Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University was awarded a grant of R200 000 for Best overall improvement in technology innovation at the Innovation Fund’s Annual Report function held in Cape Town recently.
Top honours for the most technologically innovative institution went to North West University who walked away with the prestigious title and a grant of R550 000. The awards, which ranked the top nine most innovative institutions in South Africa and which encompassed winners in five categories, were presented by Minister Mangena of the Department of Science and Technology. The Innovation Fund is an instrument of the Department of Science and Technology.
Acting Executive Director of the Innovation Fund, McLean Sibanda commented, “The Most Innovative Higher Education Institution (HEI) competition is aimed at supporting, encouraging and recognising not only excellence in innovation awareness and capacity but also improvement in those areas. As an instrument of the Innovation Fund, the competition furthermore aims to stimulate and develop entrepreneurial talent among academic staff and students to transform innovative ideas into viable businesses. Winning institutions not only received the title but also sizeable financial grants.”
The top HEIs were ranked from one to nine in terms of total performance in technological innovation. Winners, as judged and selected by a panel of independent adjudicators, include:
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