NATIONAL NEWS

Durban's got the best geology student - Source:IOL

A DURBAN nature lover has been honoured as the best geology student in the country.Kreesan Palan, 25, who graduated with his Master's in Geology at the University of KwaZulu-Natal earlier this year has been conducting research on how the world's marine systems work.Palan has been awarded with the Geological Society of...
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MPs told about continued delays with NSFAS funding - Source:EyeWitness News

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) is still facing a number of challenges as it struggles to pay students on time.A higher education and training portfolio committee's analysis of upfront payment to universities and vocational colleges shows how delays in funding are still occurring.Thursday's meeting of...
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National protest looming over NSFAS non-payments, student leader warns - Source:News24

There is a "looming national protest" by students due to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme's (NSFAS) non-payment of allowances, says South African Unions of Students (SAUS) president Misheck Mugabe.He was addressing the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training in Parliament on Thursday. This meeting follows...
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SAUS: Give #FeesMustFall protesters accused of damaging property amnesty - Source:EyeWitness News

The South African Union of Students (SAUS) wants registered #FeesMustFall demonstrators accused of damaging property granted special amnesty.In July, Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor revealed the extent of the damage caused at universities and training colleges during the 2016 protests had soared to nearly R800 million.The...
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Situation calm at UKZN's Westville campus following violent protests over WiFi and NSFAS administration - Source:News24

The academic programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Westville campus will only resume on Friday following this week's violent protests at the campus - the university said on Wednesday.The protest began on Monday after students raised issues relating to the administration of the National Student Financial Aid Scheme...
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Student aid scheme to re-open 2019 applications despite backlog - Source:BusinessLIVE

The beleaguered National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) will re-open applications for funding for the 2019 academic year early in September, the department of higher education and training has confirmed.On Thursday, the department and scheme briefed parliament's higher education and training portfolio committee on the...
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Students' wellbeing critical, says Mlambo-Ngcuka - Source:SowetanLIVE

UN women executive director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka on Thursday called on higher institutions to have a compulsory orientation for students on gender-based violence.Mlambo-Ngcuka was addressing a breakfast meeting organised by Higher Education and Training Health Wellness and Development Centre (HEAIDS) in Kempton Park, east of...
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The NSFAS is 'not out of the woods' - higher education dept - Source:News24

Pay the right amount of money to the right students at the right time.This was the task that the chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Connie September, gave to the floundering National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) on Thursday.In the meeting, it was revealed that NSFAS still hasn't...
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UCT's Phakeng calls lecturer's racist, s**ist rant 'deeply disturbing' - Source:IOL

UCT Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng has responded to the inflammatory, racist and s**ist Facebook rant by a staff member, calling the posts "deeply disturbing".The lecturer at the centre of the controversy, Arthur Mabentsela, works in the university's Department of Chemical Engineering.Earlier this week, he caused...
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UFS to hold hearings after Steyn statue draws ire of #FeesMustFall students - Source:IOL

The University of Free State (UFS) will hold public hearings on whether to remove or keep the Marthinus Theunis Steyn statue following calls by 'FeesMustFall' students to remove it from the main campus.Steyn was the president of the then independent Orange Free State between 1896 and 1902. University spokeswoman Lacea...
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UKZN residences home to rats, leaking roofs - Source:IOL

'That ceiling is cracking," says a student, pointing to one side of her room. "I have decided to move my bed to the other side because I am worried it might collapse on me while I am sleeping," she said.She is one of several students who have complained about the state of the Block O residence at the University of KwaZulu-Natal...
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University of the Western Cape launches postgraduate diploma in e-skills - including virtual reality - Source:BusinessTech

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) claims to be the first university in South Africa to offer an accredited postgraduate diploma in e-skills with immersive technologies stream, which incorporates augmented reality and virtual reality.The one-year programme runs in partnership with a leading immersive technology company - EON...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

