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Welcome Message from the Director: Research Management


Prof Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju
Welcome to UMP Research Innovation and Partnership Division. The Division currently comprises two units: Research Management and Research Capacity Development units. The Research Innovation and Partnership Division creates and supports an environment that fosters research quality and productivity, develops and sustains the research productivity of staff and students and ensures that UMP conducts research that contributes to local, regional, national and global sustainability.

We operate on the premise that research is one of the pillars that makes a university complete. Focussing on research has placed UMP in a better position among the institutions of higher learning despite it being one of the two new universities established in post-apartheid South Africa. We have developed rapidly in terms of research capacity development, research disciplines, national and international conference attendance, national and international research partnerships and research outputs. The University’s current research areas of interest include agriculture, biological and environmental sciences, information and communication technology, developmental studies, hospitality management and tourism and, Education. More research areas will be added as programmes are approved by the DHET.