NATIONAL NEWS

Government in talks with universities about enrollment procedures - Source:IOL

The Department of Higher Education and Training will implement an enrollment planning exercise to determine funding for universities and TVET colleges, reports SA news.This comes after an enrolment plan was signed off in 2013 by the Minister of Higher Education and Training, Blade Nzimande.The new exercise will see government...
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Law graduate surprises great-granny during capping ceremony - Source:TimesLIVE

When 89-year-old Nomkikilizo Ntombela accompanied her great-grandson to his graduation ceremony on Friday' she did not expect to be capped for his Bachelor of Law degree.University of KwaZulu-Natal graduate Njabulo Ntombela' 27' surprised his great-grandmother when he took her up on stage with him' draped her in...
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Naledi Pandor orders department to help speed up student-funding payments - Source:BusinessLIVE

Higher Education Minister Naledi Pandor is concerned about the delays facing students who are eligible for grants from the National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), says her spokesman, Lunga Ngqengelele."She is asking the department to work with NSFAS to resolve the issues as a matter of urgency," he said.NSFAS appears to have...
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No qualifications recorded for RAF acting CEO - qualifications body - Source:fin24.com

The curious case of Road Accident Fund acting CEO Lindelwa Jabavu's academic qualifications escalated as it emerged that the South African Qualification Authority has indicated to the RAF that she does not have matric, let alone the banking management qualifications she claims to have on her curriculum vitae.This means RAF...
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R900m set for student and staff development at SA universities - Source:The South African

With 2018 being the first year that "free higher education" is being rolled out (in stages) by government, there have been concerns that money for the upkeep and improvement of universities will not be available. Now, the Department of Higher Education has revealed some plans for hundreds of millions.Minister Naledi Pandor announced...
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Raymond Zondo appointed chancellor of University of Zululand - Source:TimesLIVE

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo has been appointed chancellor of the University of Zululand.He will be inaugurated on Wednesday.Zondo, who was appointed deputy chief justice last year, is the chairperson of the commission of inquiry into allegations of state capture' corruption and fraud in the public sector.Detailing his...
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South Africa gets gold in Huawei Southern Africa ICT Skill Competition - Source:IT News Africa

Huawei hosted an award ceremony for the winners of the first Huawei ICT Skill Competition Southern Africa. The competition garnered over 1000 participating students from over 8 universities in various countries across Sub-Saharan Africa, including South Africa, Kenya, Ghana and Nigeria.Students from Ghana and South Africa won first...
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TVET colleges shut down amid funding protests - Source:IOL

Four Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges under the Ilembe-Umfolozi area management have shut down following student protests over delays in disbursing their "much-needed" financial aid.Chief Albert Luthuli, Sundumbili, Sithebe and Mandeni colleges have all been closed.The Mercury understands that Esikha- wini...
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Zulu king to receive honorary doctorate - Source:TimesLIVE

King Goodwill Zwelithini will have an honorary doctorate conferred on him by the University of Zululand next month.In a statement' the university said it would be bestowing a doctorate in social work on him to acknowledge his leadership and his contribution to combating social ills."We are beyond delighted to be recognising his...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

Achieving against the odds - Source:NMU

The year 2016 was meant to be the exciting final year of 24-year-old Thobani Mkananda's BA Psychology degree. Instead, it turned into the most traumatic year of his life when he suffered a sudden stroke.After the stroke Thobani, now 26, could not speak coherently or walk, he lost the use of his hand and his face froze on the...
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Adversity can be a chance to shine - Source:CPUT

Leon Njouakoua Tchonko's first question when he got the news was "but what does getting a summa cum laude mean?"The 32-year-old is currently overseas and had received a message from his supervisor about his graduation status.Once he heard the explanation that both supervisors gave him a more than a 75% pass mark he gave a...
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Celebrating The Life Of The Late Dr Zola Skewyiya - Source:UWC

"If ever there was a stalwart, it was Zola Skweyiya. Like Oliver Tambo, Dr Skweyiya was a natural democrat. He hated apartheid with a passion and truly believed in the Freedom Charter declarations that South Africa belongs to all who live in it." Those were the words of former Constitutional Court Judge Albie Sachs, as read by...
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Crime awareness campaign highlights tips to combat crime - Source:UL

