NIHSS National Doctoral Conference takes the high road

The 2016 NIHSS National Doctoral Conference lived up to everyone’s expectation. Held at the Birchwood Hotel and Conference Centre on the 2-3 November 2016, the annual gathering indeed attracted PhD students from all corners of the country and some parts of the continent such as Botswana, Nigeria and Zimbabwe.

All prominent speakers invited gave inspirational speeches.  Thanks to messages of support delivered by the South African Humanities Deans Association (SAHUDA) and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Both organisations reiterated the point that the NIHSS is growing by leaps and bounds since its inception. 

The final day saw Higher Educational and Training dignitaries descending to the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre. The Minister Higher Educational and Training, Dr Bonginkosi Nzimande gave a moving keynote address, which left no stone unturned in the academic domain. The minister made it clear that he does not regret establishing the Institute because the ministry is faced with a challenge to revitalise the academic profession.

“A PhD is the highest level of degree and we need to produce more. I hope that some of you will work in one of our universities when you complete your studies,” Dr Nzimande said.

The two-day conference ended on a hype with the announcement of best conference papers, as adjudicated by mentors.  Modjadji Shirindi, Mooniq Shaikjee and Tebogo Mahashe smiled all the way home with brand new iPads, awarded to them as a token of appreciation for their hard work.

Building and Dynamising the Humanities and Social Sciences

The National Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences is proud to have hosted the inaugural National Doctoral Conference, bringing together 200 second and third-year NIHSS funded doctoral students in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) who are completing their degrees in the South African public universities. 

The conference aimed at creating and fostering student-centred approaches to doctoral research development, while also providing the students with a platform and opportunity to:

  • present and showcase their research with fellow doctoral candidate;
  • provide a nurturing environment for stimulating peer feedback on each other’s work;
  • facilitate networking and collaboration possibilities among students working on similar projects; guided by senior and leading academics in the country; and 
  • encourage the formulation of collegial relationships and communities of NIHSS funded students.

The high impact conference programme presented multiple plenary sessions of 19-themes based on students’ Abstracts and Papers, as well as seven-themed Posters.

NIHSS collaborates with the South African Humanities Dean Association (SAHUDA) and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in delivering its Doctoral Scholarship Programme and African Pathways Programme.

The NIHSS is proud to present a platform focused on best practice student-centred learning approach, as offered by the 2016 National Doctoral Conference.