SARIMA has embarked on the development and delivery of a suite of virtual courses to allow our broader membership, especially those beyond South Africa, easier access to training interventions. Furthermore, there are a number of other benefits that such virtual courses offer our members and stakeholders: (i) savings on travel costs, fees and time, (ii) access to course material that may be viewed offline to minimise internet connectivity issues, and (iii) convenience of viewing the course material at any time, at work or at home.
SARIMA has partnered with the University of Witwatersand, Johannesburg (Wits), Wits Digital Campus and LMRG, to develop and deliver a series of six accredited online short courses. Five of these are focused on Research Management and one on the basics of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer. On completion of each of these courses, the course participants will receive a Wits University certificate of competence.
SARIMA will continue to host live webinars in 2019, which are typically one hour and still free of charge! Webinar topics and dates will be posted on the SARIMA website, and announced via email, as these are scheduled.
We wish to extend our gratitude to the South African National Research Foundation, the Canadian International Development Research Centre, and the South African Department of Science and Technology (DST) for their funding support towards the development and delivery of our virtual courses. Furthermore we extend our thanks to the University of Cape Town for their generosity in allowing us access to their webinar and course hosting platform.