oa Interim : Interdisciplinary Journal - The management of research development at a University of Technology

Volume 4 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1684-498X



This article is supported by the current changes in the South African higher education environment and its impact on research within the University of Technology sector. The article is based on a case study of the Technikon Free State which was merged with the VistaWelkom campus in April 2002 to form the Central University of Technology, Free State. Data was gathered from various institutional (CUT) policies as well as national policies from the Council on Higher Education, the Department of Education, the Ministry of Education and the National Commission on Higher Education. The National Plan for Higher Education (2001) is very specific when it comes to the role that higher education institutions should play in the development of research and in the contribution of significant research outputs. The importance of research development and research output has become the main focus in higher education. Concurrently, policy processes today focus on the management of research development and achievements. In pursuing the priority of managing research development, the CUT has committed itself to an innovative focus on the management of research and research capacity-building and has shown an increase in research outputs over the past five years.

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