Activities in South Africa

July 8, 2016

The African Institute for ATLAS.ti (AIA) was launched in January 2014. It aims to support and focus on the developing context of African academics and researchers. The African Doctoral Academy offers ATLAS.ti introductory and advanced courses during their summer and winter schools. These courses prepare interested researchers to be certified as ATLAS.ti trainers through the AIA. Since 2014, the following people were accredited as either student or junior trainers:

Richard Shambare, Senior Lecturer, University of Venda, South Africa
Dr. Pieter Steenkamp, Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Dr. Bronwyne Coetzee, Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Stellenbosch University
Dr. Diane Bell, University of Stellenbosch Business School (Executive Development)
Dr. Katherine Lawrence, South Africa
Dr. Michelle Van Reenen (Business School, Stellenbosch University
Brigitte Amenyedzi, Nigeria

After gaining some teaching experience, some of them went on and received the professional trainer certificate from the ATLAS.ti training center. If you are located in Africa and are interested in becoming a trainer, you find more information here.

The introductory course at the African Doctoral Academy are usually taught by the director of AIA, Dr. Lauren Wildschut, CREST, Stellenbosch University, or by Prof. Brigitte Smit, University of South Africa. The advanced courses are taught by Dr. Susanne Friese, ATLAS.ti product specialist, Germany and author of the book: Qualitative Data Analysis with ATLAS.ti (SAGE).

During her recent stay in South Africa, Dr. Susanne Friese has trained researchers at the Human Science Research Council (HSRC) in Cape Town and presented ATLAS.ti during a lunch seminar. The HSRC was established in 1968 as South Africa’s statutory research agency and has grown to become the largest dedicated research institute in the social sciences and humanities on the African continent, doing cutting-edge public research in areas that are crucial to development.

The lunch seminar was attended by researchers from the various HSRC locations and Universities around the country:(University of South Africa, University of Tswani, Tshwane University of Technology, University of Pretoria, Vaal University of Technology, Mangoshuthu University of Technology, and University of KwaZulu-Natal.

At the next ADA summer school in January 2017, Dr. Susanne Friese will be teaching a special introductory course on the new ATLAS.ti version 8 to be released in October this year. Visit the ADA website for further information. The course will be announced soon.

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