Research output is a key area for the university, and enormous effort and investment have been put into setting up structures to create an enabling environment for researchers, inclusive of staff and students. The reporting of research outputs is thus an important initiative that all faculties adhere to periodically throughout the year by hosting seminars of this nature.
An Associate Professor in the Department of Communication, Haileleul Zeleke, provided some insight into the research activities of the FHS and also mapped the way forward. Zeleke announced that the faculty plans to launch full-time postgraduate programmes to improve the quality and relevance of research in order to increase the number of partnerships and community engagements.
The papers presented covered various topics, including the revitalisation of endangered languages, managing corruption, the impact of learning on the performance of criminal offenders, the marginalisation of women in selected Namibian oral works and the effectiveness of Public Relations.
Senior Lecturer, Caleb Gwasira, discussed the question of endangered languages and said that out of the world’s 6 600 languages, experts predict that about half are likely to become extinct within this century. Gwasira is conducting studies on Chindau, a language spoken in pockets of Mozambique and Zimbabwe. He added that linguistics should look at the implications of migration that is resulting in the dilution of indigenous languages.
Last year, the FHS research and publications output was at 36, surpassing the goal of 25. This target for 2016 is 30, although it is anticipated that this figure will also be exceeded.