Absa unlocks opportunities for Wits students - Source:WITS

Absa has donated R5.6 million towards student funding at Wits University.Challenges around student funding often impede the academic excellence of students facing financial insecurity, as they are constantly worrying about how to fund their studies.Absa continues their support in aiding financially struggling students and handed...
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Black men have a higher risk of prostate cancer than white men in South Africa - Source:UP

A study by researchers into prostate cancer has revealed that black men in South Africa have a higher risk of prostate cancer because of their elevated levels of prostate-specific antigen in the blood. This protein, known as PSA, is produced by both normal and malignant cells in the prostate gland and can signify prostate cancer...
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DUT Hosted a Successful "Women as Agents for Change" Seminar - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) hosted the "Women as Agents of Change: Innovation and Entrepreneurship" seminar at the Hotel School, Ritson Campus on Wednesday, 15 August 2018.The seminar was co-ordinated by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research Innovation and Engagement Office in partnership with Peace Oasis International,...
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Enhancing infrastructure in Imizamo Yethu - Source:UCT

In response to poor water and sanitation services in Imizamo Yethu, the University of Cape Town's (UCT) School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics has been helping to introduce innovations that improve daily life for residents of the informal settlement, while simultaneously giving students hands-on experience of design and...
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Malibongwe igama lamaKhosikazi - Source:UNISA

A rousing chorus of Malibongwe, praising the deeds of women, opened the lively event on 14 August 2018 celebrating the achievements of Unisa women. Hosted by the Department of Institutional Advancement (DIA) and the Unisa Women's Forum (UWF), the awards ceremony and memorial lecture is a highlight on the institutional calendar...
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NWU experts develop new multi-dimensional regional economic development index - Source:NWU

Two experts from the North-West University (NWU), Prof Danie Meyer and Mr Jacques de Jongh, has changed the face of South Africa's regional economic development practice by introducing a new multi-dimensional regional economic development index.The experts - both members of the School of Economic Sciences in the Faculty of...
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No Stopping UKZN Alumnus - Source:UKZN

UKZN alumnus, Dr Lethiwe Myeza, recently graduated with a Diploma in Anaesthetics despite living with the debilitating and rare condition of Scleroderma. She is currently working in Pietermaritzburg as a Medical Officer in the Anaesthetics Department; undertaking rotations in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) as part of her...
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Op-Ed: Women's rights - have they come full circle? - Source:UP

On 9 August 2018, South Africa celebrated National Women's Day. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20 000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal...
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Reflections on #FeesMustFall in the wake of the passing of Prof Bongani Mayosi - Source:UNISA

The story of the experiences of the late Professor Bongani Mayosi at the hands of student activists at UCT - which, according to the Sunday Times of 5 August 2018, his sister called "the vandalisation of his soul by the #FeesMustFall students" - has reopened deep wounds which have not fully healed. Apart from Mayosi's passing...
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Renowned businesswoman and NWU alumna speaks about women empowerment - Source:NWU

The Student Campus Council (SCC) on the North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Mahikeng recently hosted its first ever Women's Empowerment Conference.The event which saw 150 guests attending, celebrated the role of women in society. They also reflected on the passing of female freedom fighters who fought...
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Students Champion Awareness on Gender-Based Violence - Source:UKZN

On 1 August 2018, women of all religions, races and cultures united as one for the total shutdown march against gender based violence. The march began at Curries Fountain Stadium and proceeded towards the Durban City Hall. Fourth-year Occupational Therapy students from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, who are currently engaging in...
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TUT students make their debut at Market Theatre - Source:TUT

Musical Theatre students from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will strut their stuff at one the country's most iconic theatres, The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg, when they stage SHOWTIME 2018 on 31 August and 1 September.SHOWTIME 2018, now in its sixth year, is an innovative platform for third-year Musical...
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Teen motherhood is not child's play - Source:UFS

To commemorate the Nelson Mandela Centenary, a group of delegates from the Bloemfontein community had the privilege to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Princess Project and got an idea of how teenagers are taught about planned parenthood.The Princess Gabo Foundation and the Responsible Reproductive Health Education Project...
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The Sky's No Limit: UWC Ranks In World Top 200 In Astronomy - Source:UWC

