NATIONAL NEWS

DHET warns Public of a bogus Policing College Operating in Sandton - Source:Government of South Africa

Investigations by the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) have confirmed that the Johannesburg based - Sandton Technical College - is not accredited with the Safety and Security, Sector Education and Training Authority (SASSETA) to offer the National Diploma in Policing programme as it alleges on its promotional...
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DUT students want free registration fees dispute resolved - Source:IOL

STUDENTS at the Durban University of Technology want the registration process at the institution halted until the issue of fee-free registration is resolved.Yesterday students led by student organisation South African Student Congress members prevented fellow students from paying deposits that would confirmed their registration for...
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Deputy Minster Buti Manamela takes to twitter to chat about free higher education, NSFAS - Source:Inside Education

The Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training Buti Manamela went live on social media on Thursday, urging his followers to ask questions with the #AskDMManamela #HigherEducation.Manamela used his account to send out the invitation.In a statement issued on Wednesday, Manamela said the aim was to provide an open platform where...
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Jonathan Jansen: Varsities' culture disrupted - Source:HeraldLIVE

Look closely. Slowly, but surely the academic and organisational cultures of our universities are being broken down in front of our very eyes.This breakdown of campus cultures is being ruthlessly executed by the narrow interests of political parties who really do not care a damn about the future of higher learning in our...
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Last chance to register for 2018 supplementary exams - Source:IOL

The Department of Basic Education on Thursday said that those who still needed to register for the supplementary Grade 12 examinations had only one day left.Department spokesperson Elijah Mhlanga said registration for the supplementary examinations will close on Friday. Learners who still need to register for these examinations can...
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Minister offers to sponsor Grade 12 learner - Source:SA News

Communications Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane has challenged Grade 12 learners at Thusa Setjhaba Secondary School to obtain a minimum of four distinctions to qualify for her sponsorship to study at a university.Addressing the learners at her former school on Thursday in Poortjie, she said she will be communicating with the class...
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Nehawu: Unisa strike will continue if demands not met - Source:EyeWitness News

Workers union National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union (Nehawu) says their strike at the University of South Africa (Unisa) will continue indefinitely if the university is refusing to meet their demands.The union is demanding a 12% salary increase across the board while the employer is now offering 7% from the...
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Registration thwarted by striking staff - Source:IOL

STUDENTS who had gone to Unisa to register yesterday were turned away by striking staff affiliated to the National Health Education and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu).The registration process at the Sunnyside campus came to a standstill when the workers shut the university down after wage increase negotiations deadlocked.Clad in...
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Wits unveils oldest hominid fossil - Source:Engineering News

The oldest and most complete fossil of an Australopithecus prometheus, named Little Foot, owing to the 1994 discovery of four small foot bones by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Evolutionary Studies Institute's Professor Ron Clarke in the Sterkfontein caves, was unveiled in December.The fossil has been dated to be...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

Faculty's top master's student is passionate about Statistics - Source:SUN

When Monika du Toit (26) enrolled for a BCom degree at Stellenbosch University (SU) in 2011 - shortly after moving to South Africa from Slovakia - she had no idea that Statistics would become her passion.She also could not have imagined that she would receive two Rector's Awards for Excellent Achievement, one for her...
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Hear me roar! - Source:UNISA

Dr Faniswa Mfidi, senior lecturer in the Department of Health Studies in the College of Human Sciences at Unisa, has been granted a Teaching Advancement at University (TAU) Fellowship. The programme began in 2015 as a collaborative project between several South African universities under the aegis of the Higher Education Learning...
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Is your contract clear? - Source:UNISA

The inaugural lecture of Prof Philip Stoop, Department of Mercantile Law, titled Revisiting the right to information in plain and understandable language in the Consumer Protection Act, took place on 31 August 2017.Peter is an average and hypothetical South African consumer. He is working at the local municipality as an...
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Kovsie cricketer, Raynard van Tonder, impresses at U19 World Cup - Source:UFS

Raynard van Tonder, captain of the South African under-19 cricket team, has had an excellent start to the U19 Cricket World Cup in New Zealand.The Kovsie student smashed 143 runs in his team's 169-run victory over Kenya in the teams' first outing in the tournament on 14 January 2018.Van Tonder's century came from just...
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Marine Engineering Lecturer making waves internationally - Source:NMU

Nelson Mandela University Marine Engineering lecturer Boswell Lungisa Douse was awarded his Master of Science degree in Naval Architecture in December 2017 from the University of Southampton with his dissertation focussing on the loss of stability of the H.M.H.S Britannic, the sister ship of the S.S Titanic. Part of his research was...
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NWU's Bridging the Mathematical Gap - an equation that makes sense  - Source:NWU

