NATIONAL NEWS

Criminals outsmart university students - Source:Rising Sun Lenasia

Despite all the talks and awareness about criminal activities within the Johannesburg CBD, students from one of the universities in Johannesburg were added to the crime statistics. Recently a dozen of students were robbed of all their belongings.The students were asked to get into a white Quantum if they want a modelling job. Without thinking twice, they jumped in.
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Fort Hare students fail to get certificates after university bungles NSFAS claims - Source:RNEWS

A number of students from the University of Fort Hare have not received their graduation certificates as, according to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), the university failed to submit the students' claims by the cut-off date."In previous years, the university's policy stated that students who qualify for historical debt can sign a loan agreement in order for their debts to be cleared
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Join the dots between Marikana and Waterkloof, say academics - Source:eNews Channel Africa

An academic research report on state capture highlights four key events that point to the capture of the government.At the release of the report in Johannesburg on Thursday, Professor Mark Swilling, from Stellenbosch University's the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition, outlined what these were.
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Minister Ayanda Dlodlo: False Bay TVET College Africa Day Lecture - Source:Government of South Africa

I am honoured to be here today to speak to all of you on this important topic "What role our history plays in the building of a better Africa and a better World". This topic is close to my heart, firstly because I am passionate about Africa and its history.
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NMMU march on gender violence - Source:HeraldLIVE

Young men and women embarked on a gender -based violence march around NMMU yesterday.At least 500 students, mostly women, marched from the north to south campus to raise awareness about the scourge.A banner with the heading #wearenotsafe was circulated around campus
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Nehawu vows to intensify strike action at UP - Source:News24

Members of the National Health and Allied Workers Union (Nehawu) has vowed that their strike action at the University of Pretoria (UP) would intensify on Friday and that members will be "going all out"."It's all or nothing," said Ntsako Nombelani, Nehawu's national organiser for higher education, saying that the University
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Security staff protest shuts TUT for a second day - Source:Times Live

Classes were suspended for a second day on Thursday at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) following protest action by security staff who want the university to end outsourcing.Security' cleaning and catering workers at TUT say management broke a promise to end outsourcing and implement agreed wage hikes.
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Students protest against rape culture - Source:News24

Students from a number of universities in Gauteng have protested against gender-based violence, and a culture that tolerates rape, by stopping traffic on Nelson Mandela Bridge in Johannesburg.The demonstration on Wednesday organised by the South African Students Congress (Sasco) to draw public attention to violence and crime
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Switzerland's Novartis to lift investment in medical research in SA - Source:BusinessDay

Swiss drug manufacturer Novartis has signed a memorandum of agreement with the South African Medical Research Council and the Department of Science and Technology, paving the way for greater investment in local medical research.Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor said building local research capacity was critical to ensure studies were undertaken
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UCT leads in countering cyberattacks on varsities - Source:Mail & Guardian

The recent global ransomware attack by WannaCry has reinforced awareness of everyone's vulnerability to attack in the cyberrealm, whether it is against individuals or corporate entities.Given that information and know-ledge are the stock in trade of universities, it's not surprising that cybersecurity is among the top risks faced by institutions such as the University of Cape Town.
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UP students are unhappy with racial dynamics in residences - Source:Mail & Guardian

Students at the University of Pretoria (UP) held a mass meeting last week to complain about a lack of inclusivity and what they say is the university's failure to accommodate black students at its residences. According to student newspaper Perdeby, students complained that the university racial quota for accepting students
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

Biotechnology research may aid in prevention of agricultural food insecurity - Source:VUT

Dr Louis Bengyella, a Biotechnologist working at the Vaal University of Technology Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences, has published his first book titled, 'Pathogenicity of Cochliobolus Species in Post Genomic era'.Cochliobolus species are cross-kingdom pathogens that cause life-threatening diseases in humans and animals
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David Tlale offers VUT students opportunity to participate in reality TV show - Source:VUT

South Africa's leader in style and fashion, David Tlale, visited the VUT Fashion students on 18 May for an empowering motivational talk. He also offered them an opportunity to participate in his upcoming reality show called "The intern by David Tlale" which will broadcast on SABC 3 from 4 July.David Tlale who was once a student and later became a lecturer at VUT
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Dr Rajesh Tandon to talk "University-Civil Society Relations" - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology will host a public lecture by Dr Rajesh Tandon, UNESCO Co-Chair on Community-Based Research and Social Responsibility in Higher Education.The internationally acclaimed leader and practitioner of participatory research and development will address the DUT Community on Tuesday evening (17H45), 30 May 2017 at the Hotel School conference centre.
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Gauteng University Vice-Chancellors partner with Government to strengthen research and innovation - Source:UJ