The scourge of crime in Mankweng has prompted the University of Limpopo (UL) to join forces with various law enforcement agencies to fight crime in the area.The three-day annual Crime Prevention Awareness campaign which started on Wednesday aimed at raising awareness in the university community and its environs about the adverse...
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DUT and EDU Host Successful Machine Learning Course - Source:DUT

Durban University of Technology's (DUT's) Information Technology (IT) Department in partnership with the Enterprise Development Unit (EDU) hosted an Introduction to Machine learning course.The training course was free and successful with 60 DUT and former DUT students in attendance for the four sessions, every Saturday,...
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Disability no hindrance to ability - Source:NMU

"Yes at times I find life difficult and depressing but there is so much to live for. I was dealt this hand of cards, now I have to play it to the best of my ability," says Ciské Faber, who receives her BA degree majoring in Psychology and Sociology this April.Ciske, 22, lives with Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), a rare...
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Eight SRC Leaders to Graduate at DUT - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) continues to be a leader in pioneering and inculcating academic excellence within the ranks of its Student Representative Council (SRC) leaders.History will be recorded when eight SRC leaders from both the Durban and Pietermaritzburg campuses are conferred with their qualifications during...
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Engineer Extraordinaire Receives Honorary Doctorate from UKZN - Source:UKZN

An honorary Doctor of Science in Engineering was awarded to Trueman Tandabantu Goba, former member of the National Planning Commission and current non-executive Chairman of Hatch Africa (Pty) Ltd Consulting Engineers and Project Managers, at the University of KwaZulu-Natal's Graduation ceremony.'It's certainly most...
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Faculty of Theology is focused on reconciliation - Source:NWU

Religion can be one of the most powerful tools in bridging racial divides. This according to Prof Dr Nico Vorster from the Faculty of Theology and co-editor of the recently published book Togetherness in South Africa.The book which features ten chapters that discuss religious perspectives on racism, xenophobia and economic...
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Graduate Learned to Cope with Blindness - Source:UKZN

Masters graduate Mr Lucky Shange's goal had been to become a top-class footballer after he was chosen to represent KwaZulu-Natal towards the end of 1999 but his hopes were dashed when he lost his eyesight.The almost overnight loss of his vision remains somewhat of a mystery but over the years he has learned to cope. Shange said...
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Hat trick for women during North-West University's (NWU's) Institutional Teaching Excellence Awards - Source:NWU

The North-West University celebrated the cream of its crop during the university's Institutional TeachingExcellence Awards ceremony (ITEA). Acknowledging the best lecturers, this annual event took place on 19 April in Potchefstroom.Three women took top honours during the award ceremony. Dr Carolina Botha of the Faculty of...
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Jile withstands adversities to claim overall best student award in agriculture  - Source:UL

From a family of four who depended on their single parent's salary as a driver, Nkame Jile says she had to withstand financial worry and many other basic lacks throughout her studies.The 23-year-old from Moletjie in Limpopo lost her mother at the age of nine. Since then, she watched her father toil for low wages as a driver at...
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Prof Puleng LenkaBula appointed Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Student Affairs, and Community Engagement at UFS - Source:UFS

Prof Puleng LenkaBula, Dean of Student Affairs at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), will take up the position of Vice-Rector: Institutional Change, Student Affairs, and Community Engagement at the University of the Free State (UFS) on 1 May 2018.Prof LenkaBula holds a Doctoral Degree in Ethics of Politics, Economy and...
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SRC President beats sickness to obtain degree - Source:CPUT

The Central SRC President defied sickness and student unrests to obtain his degree.Phathindwe Mncamase, 26, graduated with a BTech degree in Project Management during yesterday afternoon's graduation ceremony after surviving temporary paralysis.Early last year Pat, as he is affectionately known among his peers, suffered a...
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UJ researcher on managing IT initiatives Professorial Inaugural address: Prof Carl Marnewick - Source:UJ

