Research Capacity Development: Challenges Faced by Researchers at Walter Sisulu University

By Nkosinathi Owen Sotshangane.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies

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Today, research capacity development is one of the most critical challenges confronting Walter Sisulu University. Conditions for research have been severely compromised as manifested by a general complaint over heavy teaching loads, inadequate infrastructure, etc. These are unique challenges hence improving the number and quality of researchers is an issue at Walter Sisulu University. We are not only seeking to increase the number of researchers, we are simultaneously trying to transform our educational practice. My focus is on a recent quantitative research study that I conducted at Walter Sisulu University to examine the factors that demonstrate the need for the improvement in knowledge, skills and research capacity development.

Keywords: Theme: Educational Studies (or Social and Community Studies), Walter Sisulu University, Capacity Development, Research Output, New Knowledge, Improvement, Change, Practice

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.63-73. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 190.280KB).

Nkosinathi Owen Sotshangane

Senior Research Associate, Directorate of Research Development, Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, Eastern Cape Province, South Africa

Research Associate who facilitates research capacity development and research excellence within Walter Sisulu University. I manage Research Resource Centre which is being supervised by the Directorate of Research Development. I operate also as a research consultant who oversees day to day administration of Research Resource Centre.