An equation that finally makes sense! This is how prospective students from the North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Vanderbijlpark are describing the value of the mathematical learning programme; Bridging The Mathematical Gap (BTMG).This year marks the fifth rendition of the BTMG and since its inception in 2014, many...
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Newly-discovered TB blood signal provides early warning for at-risk patients - Source:UCT

Tuberculosis can be detected in people infected with HIV via a unique blood signal before symptoms appear, according to a new study.The study, which is the result of a long-standing collaboration between UCT's Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IDM), the Francis Crick Institute, Imperial College London, and...
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UNIZULU Registration Continuing Smoothly - Source:UNIZULU

The online registration process at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) is still running smoothly as intended.On Tuesday (16 January 2018), the University's KwaDlangezwa and Richards Bay campuses welcomed more first-time entering undergraduate students (FTENS) who had come to register for different programmes available in the...
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UP ensures that you cycle your way to a better you - Source:UP

Road cycling has become a very popular pastime and events such as the Cape Town Cycle Tour (CTCT), previously known as the Argus Tour, and the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge see thousands of participants riding on the streets of Cape Town and Johannesburg each year. Cycling is a great way to spend time outdoors in a beautiful country...
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REGIONAL NEWS

KENYA- Call for application and revision of courses amid outcry over mass failure - Source:The Standard

Candidates who sat the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams earlier than last year can enrol for diploma and certificate courses through the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS). KUCCPS also announced that 70,073 students who scored a mean grade of C+ (46 points) and above in the 2017...
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KENYA- Students face pre-varsity tests for law courses - Source:Business Daily

Students wishing to pursue law degree programmes will first have to be subjected to pre-university assessments, if a proposal by a taskforce is adopted by the government.A report by a taskforce on legal sector reforms chaired by prominent lawyer Fred Ojiambo says the content of the pre-university assessment will be determined by...
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NAMIBIA- Higher Education Minister Kandjii-Murangi Mum On Students' Plight - Source:The Namibian

HIGHER education minister Itah Kandjii-Murangi yesterday avoided talking about the uncertainty faced by needy students if tertiary institutions refuse to register them because they could not provide guarantees for loans.Thousands of students funded by the Namibia Student Financial Assistant Fund (NSFAF) were given acknowledgement...
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NIGERIA- Tertiary Institutions Directed To End 2017 Admissions By Jan. 25 - Source:PM NEWS Nigeria

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) on Thursday directed all tertiary institutions to end their 2017 admission by January 25.The Board's Head of Media, Dr Fabian Benjamin disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja.Benjamin said the board's decision came after a meeting where all...
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NIGERIA- University of Lagos sheds its gown to help under-served students in local schools - Source:Premium Times Nigeria

Efforts are currently apace at the the University of Lagos to pool resources in support of local schools through remediation and preparatory classes for kids studying for their examinations, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Lagos, Kola Ogundipe, said on Thursday.Mr. Ogundipe, a professor of botany, made this know in Abuja...
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UGANDA- High Court Judge faults UCU code of conduct guidelines - Source:UG Christian News

Mukono High Court Judge Margaret Mutonyi had described the rules and regulations of Uganda Christian University as deficient, saying that they among other things don't define or prescribe the punishment for a minor offence or major offence committed by an individual at the institution."I found the [Code of Conduct] handbook...
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UGANDA- Museveni roots for army university - Source:New Vision

President Yoweri Museveni has said a country's human resource is greater than any natural resource and must be nurtured and protected.He said this coupled with the unity and stability of the nation is the best insurance for its people.The President was on Thursday addressing the first Special Forces Command (SFC) army officers...
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ZAMBIA- CBU lecturers warned and cautioned over locked-up VC - Source:Times of Zambia

POLICE on the Copperbelt have warned and cautioned 10 Copperbelt University (CBU) lecturers for unlawful confinement of Vice-Chancellor Naison Ngoma following a protest last week.Last week, some lecturers allegedly locked up Professor Ngoma in his office demanding his resignation.Copperbelt Commissioner of Police Charity Katanga...
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ZIMBABWE- UZ vice-chancellor gets ultimatum over Grace Mugabe PhD - Source:Bulawayo24

The Zimbabwe National Students' Union (Zinasu) has given University of Zimbabwe (UZ) vice-chancellor, Levi Nyagura 48 hours to step down from the institution for reportedly presiding over the awarding of a doctorate to former First Lady Grace Mugabe in unclear circumstances.According to a letter delivered yesterday to the...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