Managing Information technology (IT) initiatives requires a new approach. According to Carl Marnewick, the Deputy Head of Department: Postgraduate, Department of Applied Information Systems within the College of Business and Economics at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), there is overwhelming evidence that IT initiatives managed...
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UWC By The Numbers - Source:UWC

Numbers are important at the University of the Western Cape. Since opening its doors in 1960, thousands of students and staff in 7 faculties have gone on to produce uncounted numbers of books, papers, sporting victories, and more.Here are a few UWC numbers worth remembering...
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VUT CAD hosts motivational seminar for first years - Source:VUT

The Vaal University of Technology's (VUT) Centre for Academic Excellence (CAD) hosted a motivational seminar: 'Unlocking great minds' for first-year students on 17 April at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall.The students were welcomed by a poet called Xhosa Boy; Tendo a motivational speaker and Peter Rasaha also known as...
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VUT FM puts student entrepreneurs on the map - Source:VUT

With the autumn graduation ceremonies on campus having ended on Friday, 13April, it was certain that celebrating milestones achieved would be on the weekend agenda.In this celebratory vibe, VUT FM, in collaboration with the Residence Living & Learning department, decided to boost student entrepreneurs too and presented them with the...
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View the best in advertising and brand communication - Source:TUT

Staff and students will have the unique opportunity to view and be inspired by the best in advertising and brand communication across Africa and the Middle East when TUT hosts the Loeries pop-up Travelling Exhibition from 23 to 27 April.The Loeries has been rewarding creativity for 40 years. As Africa and the Middle East's...
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REGIONAL NEWS

EGYPT- Ain Shams students take lion's share of awards at Egypt's university theatre festival - Source:Ahram Online

The Season of the University Theatres festival took place between 10 and 19 April, featuring plays by the university students from across Egypt.The third occasion of the Season of the University Theatres festival came to an end on 19 April, after ten days filled with performances by the students from across Egypt.Students from Ain...
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GHANA- Accra Tech And Maryland Universities Collaborate For US University Internships - Source:Modern Ghana

The Accra Technical University (ATU) is collaborating with the University of Maryland, USA, under the Ocean City Initiative Programme, to offer ATU students pursuing Hotel and Catering programmes to have practical exposure abroad.The programme will provide the students with a three-month internship at the Maryland University to...
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KENYA- Recent research ranks UoN, Moi University top in Kenya - Source:Capital News

A recent study has ranked the University of Nairobi and Moi University first and second in Kenya respectively.According to the research by University Ranking by Academic Performance, UoN is at position two in East Africa and 1,264 in the world followed by Moi at position four in East Africa and 2,006 in the world.Jomo Kenyatta...
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KENYA- Tough times for universities as funds dry up, admissions drop - Source:The Standard

Details of how majority of universities are struggling financially can be laid bare today as they prepare to admit the second lot of students under strict reforms introduced two years ago by then Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi. With less than half of the declared capacity of students set to be admitted for the second time...
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MALAWI- Court removes University of Malawi Council injunction, warring parties to go for mediation talks - Source:Nyasa Times

The High Court in Zomba has removed an injunction that prevented support staff from going on strike but ordered the warring parties to find a common negotiator to lead mediation talks.The support staff wanted to down tools two weeks ago over pay disagreements with their employer, the University of Malawi council.Mike Namandwa,...
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MALAWI- Scotland to give College of Medicine K102 million - Source:Malawi24

The Scottish Government will give College of Medicine (CoM) £100,000 (about K102 million) over the next two years to assist the college as it is preparing to become a fully independent university.The announcement has been made ahead of President Peter Mutharika's visit to Scotland.According to a statement by the Scottish...
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NAMIBIA-Unam graduates urged to be innovative - Source:New Era

Vice-President and Chancellor of the University of Namibia Nangolo Mbumba has appealed to the 610 new graduates that received their degrees from the four northern campuses to use the knowledge gained during their studies to address the developmental challenges facing the country.He said graduates should serve the country on the...
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NIGERIA- Private varsities too need TETFund grant - Ibiyemi, Achievers Varsity VC - Source:Vanguard News

