University of Fort Hare Research Office

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University of Fort Hare Research Office

University of Fort Hare Research Office

Research at the University of Fort Hare

The Govan Mbeki Research and Development Centre (GMRDC) was established through the amalgamation of the earlier office of the Dean of Research and the former Govan Mbeki Research Resource Centre (GMRRC). The Centre acts as a service to staff on all research and Research and Development related matters across all campuses and administers the University’s research budget. It stimulates, promotes, and builds research capacity among staff and postgraduate students and works in collaboration with donors and national and international research bodies. The Centre also develops – and monitors the implementation of – the University’s research, postgraduate, and research ethics policies. The Directorate of Post-Graduate Studies is located within the GMRDC and is responsible for the promotion, development, and implementation of post-graduate teaching, services, and activities across all campuses. Its main physical base is on the East London campus within the Research and Post-Graduate Centre at 4 Hill Street.

Research Focus Areas

  • Educational Research Niche on Early Childhood Development (ECD)
  • Emthonjeni Healing Centre
  • Albertina Sisulu Executive Leadership Programme in Health (ASELPH)
  • Centre for Transdisciplinary Studies (CTS)
  • Hunterstoun Centre
  • The Teaching and Learning Centre (TLC)
  • Agricultural and Rural Development Research Institute (ARDRI )
  • Isixhosa National Lexicography Unit (xnlu)
  • Eastern Cape Audio Visual Centre
  • Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights
  • Nelson Mandela Foundation Unit for Rural Schools
  • Fort Hare Institute of Technology (FHIT)
  • Fort Hare Institute for Social and Economic Research (FHISER)
  • Fort Hare Solutions
  • Telkom Centre of Excellence (CoE)
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology Research Group
Research Support

Director of Post-Graduate Studies: Dr. Mamadi Matlhako
BA (University of the North), MA (Emory University), PhD (Emory University)
Tel: 040 602 2782

Post‐Graduate Studies Manager: Mr. Bitso P Bitso
B‐Com, RAU; PGD, Social Security, UJ; MSc Social Protection Financing, University of Mauritius
Email: 040 602 2782

Post-Graduate Administrator Ms. Z Jacobs
B Soc Sci (Psychogy) UFH, B Soc Sci Hons (UFH), MA (UFH)
Tel: 040 602 2766

Financial Administrator: Ms K Makoboka
Junior Accountant Career Diploma (Academy of Learning Business College), Diploma (The Financial Management Institute of S.A – FMISA)
Tel: 043 704 7106

Senior Administrator: Ms M Flanegan

Ethics & IP Administrator: Ms. V Ngwevu
B Com (UFH), B Com Hons (UFH), MA (UFH)
Tel: 040 602 2297

NRF Sponsored Administrators:

Ms. J Fortuin
Diploma (Secretarial Course) Commercial Training Centre; Certificate (Pastel Accounting) Intec; Certificate (Human Resource Management) Damelin
Email: 040 602 2440

Ms S Peter
BSc Hons (Zoology) UFH, Certificate in Accounting, Madiba Bay Accountancy Training FET College, Advanced Short Course in Intellectual Property Management and Innovation, UNISA
Email: 040 602 2417

RIMS Administrators
M Menziwa
N6 Certificate East London College
Email: 040 602 2744

Mr. M Vela
BSc Agric (Animal Sci.) UFH, BSc Agric Hons (Animal Sci) UFH
Email: 040 602 2744

GMRDC Administrator: Mr N Mjeza
BA Communication (UFH), BA Communication Hons UFH
Tel: 040 602 2319

Innovation & Intellectual Property Officer: Mr. F Sinefu
BSc (Agric) Crops & Hort UFH, MSc (Agric) Crops UKZN
Tel:040 602 2770

Intellectual Property Administrator: Mrs. N. Mapekula
Tel: 040 602 2770


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