of the Faculty of Science, at the University of Copenhagen (UCPH).
NUST is part of a consortium of 10 higher education institutions in southern Africa and Europe participating in the Strengthening of Collaboration, Leadership and Professionalisation in Research Management Project, commonly known as StoRM. The project is funded by the Erasmus Plus Programme of the European Eunion.
Key lessons learnt from the training were that research should be of the highest international quality, and there should be a strong focus on mentoring emerging researchers as an effective means of nurturing and retaining talent, amongst others.
The highlight of the trip was the visit to the well-structured Research and Innovation Unit, together with the passion and work ethic that was potrayed by the staff. The visit was instrumental in contributing towards effective research support services in the quest to further promote NUST’s overall research agenda.