"The URAP ranking reflects a strategic decision UWC took a decade ago - a decision to start building Astrophysics and to get involved in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project," says Prof Roy Maartens, SARChI/SKA Research Chair and an NRF A-rated researcher. "From small and humble beginnings, that strategy has paid off very...
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UCT hosts African junior squash championships - Source:UCT

The second All Africa Junior squash tournament hosted by the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Squash Club from 10 to 12 August attracted 65 teen players from as far afield as the United States and Saudi Arabia, while raising much-needed funds for bone marrow transplant charity The Sunflower Fund.The players, aged from nine to...
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Wits signs Memorandum of Understanding with Perot Museum - Source:WITS

Just four months after forming an official alliance with internationally renowned paleoanthropologist Professor Lee Berger, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science has officially partnered with the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa (Wits University). A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed today...
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Zakes Mda to Deliver a Public Lecture at DUT - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) Writing Centre will host the renowned and multi-award winning author Professor Zakes Mda, who will deliver a public lecture entitled, "Unsilencing an Occluded Cultural and Historical Heritage" on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 at DUT's Fred Crookes Sports Centre, Steve Biko Campus in...
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Zero tolerance for Gender-Based Violence - Source:CPUT

CPUT today declared a zero tolerance approach against gender-based violence.The Institutional Position Statement on Gender-Based Violence was officially launched this morning at a function where the university and government partners made it clear that gender-based violence had no place in higher education institutions."We are...
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REGIONAL NEWS

ANGOLA- Statute of Higher Education Teachers' Career to Enter Into Force - Source:Angola Press - ANGOP

The statute of higher education teachers' career, which will allow the requalification and updating of the teachers' category, is due to enter into force in November this year.Speaking in an interview to Angolan Public Television (TPA) the Human Resources director of the Higher Education Ministry, Alfredo Gabriel Busa,...
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EGYPT- Egyptians hope foreign university campuses will boost higher education - Source:Arab News

A new law approved by the Egyptian president that allows foreign universities to establish campuses in Egypt, aims to boost the development of higher education and scientific research in the country.The architects of the new law also hope it will build links with other countries to provide more and better educational opportunities,...
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GHANA- Government to borrow $1.5 bn to expand SHS, tertiary institutions - Dep Education Minister - Source:GhanaWeb

As part of the efforts to ensure more students are enrolled in both secondary and tertiary institutions across the country, Deputy Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Aduwtwum has indicated that GETFund would be funded with $1.5 billion to expand its projected plans that aim at solving infrastructural deficit to both the Senior High...
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GHANA- University Of Ghana Claims Nothing Like $160 Million Judgement Debt Exists - Source:Modern Ghana

The management of the University of Ghana has debunked reports that it has incurred a $160m judgement debt following a decision by a UK arbitrator.The management said any such statement was untrue and intended to create panic among the University's stakeholders.In a statement issued on August 14, 2018, the management of the...
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KENYA- Students to Acquire Smart Cards to Access Helb Loans - Source:Nairobi News

A total of 69,151 students set to join universities in September this year will only get funding from the government through smart cards, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has announced.Ms Mohamed on Wednesday said the move is to ensure full implementation of the smart card solution in all learning institutions in the...
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KENYA- University Given Up To December To Establish Career Services - Source:Kenya News Agency

Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed has given universities up to the end of the year to establish career service which will be responsible for placing students into the job market for attachment and jobs.Amina said that there is need for the educational institutions to work together with the industry players to know what is...
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NIGERIA- Another university sacks lecturer over s**ual assault on female student - Source:NAIJ

Omananyi Yunusa, a lecturer in the Department of Geology, of the Federal University of Technology, Minna, Niger state, has been sacked by the management over his involvement in the s**ual harassment of a female student of the institution, Premium Times reports. Lydia Legbo, the deputy director, information and publications of the...
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NIGERIA- Fix LAUTECH or resign, ASUU tells Oyo, Osun govs - Source:Punch Newspapers

