Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST)

CREST hosts five post-graduate programmes in Monitoring and Evaluation Studies and Science and Technology Studies.

The Centre also hosts the DSI-NRF Centre of Excellence in Scientometrics and Science, Technology and Innovation Policy (SciSTIP) and the SARCHI Chair in Science Communication (SciCOM).

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Assessing the research performance of UWC

Prof. Johann Mouton was invited to share his thoughts on UWC’s performance during a webinar held on 20 April 2021.

During his presentation, Prof. Mouton addressed the issue of whether UWC can consider itself to be a research-led or a research-intensive university.

The full presentation can be viewed online.

Report on the quality of research publications released

In 2017, the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) commissioned CREST to investigate the quality of research outputs in South Africa and make recommendations about how the system can be strengthened to ensure that only the best and highest quality South African publications are subsidised. The report, which is now available for download, consists of findings of an analysis of the most recent trends in the quality and integrity of research publications funded under the DHET research output framework.

Science output up, but more data needed for well-directed investment

African scientists’ share of the world’s publications has been increasing and more of the research published by scientists from the continent is being cited, but more regular, reliable and comprehensive data on research universities in Africa is needed to ensure that imminent decisions related to investing in the continent’s universities are well-directed.

There has never been a better time to sharpen your #scicomm skills

Enrol now for this Stellenbosch University online course

This popular online science communication course is designed to help researchers and communication professionals to get to grips with the principles and practice of effective science communication. Across all modules we will reflect on the effect of the global Covid-19 pandemic and its implications for public science engagement with a focus on what we have learned that we can use to improve science communication.

Apply on or before 21 May 2021.

Online Training Course for Supervisors of Doctoral Candidates at African Universities

This course offers a flexible study opportunity to academic staff members, particularly novice doctoral supervisors, who are interested in advancing their knowledge, skills and networks in doctoral supervision.

Applications close on 31 May 2021.