FIJI- 5792 bid for TELS - Source:Fiji Times Online

THE Tertiary Education and Loans Board (TSLB) has received 5792 new applications for the Tertiary Education Loan Scheme (TELS).TSLB chairperson Dixon Seeto confirmed this, saying this excluded applicants for the National Toppers Scheme (NTS) who also applied for TELS."The number is expected to rise in the coming weeks leading to the...
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FIJI- FNU Enrolment In 2015 Fell 5500: Healey - Source:Fiji Sun

The Fiji National University recorded a reduction in student enrolments from 34,524 in 2014 to 29,035 in 2015.This was revealed by Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey yesterday during the University's 2015 Annual Report submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Social Affairs.The enrolments were recorded as per...
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INDIA- Workshop on higher education curriculum - Source:The Hindu

CII Southern Region, in partnership with SDM Institute for Management and Development (SDMIMD), will organise a workshop on 'restructuring and redesigning the curriculum in higher education to meet industry needs' on January 24 and 25. It will be held at SDMIMD.The primary objective is to help higher education institutions...
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IRELAND- Employment rates for graduates return to boom-time levels - Source:The Irish Times

Employment rates for graduates have returned to levels last seen during the economic boom, according to a new report.A survey of more than 18,000 graduates from the class of 2016 shows that 70 per cent of all graduates are in employment. Most were in Ireland (60 per cent) or overseas (10 per cent).Of the remaining graduates, many...
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JAMAICA- More scholarships soon for student-teachers pursuing science majors - Source:Jamaica Observer

NATIONAL Mathematics Coordinator Dr Tamika Benjamin says discussions are under way towards increasing the number of scholarships offered to student-teachers who are pursuing science majors at the tertiary level.She said the move is aimed at boosting student achievement in the science subjects, particularly chemistry and physics.She...
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JORDAN- University holds celebration marking Chinese new year - Source:XINHUANET.com

Philadelphia University of Jordan on Thursday held a celebration marking the Chinese new year that falls on Feb. 16.During the event, Chinese Ambassador to Jordan Pan Weifang congratulated the students who study Chinese at the university.Pan also urged students to continue their studies at the Chinese cultural center that will be...
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LUXEMBOURG- Research & higher education funding - Source:Delano

Luxembourg is to increase its spending in research and higher education by a quarter over the next 4 years.According to a government statement published Thursday, the budget for 2018 to 2021 will rise to €1.44b, marking a 25 % increase compared to the 2014-2017 budget. The additional funding is equivalent to...
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PAKISTAN- 2,000 Pakistani scholars to be sent to foreign best universities - Source:Dispatch News Desk (DND)

As many as 2,000 Pakistani scholars would be sent to foreign best universities in next five years for doctoral studies under the Higher Education Commission (HEC).An amount of Rs 20.904 billion has been approved by the Central Development Working Party (CDWP) for Phase-III of the Overseas Scholarships Programme.An official of the...
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PAKISTAN- All eyes are on selection of new HEC chairperson - Source:Daily Times

All academic circles have strummed their eyes on process to be adopted for selection of Search Committee members to seek new chairperson of the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan, as the slot is going to be vacant in April this year, Daily Times has learnt. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has responsible entity to...
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SINGAPORE- University gets $2m donation for law scholarship - Source:The Straits Times

A new scholarship for students passionate about criminal and family law was set up yesterday, thanks to a $2million donation to the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) School of Law.The Irene Tan Liang Kheng Scholarship Award, which is bond-free and valued at $50,000, will be given to one or two SUSS School of Law...
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UK- £475k-a-year university chief voted out over pay dispute - Source:Express & Star

Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell is the UK's highest paid vice-chancellor and reportedly received £475,000 in salary and benefits from the University of Bath last year.Amid a row about her pay, the organisation that oversees the university has voted for her immediate departure.Dame Glynis, who is originally from West...
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UK- Tuition fees could be cut as new universities minister plans review of student finance - Source:Daily Mail Online

Tuition fees could be cut after the new universities minister last night signalled a review of student finance.Sam Gyimah said officials would investigate whether the higher annual charge of £9,250 'works across the system'.His predecessor, Jo Johnson, and former Education Secretary Justine Greening are alleged to...
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USA- Kansas Universities Fall Short Of Foresight 2020 Goal - Source:HPPR

The number of college degrees and certificates earned at Kansas' public universities last year fell short of the Board of Regents' target for the second year in a row.Degree and certificate obtainment has been flat in Kansas for the past four years at about 43,000 a year. But the Board of Regents wants that to jump to...
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