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Dr. Felix Bankole has accepted me as a doctoral student

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I am very excited this morning.  This past year, my doctoral studies hit some snags, as I was having troubles “seeing eye to eye” with my supervising professor within the College of Education at UNISA.  And while the Dean of the College of Education was very understanding, she couldn’t find anyone within the the College of Education who could supervise my research.  Most of this has to do with the fact that my research is interdisciplinary, and heavily relies upon data mining methods.  So, I started looking at the College of Science, Engineering and Technology, and wrote to Dr. Bankole, and today I received an email that he will take me on!

Dr. Bankole has an interesting CV, in which he has done research in such diverse areas as expert systems for diagnosis of blood disorders, to doing a lot of research involving Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D), such as The Impact of ICT Investments on Human Development, The Impacts of Telecommunications Infrastructure and Institutional Quality on Trade Efficiency in Africa, etc.

This switch will require re-applying to UNISA again, and changing majors, again…  (I plan to apply to ultimately be recognized as a Doctor of Philosophy in Technology Education, although my research could fit into several categories) But, I have not been in a rush to get my Ph.D., as it is most important to me that my research truly makes a significant contribution to the field of study, and that starts by having a mentor who will be supportive of innovative ideas; being able to talk about these at a deeper level, where ideas are are critiqued based upon their underlying merit, instead of how they fit into current traditions.  I truly believe Dr. Bankole will be able to help support my research in this manner, which a true relief.

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Written by Jacob Walker

July 20th, 2016 at 6:33 am

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