NWU produces one of the youngest female PhD graduates in Africa

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Johannesburg, May 2, 2017

Musawenkosi Saurombe received her PhD in industrial psychology at the North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Mahikeng on 25 April 2017. This makes her one of the youngest females in Africa to ever obtain a PhD at the age of 23.

Musawenkosi's (Musa's) thesis focused on "The Management perspectives on a talent value proposition for academic staff in a South African Higher Education Institution".

She started her university career with a BCom at the age of 16 which she completed at 19. Leading to her postgraduate studies, she received her honours and master's degrees with distinctions at the age of 20 and 21 respectively.

Musa is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the NWU's campus in Mahikeng, and is responsible for the teaching and supervision of postgraduate students.

She is also a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society Executive Committee (NWU Mafikeng Chapter). The 23-year old alumna is set to take the global grandstand as a delegate representing the NWU at the Golden Key's 40th birthday celebration in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nurturing her passion and commitment towards community service, Musa talks to women about women empowerment, sharing her personal journey to success.

"I am grateful to God for the milestone I have reached - this day has been long awaited. I am especially overwhelmed that I passed my thesis with no corrections. It can only be Him at work in all of this," she said.