By Lynn Nowers & Marelize Dyosop
Dr Sarisha Singh was the first woman to graduate from Rhodes University with a Doctorate in Pharmacy as well as the first person in the Southern Hemisphere to read for this three year qualification.
Commencing in 2004, Rhodes is the only South African university offering this Doctoral programme.
According to the Dean of Pharmacy Professor Roderick Walker, the Department of Education which funds this programme is no longer approving such categories of professional Doctorates, thus Rhodes is unlikely to have any competition from other national universities with respect to this academic qualification.
Singh is currently employed at the East London Health Complex. “[It’s] important to get graduates out there into South Africa to show them what we’re doing,” said Walker. There are currently nine students enrolled for Doctorates in Pharmacy, with the possibility of two graduating next year.