UKZN has won the 2017 National Research Foundation (NRF) Excelleration Award for the most improved research performance, measured against a selection of critical indicators.

The award was sponsored by Clarivate Analytics to show the company’s support of the initiative and the acceleration of innovation in Africa.

UKZN’s Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Albert van Jaarsveld accepted the prize on behalf of the University.

Derived from the words “excellence” and “acceleration”, the NRF Excelleration Award acknowledges South African research institutions for improved research performances.

At the presentation to van Jaarsveld were the Head of Clarivate Analytics’ sub-Saharan Africa region Ms Justine Cresswell; Life Sciences Regional Manager for the sub-Saharan Africa region, Mr Randall Crisp; Web of Science Regional Manager for sub-Saharan Africa, Ms Tracey October, and the  NRF’s Executive Director: Reviews and Evaluation, Dr Rocky Skeef.

The Clarivate Analytics prize includes a complimentary subscription for 12 months to the Integrity solution, the essential knowledge platform for empowering drug research, discovery and development.

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Words: NdabaOnline