Ukulinga farm was the idyllic venue for first Strategic Planning workshop involving all interested and affected stakeholders. The Dean and Head of School for the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), Prof Albert Modi engaged a wide range of stakeholders from within SAEES, School of Life Sciences and Bio Resources and Engineering on the future of the Ukulinga farm.
The School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) has identified the relevance of the Ukulinga Research Farm in terms of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s research focus. The relevant areas are:
- Water, Environment and Biodiversity
- Agriculture and Food Security
- Energy and Technology for sustainable development
- Indigenous African Knowledge Systems
The leadership of SAEES, along with the Schools of Life Sciences and Engineering have pledged to work towards achieving their research goals in these areas through research at Ukulinga.
The consensus from stakeholders was that the Ukulinga facilities remained top notch and was ideally located to support the diverse range of high impact research in the areas of food, water, energy and biofuels development. Numerous individual speakers noted that Ukulinga was indispensable to an integrated teaching philosophy and demonstrated the practical side of agricultural and agricultural related skills. The Dean articulated an ambitious plan which placed Ukulinga at the centre of a tripod of research sites. There was strong support for the Leadership to broker access to other facilities including Cedara Agricultural College and Baynesfield Estate. Prof Modi also issued a call for senior staff to "mentor and share their passion and resources" with younger academics.
The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) hosted the Howard Davis Memorial Symposium at Ukulinga in 2016. The Symposium was an initiative of the Howard Davis Farm Trust and the UKZN Foundation to continue the relationship between the Trust in Jersey and UKZN. The Trust was founded by Durban-based British businessman TB Davis whose son Howard was killed in the Battle of the Somme in 1916 during World War 1.
Mr Roderick Stevens of the Howard Davis Farm Trust
Honouring the memory of Howard Davis, the Ukulinga Howard Davis Memorial Symposium links the Ukulinga Research Farm to the Howard Davis Farm in Jersey bought by TB Davis in 1927.