Excellence in research and teaching
The Faculty of Science strives to be a centre of excellence for postgraduate teaching in the natural, biological and mathematical sciences. This is evident from the fact that over 95% of our academic staff are in possession of a PhD or equivalent degree. We produce a large number of research master's and doctoral graduates each year and focus strongly on the publication of our research outputs in international journals of high standing. Approximately 70% of our scientists are acknowledged by the National Research Foundation as researchers of high international standing. The Faculty is host to eight externally funded research chairs.
Our mission is to collaborate and be able to compete with some of the best in the world, and we are continuously seeking for international partners. This supports the strategic objective of the University to be a major international role-player and to have an impact locally and on the African continent. In this regard the Faculty receives a significant number of competitive grants from the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Department of Science and Technology's (DST) Open Research Programme, the Department of Trade and Industry's Technology and Human Resources for Industry Programme (THRIP), the NRF's National Equipment Programme, the European Union, the South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Innovation Fund, the DST Centres of Excellence funding, the South African Malaria Initiative (SAMI), and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants' Thuthuka Bursary Programme and other prestigious postgraduate bursary funding.
We receive significant contract funding through existing partnerships and collaborations with Science Councils and Government organisations, including the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research's (CSIR)'s Southern Education and Research Alliance (SERA), the Agricultural Research Council, the Water Research Commission, the South African Weather Services and the Chamber of Mines, to name a few. In relation to industries and companies the Faculty of Science has extensive collaborative agreements with some of South Africa's major industrial corporations including SASOL, ESKOM, Sappi and Freeworld Coatings.