PRIVATE universities across the country have called on the Federal Government to extend TETFund research and development grant to them.Vice Chancellor of Achievers University, Owo, Ondo State, Professor Samuel lbiyemi, said that limiting the grant to public universities was unfair.lbiyemi who said that private universitiea are...
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NIGERIA- UNILAG student wins National Mathematics Competition - Source:Pulse.ng

A student of the University of Lagos, Daniel Itsuokor has emerged the overall best out of 56 participants from 14 universities in a mathematics competition.The director and chief executive of National Mathematics Competition, Stephen Onah announced this on Friday, April 20, 2018, during the closing ceremony of the...
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UGANDA- Makerere support staff demand answers over irregular appointments - Source:Daily Monitor

More than 1,500 support staff at Makerere University are demanding for explanations after the appointment of staff in disregard of known recruitment procedures. They accuse management of conducting discriminatory promotions and recruitments.Peter Okello, the General Secretary National Union of Education Institution-NUEI Makerere...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

CANADA- B.C. universities impose steep tuition increases for foreign students - Source:The Globe and Mail

When Gurleen Kaur moved to British Columbia from India to start a diploma program at a Vancouver-area university in January, she thought her savings and a part-time job at a coffee shop would be enough to cover her expenses.But now she's facing the prospect of asking her family back home for help after learning her school,...
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INDIA- Maharashtra may get over 20 new universities - Source:The Times of India

Maharashtra may get over 20 new universities as the Rashtriya Uchchatar Shiksha Abhiyan (RUSA), a centrally sponsored scheme for reforming state higher education system, has asked the top 50 institutes in the state to send their proposals for university status.There are chances that more than 20 of them will be approved, Meeta...
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OMAN- Arab Open University showcases during higher education exhibition - Source:Muscat Daily

The Arab Open University presented an active participation at the Oman International Exhibition Centre during the Higher Education Exhibition.The exhibition witnessed the participation of a large number of universities and colleges from Oman, in addition to the participation of a number of universities from outside Oman. The Arab...
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PAKISTAN- SC asks three medical varsities VCs to resign, forms search bodies for fresh appointments - Source:Business Recorder

The Supreme Court Sunday asked vice chancellors of Fatima Jinnah Medical University (FJMU), Rawalpindi Medical University (RMU) and Faisalabad Medical University (FMU) to resign from their offices.The SC bench comprising Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar and Justice Ijazul Ahsan while hearing a suo motu notice over appointment of...
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SCOTLAND- Universities and colleges ordered to tackle s**ual violence on campus or face funding cut - Source:HeraldScotland

SCOTTISH universities and colleges have been ordered to immediately overhaul their approach to tackling violence against women on campus or face a funding cut following a successful campaign by the family of a teenage student who took her own life after she was abused by her boyfriend.Fiona Drouet, whose daughter Emily died aged 18...
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TURKEY- Turkish gov't to establish new universities by splitting 10 existing colleges - Source:Hurriyet Daily News

The Turkish government has submitted a bill to parliament that foresees the establishment of 15 new universities across the country, Education Minister İsmet Yılmaz told state-run Anadolu Agency on April 20.Three new state universities will be founded in the southeastern province of Gaziantep, the Central Anatolian province of...
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UK- University costs working-class students more, says NUS report - Source:theguardian

Working-class students are penalised by a "poverty premium", often paying higher costs to continue studying in a university environment in which they may feel isolated and as though they do not belong, according to a report.Research for the National Union of Students finds that student expenditure routinely outstrips income from...
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USA- Illinois universities see rise in union activity - Source:New Haven Register

Non-tenured faculty and graduate students in Illinois are looking to unions as pay and benefits stagnate.University of Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, the University of Illinois, Northwestern University and Columbia College Chicago have seen an increase in union activity, the Chicago Tribune reported.Graduate students, adjunct...
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USA- University of Cincinnati to continue tuition freeze - Source:wlwt

University of Cincinnati trustees have voted to continue a tuition freeze that makes it the only public university in Ohio that hasn't increased undergraduate tuition for the 2018-19 academic year.The university's board of trustees approved the freeze in a unanimous vote Tuesday. Tuition will remain unchanged from $11,000...
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