At 23 Musawenkosi Donia Saurombe has made history, graduating with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Industrial Psychology, from the North-West University – Mafikeng, in South Africa. Musa’s PhD thesis passed without corrections, a remarkable feat. She joins a list of elite record breaking young scholars that have wowed the world. A hearty congratulations on the remarkable achievement.
Saurombe has earned herself the title of youngest woman to earn a PhD in Africa according to a statement by the University. She joins a list of elite record breaking young scholars that have wowed the world. These include Dr Sandile Kubheka who graduated in 2014 with an MBChB from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Her PhD thesis explored talent value propositions for academic staff members in higher education. She wanted to explore a topic that would greatly contribute to her field of study.
“Congratulations to 23 year old Musawenkosi Saurombe. She is the youngest female PHD Graduate in Africa with a Research thesis of No Corrections & Ammendments,” North West University.
Saurombe was born in Zimbabwe and raised in Botswana. She has always been a smart student, having skipped Grade 3 and promoted to Grade 4 after just one term. After completing matric at the age of 16, she decided to move to South Africa to pursue a bachelor’s degree at North-West University. After failing to secure a job, she decided to pursue her studies.
In an interview with Drum she said “I am defined by my African name ‘Musawenkosi’, which means ‘God’s grace’, and indeed my life continues to be a story of God’s grace”.
Sarombe also serves on the executive management for Golden Key Mafikeng Campus, which is responsible for organising and directing community service events for the organisation. This ensures that the Golden Key Committee reaches out and makes impact in the communities. Recently she travelled to the United States to take part in the annual international summit of the Golden Key International Honour Society which was recently held in the USA. At the summit she was granted the opportunity of presenting her research, which gave her international recognition.
Source: This is Africa