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Benin Zone, has called for the resignation of the Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, and his Osun State counterpart, Rauf Aregbesola, over their alleged failure to address the challenges facing the Ladoke Akintola University, Ogbomoso.It also said it would join other zones from different...
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UGANDA- Prof. Barya kicked out of MUBS Council - Source:PML Daily

Prof. Venansious Baryamureeba has been voted out of the Makerere University Business School Council after he unsuccessfully tried to block the renewal of the contract of Prof. Waswa Balunywa as Principal.During a Council Tuesday August 14 meeting chaired by Prof. Sam Luboga and attended by all the 24 Council members including the...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

CANADA- Server crash wipes out rich digital archive at Memorial University - Source:CBC News

Regular maintenance inside the Queen Elizabeth II library at Memorial University last month caused a server crash that wiped out much of the library's data.The maintenance, done in early July, required staff to cut the power to the building and rely on a backup power supply to keep the server room running. But the backup power...
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CHINA- China has world's second-largest number of top universities - Source:China.org.cn

The 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities released on Wednesday by Shanghai Ranking Consultancy reveals that 62 research universities in China have made their list of the world's top 500 universities.The 62 universities account for 12.4 percent of the list. The only country with a larger number of universities listed is...
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FRANCE- Three French universities among global top 100 'not enough' - Source:The Local

Three French universities were again among the world's top 100 according to the prestigious Shanghai Ranking, a number of French academics think is too low and blame on bias.The Shangai Ranking - also known as the The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) - is out for the 16th year running, and French universities are...
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PAKISTAN- 140 Pakistani students awarded scholarships to study in Chinese universities - Source:XINHUANET.com

The Chinese embassy in Pakistan on Thursday awarded scholarships from the Chinese government to 140 Pakistani students to study in Chinese universities for the academic year of 2018-2019.The scholarship awarding ceremony was held at the Chinese embassy in the Pakistani capital of Islamabad, which was attended by students, teachers,...
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PAKISTAN- HEC Introduces High-Speed Internet Facility at Public Universities - Source:RS

As part of the "smart university project", HEC introduces high-speed internet facility at the Public universities. The Higher Education Commission (HEC) on Wednesday established the advanced and high-speed Wi-Fi technology at the Shah Abdul Latif University situated in rural Khairpur.The smart city project was launched in the year...
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POLAND- Two Polish universities appear in 'Shanghai List' int'l ranking - Source:The First News

Two Polish universities, the University of Warsaw and the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (southern Poland), have appeared on the prestigious 'Shanghai List' (ARWU) of the world's best 500 universities.The University of Warsaw appeared in the top 400, as it did last year, while the Jagiellonian University made the...
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TAIWAN- Record high 15 Taiwanese universities listed on Academic Ranking of World Universities - Source:Taiwan News

A total of 15 Taiwanese universities have made the cut in the 2018 edition of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), announced the Shanghai Ranking Consultancy yesterday (Aug. 15).Yesterday, the official ARWU rankings for 2018 were released, with 15 universities in Taiwan making the list year, an improvement from the 13...
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UK- Numbers of students getting degree courses falls 1% - Source:ITV

There has been a fall in the number of students accepted on degree courses at UK universities, early figures show.In total, 411,860 students - from the UK and overseas - have taken up places, down 1% compared with the same point last year, according to initial data published by admissions service Ucas.A breakdown shows 353,960 UK...
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USA- Report: 50% of graduate students feel 'psychological distress' - Source:Education Dive

Mental health distress is a serious problem among graduate students, according to three University of Michigan professors who have made a series of recommendations for higher education and the students. Their report comes just as another survey from Belgium researchers shows that one third of PhD candidates develop an issue such as...
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USA- University of Akron to phase out 80 degree programs - Source:The Chronicle

The University of Akron will phase out 80 degree programs as it adjusts to changing demands.The changes announced by UA Wednesday were based on declining program enrollment. Board members received an academic program review that examined the university's 414 degrees and degree tracks.Ten Ph.D. programs, 33 master's...
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