VISIT TO SKA SITE BY UKZN LEADERSHIP

VISIT TO SKA SITE BY UKZN LEADERSHIP

Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Professor Nelson Ijumba, and Dean and Head of School for Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Professor Kesh Govinder, were hosted at the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) site at Carnarvon in the Northern Cape as part of a national university leadership delegation.

The visit was arranged by the National Research Foundation (NRF) to give the delegates an update on the progress being made with regards to the SKA project.

SKA - a two billion Euro project awarded to South Africa and Australia - is the largest astronomy venture of its kind world-wide.  The project will involve hundreds of South African and international scientists and train even larger numbers of South African students. It will ensure that South Africa realises its goal of being a choice international astronomy destination.

During their visit, Ijumba and Govinder highlighted the work being done in the field at UKZN where many scientists at the Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit were already integrally involved in research related to the SKA. UKZN was thus well-positioned to be part of this national project.


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