Prof Barkhuizen second runner-up at Women in Science awards

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Johannesburg, Sep 3, 2015

Prof Nicolene Barkhuizen from the NWU Mafikeng Campus was chosen second runner-up in the recently held Women in Science Awards. The Women in Science awards are presented annually in recognition of scientific accomplishments, specifically by women in a field still largely dominated by men. Barkhuizen is a full Professor at the Faculty of Commerce and Administration and was the second runner-up in the category Human and Social Sciences.

Apart from being a full Professor, she is also a visiting professor at the Nyenrode Business University in the Netherlands. She spearheaded the establishment of the Talent Management Research programme which deals with pioneering research and interventions on talent management in southern Africa and internationally. This research also contributes towards the recognition and empowerment of women and provides useful guidelines towards the eradication of gender inequalities in the workplace.

Barkhuizen has produced many scientific publications, including books, chapters in textbooks and peer-reviewed conference proceedings and journal articles. She also presented her work at global scientific conferences and is a regular keynote speaker at business conferences. Over and above that, she also served on the executive board and as the chair of the Human Resource Research Initiative of the South African Board for People Practices.

This is yet another achievement Barkhuizen can add to the many other accomplishments she has obtained during her academic career. This includes faculty junior researcher of the year, faculty senior researcher of the year and the Rector's award for the most productive researcher of the faculty at NWU. She was also nominated for the DHL Rising Star awards and has applied to be rated by the National Research Foundation.

"I am grateful for this recognition and would like to commend the Department of Science and Technology for acknowledging the contribution of woman scientists in South Africa. I would like to thank the top leadership of NWU Mafikeng Campus and the Faculty of Commerce and Administration for their support. I am looking forward towards expanding the field of talent management research to empower and develop people. I believe that "Talent is our free gift of life and deserves nurturing. Soli Deo Gloria - All the honour to God Who gives us the talents to make a difference in life."