Professor Dire Tladi of the University of Pretoria’s (UP) Department of Public Law and fellow at the Institute for International and Comparative Law in Africa has been appointed as the National Research Foundation's (NRF) South African Research Chair Initiative (SARChI) Chair for International Constitutional Law as from 2021. Prof Tladi's appointment is for a five-year term.
On behalf of UP Law, Dean Professor Elsabe Schoeman congratulated Prof Tladi on this well-deserved appointment. “Well done, Dire! Once again, thank you for keeping UP Law on the global map where it belongs,” she said.
SARChI is an intervention by the government of South Africa, led by the Department of Higher Education, Science and Technology and the NRF. It is designed to significantly expand the scientific research base of the country in a way that is relevant to national development and in support of making South Africa an internationally competitive global knowledge economy.
SARChI has five interrelated objectives. To:
- increase the number of world-class researchers in South Africa;
- retain and/or attract qualified research scientists to the higher education sector;
- stimulate strategic research across the knowledge spectrum and thereby increase the level of excellence in research areas of national and international importance;
- create research career pathways for highly skilled, high-quality, young and mid-career researchers that effectively addresses historical racial, gender and age imbalances; and
- improve and accelerate the training of highly qualified personnel through research.