A partnership in pursuit of common interests such as research and development, innovation and the advancement of the knowledge-based economy came to fruition when the Premier of Gauteng, David Makhura signed of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Gauteng-based universities at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.
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Matjila adapts Mbeki's 'I am an African' into Setswana - Source:UNISA

Prof Daniel Sekepe Matjila, Professor in Unisa's Department of African Languages has adapted former President Thabo Mbeki's 'I am an African' speech into Setswana to make it more accessible to South Africans, especially those who appreciate their language. With today being Africa Day, Matjila shares this beautiful rendition with the Unisa community after it's immense success
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NWU School of Business and Governance empowers women during community project - Source:NWU

This year the North-West University's (NWU's) School of Business and Governance and CANSA took hands with Tina Scholtz Academy to inform women from the surrounding community about breast cancer.During this community outreach project on Saturday 20 May at the Tina Scholtz Academy in Potchefstroom, the women did not only learn more about breast cancer, but also had the opportunity
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Storytelling employed as a tool to challenge stereotypes - Source:UP

'The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.' - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.The Department of English, in collaboration with the Department of Library Services, at the University of Pretoria (UP)
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Study proposes new experimental design approach in industrial data mining - Source:NWU

Meet Dr William Henry van Blerk. During the recent Autumn Graduations of the North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Vanderbijlpark, he was the recipient of a PhD in operational research.William, who is a lecturer and researcher within the School of Information Technology on the campus, joined the NWU in 2013
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Three new exhibitions at Stellenbosch University Museum - Source:SUN

There are three new exhibitions at the Stellenbosch University Museum - these exhibitions focus on artists or collections from the University Museum's archive that have not been seen for some time.The first is an exhibition of works by Oskar Kokoschka (1886-1980). Kokoschka was an Austrian artist best known for his expressionistic
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Winners of LaunchLab's Water and Waste Management Innovation Challenge chosen - Source:SUN

Over the last four months, the LaunchLab, a network of university campus-based business incubators, in partnership with Stellenbosch University (SU), Stellenbosch Innovation District (SID) and Sustnet, ran an entrepreneurial challenge to look for potential solutions that may improve the water and waste issues in the Western Cape and South Africa.
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REGIONAL NEWS

MALAWI- MUST to launch flag, anthem - Source:Malawi24

Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) will soon launch its own flag and anthem as a branding process.According to MUST Communications Manager James Mphande, both the flag and anthem are important as they will be part of the university's identity.
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MOZAMBIQUE- Mozambique Minister slams poor quality higher education - Source:journalducameroun.com

The Minister of Science Technology and Higher Education in Mozambique, Jorge Nhambiu, has acknowledged that the quality of the higher education in the southern African country is poor blaming it on the low level of qualification of teaching staffs, APA has observed on Thursday.According to private daily newspaper O Pais, the official was addressing staff and students of the Technical University of Mozambique
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NIGERIA- Plateau to spend N5.8bn on infrastructure at state varsity - Source:The Nation

The Plateau Government says it allocated N5.89 billion to improve infrastructure at the Plateau State University, Bokkos.The Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Temwakat Weli, made the disclosure in Jos on Wednesday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).The commissioner said the figure was part of the N11.88 billion
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NIGERIA- World Bank boosts STEM projects in universities with $70million - Source:TheGuardian

As part of its contribution to the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), in the nation's universities, the World Bank has committed $70m to projects in 10 institutions across the country.Speaking at the opening of a three-day workshop in Lagos for the 22 African Centres of Excellence (ACE) member- universities
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UGANDA- Makerere Political Scientists Speak Tough on Higher Education Funding - Source:Uganda Radio Network

Political scientists from Makerere University have asked government to increase funding for universities and other tertiary institutions to improve the human resource levels of the country.While speaking at the Political Science Alumni Reunion at Makerere today, Prof. Sabiiti Makara a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political and Public Administration, said that government should adopt the Nigerian model
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

