A first PhD for LISC at June graduation

6 Jul 2015 - 12:30
PhD graduate Thomas Matingwina with his supervisor, Associate Professor Jaya Raju

The June 2015 graduation ceremony saw the first PhD emerging from LISC in its current incarnation. Although the UCT Library school has produced many doctorates over the past 76 years, this is our first since we took on our new identity as the Library and Information Studies Centre.

June 2015 GraduatesPhoto: LISC Masters and PhD graduates Margaret Koopman, Andiswa Mfengu and Jeremiah Petersen.

Thomas  Matingwina completed his PhD under the supervision of HOD Associate Professor Jaya Raju. His thesis was titled Health information dissemination among undergraduate students in Zimbabwe with particular reference to the National University of Science and Technology:  a study in developing an integrated framework for health information dissemination.

Gwenda Thomas, Executive Director: UCT Libraries, expressed satisfaction at this milestone in LISC's development. She feels that it is critically important to develop and nurture academic discourse about libraries and their ongoing relevance in Africa and the world. Dean of Humanities, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu, also sent his specific congratulations to Dr Matingwina, his supervisor and the Department.

Thomas was not alone among the LISC graduands at the ceremony: Masters students Margaret Koopman, Andiswa Mfengu and Jeremiah Petersen received their Masters degrees in Library and Information Studies, and Kim Baker (not pictured) graduated with an MPhil.