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Academic staff members at the University are continuously expanding their personal lists of achievements. Prof Stella Nkomo, professor in the Department of Human Resource Management in the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences, was awarded a B1-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF) and Prof Robin Crewe, Vice-Principal was elected to head the Network of African Science Academies.  

Prof Stella Nkomo
of the Department of Human Resource Management has been awarded an NRF B1-rating. This is a tremendous achievement, as she is the only staff member in the faculty who has such a high rating.  

The NRF evaluation of researchers is based primarily on the quality of research outputs in the most recent eight years and is undertaken by national and international peer reviewers, who are requested to critically scrutinise the completed research. All reviewers have to concur that the applicant is a leading international scholar in the field and enjoys considerable international recognition for the high quality and impact of his or her recent research outputs. 

Apart from the B1-rating, Prof Nkomo’s internationally recognised work on race and gender, and managing diversity has appeared in numerous journals and edited volumes. She is also co-author with Prof Ella LJ Bell of the critically acclaimed Harvard Business School Press book, Our separate ways: black and white women and the struggle for professional identity, and has been listed in the International Who’s Who in the Management Sciences for her pioneering research on race and gender in organisations. 

Furthermore, Prof Nkomo has been elected as founding president of the African Academy of Management (AFAM), a leading professional association for scholars dedicated to creating and disseminating knowledge about management and organisations. 

Prof Stella Nkomo
Prof Stella Nkomo

Prof Robin Crewe, Vice-Principal and President of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf), was elected the President of the Network of African Science Academies (NASAC) at the 6th General Assembly of NASAC held in Cape Town.

Prof Crewe took over from Prof Mohamed Hassan, who laid a solid foundation for African science academies to work together through this network. In his tenure as President of NASAC, Prof Crewe sees the key challenges as the revitalisation of NASAC’s governance structures, science academy development in Africa, policy advice at a continental level and the sustainability of the network. A ten-year strategic plan is being developed that will guide and position NASAC as an effective African body to advance science and technology development on the continent.

NASAC is a consortium of science academies in Africa that was established in 2001 in Nairobi, Kenya, under the auspices of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS) and the InterAcademy Panel (lAP). It is committed to enhancing the capacity of existing science academies and encouraging the creation of new academies in African countries where none exist.

Prof Crewe’s accolades include a Gold Medal from the Zoological Society of South Africa and honorary membership of the International Federation of Beekeepers' Associations (APIMONDIA). Furthermore, he is a Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society and of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS), and is a Chevalier de l'Order National du Mérite (France).