Rhodes University (South Africa)
Rhodes University (RhU) is a ‘research intensive’ university with a primary focus on producing quality postgraduate students and research. Rhodes’ research output per staff member is one of the highest nationally. The Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS) at RhU is the only department in the country that specialises in Ichthyology, Fisheries Science and aquaculture. Although it is small, the DIFS has developed strategic partnerships with key research institutions, government departments and industry, that make it possible to host a school of more than 30 PhD and 30 MSc students, and 40 undergraduate and honours students.
The DIFS has a partnership with the aquaculture industry in South Africa which enables most of its post-graduate aquaculture students to carry out their projects on aquaculture farms. This has the advantage of making the research more applicable to industry and it gives the students exposure to industry. The department also has experience in running/partnering in numerous multi-institutional, multi-national projects (e.g. ACP-EU’s Edulink II, EuropeAid/I32023/D/ACT/ACPTPS DCI-AFS/20 I3/320-302); EU’s Intra-Africa Mobility Scheme, Grant Agreement 2017-2929/001-11), and UNDP Benguela Current Commission ecosystem projects involving South Africa, Namibia and Angola.