Mar 9, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The continent of Africa continues to break barriers in the research.

At a recent awards ceremony for South African academics, University of South Africa (UNISA) Vice-chancellor, Professor Madla Makhanya applauded the work of over 70 researchers. 

According to IOL News, Dr. S. Jansen van Rensburg, age 30, earned the 2017 Young FemaleDcotral Graduate Award for her work in law.

Former President Thabo Mbeki said, "Our commitment to advancing women in research, and especially black women, is a matter of pride and is bearing fantastic results. Fundamental to our approach is a commitment to excellence and support for our early career researchers, emerging research leaders, and researchers from designated groups."

He added, "It is quite simply, the right thing to do if we are to meet and overcome the challenges posed by our developmental state, and the imperative for genuine and lasting transformation."

Makhanya explained that South African researchers were making their mark--and cited the globalization of education as a catalyst for collaboration that transcends geographical boundaries.

He said, "For Unisa this is good news at a time when we are engaged in a fundamental phase of transformation towards our vision of being the African university that is shaping futures in the service of humanity.

“We are called to grow our researchers, and our research outputs, and to conduct the developmental benefits of the Sustainable Development Growth.

“But we are also called on, line with our strategy and status as an internationally acknowledged Open Distance and e-Learning, to engage in cross-national collaborative research work.”

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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