Following the recommendation of the 1998/1999 SERTEC report, the Council of the then Mangosuthu Technikon decided to establish a Research Directorate. The Research Directorate was established in 2000 and a Director and Secretary were appointed to support research in July 2000.
Under the Leadership of the late Professor E. Zingu (DVC: Academic), a research culture was established and the number of staff members involved in research as well as the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) accredited research output started to grow.
With the change from a Technikon to a University of Technology came the acknowledgement that research is one of the core functions of Mangusuthu University of Technology (MUT). Professor Ramogale (DVC: Academic) was instrumental in significantly increasing the funding available for research and research incentives as well as establishing the position of a Research Co-coordinator.
During 2014, he proposed that the position of DVC: Academic be phased out of favour of two DVC positions:
- Research, Innovation and Engagements; and
- Teaching and Learning.
Since June 2015 the Research Directorate is under the leadership of Professor Zodwa Dlamini (DVC: Research Innovation and Engagements).
The Research Directorate is responsible for the following main areas:
- Research capacity development
- Research administration
- Technology Transfer administration
Mangosuthu University of Technology will be recognised as a source of research expertise.
To produce credible research by supporting research and development activities, enhancing the quality and quantity of appropriate skilled people and thus become a part of the problem solving mechanism for our region and our country.
The DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagements, through the Research Directorate, is currently considering the role the TIA Bioprocessing Platform can play in technology transfer.
Commercialisation initiatives of Intellectual Property and know-how in collaboration with TSC and the Regional Office of Technology Transfer will be initiated and supported.
Quality Management systems will be revisited.