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South Africa to launch initiatives aimed at supporting the development of emerging academics and researchers

The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) and Universities South Africa (USAf) will launch two online initiatives aimed at supporting the development of emerging academics and researchers at South Africa’s public universities. The launch will take place on Thursday, 18 May 2023.

In South Africa, the quest for institutional transformation has created a need to continually challenge traditional notions of what an academic is and should be

The platforms are part of the DSI-sponsored Advancing Early Career Researchers and Scholars (AECRS) project, and a direct response to findings of a 2018 USAf study that uncovered the struggles of emerging scholars at public universities.

Called Thuso Resources and Thuso Connect, the online platforms provide much-needed tools, information and mentorship, and will be accessible to everyone seeking to grow their research career in higher education.

Thuso Resources is a repository of key information resources and programmes available for capacity building and support for emerging academics, while Thuso Connect serves as a virtual meeting place to connect emerging researchers with experienced mentors.

There are so many academic studies introduced in this emerging world. The value for these new studies is great and respectful. Some new academic studies include Artificial intelligence, Machine learning, Deep learning, Cloud computing, and so on. Though the demand for studying these is less among students earlier, it attracts students who are interested in that field. The moment people realize about emerging technologies chooses to study in these fields.

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