AUSTRALIA- Universities to share AU$5.7m for defence cybersecurity, autonomous systems - Source:ZDNet

The federal government has handed over AU$5.7 million to universities in Australia to develop technologies to be used by the Australian Defence Force (ADF).The AU$5.7 million funding will be spread between 22 universities, an average of only AU$259,090 per institution -- or AU$100,000 per project.The funding will be invested into nine "transformational"
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AUSTRALIA- University research spending 'encourages private R&D' - Source:The Australian

Universities' spending on research and development encourages private firms to invest in R&D, a new report has found.But direct government spending on research has the opposite effect, appearing to "crowd out" private R&D expenditure.The report, released today by the Office of the Chief Economist, analyses administrative data
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INDIA- Evaluation of study chairs in State universities shortly: Minister - Source:The Hindu

Expressing dissatisfaction over the poor performance of various study chairs established in universities across the State, Minister for Higher Education Basavaraj Rayaraddy said on Thursday that he had constituted a five-member committee to evaluate their performances He was speaking at Basaveshwara and Hemareddy Mallamma Jayanthi
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INDIA- Over 58,000 Online Registrations For DU Admissions Since Monday - Source:NDTV

Over 58,000 people have registered online for admissions to Delhi University's undergraduate programmes since Monday. Online registration for admissions to undergraduate programmes began yesterday at 6 pm for its 60 UG courses in 62 colleges affiliated with the varsity with around 54,000 seats. It will continue till June 12. "Out of 58,475 registrations
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IRELAND- Concerns university misled Public Accounts Committee - Source:RTE.ie

Evidence has emerged that the University of Limerick misled the Department of Education and the Comptroller and Auditor General during an inquiry into its payments of unauthorised and excessive severance packages to senior managers.The unauthorised severance payments were originally spotted by the C&AG as part of a special report in the management of severance payments in the public sector.
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IRELAND- University of Limerick doctor got €209,600 settlement - Source:The Irish Times

A doctor at University of Limerick (UL) received a €209,600 confidential settlement agreement to leave his post after 15 years, following allegations that he bullied another employee, which he rejects.Dr Niall Cahill, who was medical director of the Student Health Centre at UL from 2000 to 2015, has confirmed he received a package of €185,000, plus his legal costs of €24,600
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KAZAKHSTAN- Nazarbayev University to hold Eurasian Higher Education Leaders' Forum - Source:The Astana Times

Nazarbayev University (NU) will bring together researchers, practitioners and university leaders May 31 to discuss modern education. The yearly event attracts industry heads from Kazakhstan and many other countries."The Eurasian Higher Education Leaders' Forum that Nazarbayev University organises on an annual basis has become a well-established tradition.
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NEW ZEALAND- No real commitment to great universities - Source:Scoop News

Vice-Chancellors say that while the government has invested heavily in some aspects of New Zealand's future it is yet to show a commitment to creating the great universities that will be central to the country's future.Professor Stuart McCutcheon, Chair of Universities New Zealand, says that through their teaching and research universities
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PAKISTAN- Varsity teachers demand restoration of tax rebate - Source:The Express Tribune

Teachers of public sector universities on Wednesday observed a black day as they demanded the restoration of the tax rebate of 75 per cent for varsity teachers in the upcoming budget.The teachers from the Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU), International Islamic University Islamabad (IIUI) and the Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) staged a protest on the call of Federation
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PHILIPPINES- Education track seen solving skills mismatch - Source:The Manila Times Online

AN outcome-based education will help address the job skills mismatch in the country, an American educator said on Thursday.Dr. William Spady, a former professor at Harvard University and a university in Toronto, Canada, teaching sociology, education and research methods, cited the need to integrate outcome-based education into the country's learning institutions
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UAE- AUS aims to become leading research university, Sultan says - Source:GulfNews.Com

More than 640 students graduated at the Spring 2017 graduation ceremony of the American University of Sharjah (AUS) at University City Hall in Sharjah on Thursday.Attending the ceremony, His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, said AUS will continue to grow and develop at the academic and research levels to match
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USA- University offers early retirement to 48 faculty members - Source:Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The University of Montana has offered early retirement incentives to 48 tenured faculty members age 65 and older in an effort to save money.The Missoulian reports the faculty members have until May 31 to decide if they'll accept the offer, which includes receiving 50 percent of their salary this school year. Their last day of work would be July 17.
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