NATIONAL NEWS

FET campus students plagued by rats - Source:News24

AN infestation of rodents is what students of the Umgungundlovu FET College face on a daily basis, which they claim is due to the presence of a recycling plant next door to them.Students say that they have to deal with rats either crawling in the ceiling during lectures, or scurrying through the campus during the day in search of...
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Junior doctors at breaking point - Source:IOL

Long working hours and poor working conditions are driving young doctors over the edge with a spike in calls to depression hotlines and helplines at their universities.The SA Depression and Anxiety Group (Sadag) said since October last year when they launched a helpline for young doctors and interns they have received hundreds of...
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Madam justice blazes trail - Source:News24

The Central University of Technology (CUT), Free State, has congratulated its chancellor, Madam Justice Mahube Molemela, on receiving another feather in her cap.Judge Molemela was appointed by Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa as a judge of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA), which is in Bloemfontein.She took office of this position on 1...
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NSFAS students can now update contact details online - Source:Mpumalanga News

Students, who wish to update or change their contact details, can do it online through the Mynsfas portal on the scheme's website.NSFAS spokesperson Kagisho Mamabolo said the move comes after NSFAS received concerns from students, who were unable to sign their bursary agreements as a result of their details not being updated on...
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New radio telescope in South Africa will study galaxy formation - Source:American Association for the Advancement of Science

Today, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA), a continent-spanning radio astronomy project, announced that Spain has come on board as the collaboration's 11th member. That boost will help the sometimes-troubled project as, over the next year or so, it forms an international treaty organization and negotiates funding to start...
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Pardon for Fees Must Fall activists on the cards - Source:Townpress

Amnesty for "Fees Must Fall" student activists is set to top the agenda of the Universities South Africa board meeting this week.The Fees Must Fall protests in both 2015 and 2016 saw a number of students expelled from universities and some arrested.For some of the student activists, Free Education came at a heavy price. One student...
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Professor delivers Youth Day speech at museum - Source:News24

A CTING dean of the University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Arts Professor Nobuhle Hlongwa addressed scores of youth at the Msunduzi Museum on Friday to commemorate Youth Day which was on June 16.Hlongwa reflected on the youth of South Africa, mentioning the youth's importance to South Africa both presently and in the...
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Students head to China for internship - Source:News24

A SECOND group of 14 students from Eastcape Midlands TVET College (EMC) recently left for a 12-month internship in China.EMC has been identified as one of 15 TVET colleges to send students on a year-long fully funded international training/internship programme in the mechanical engineering field.The students come from the fitting...
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UCT lecturer wins global sustainability award - Source:CapeTown ETC

A senior lecturer in water quality at the Department of Civil Engineering, Dr Dyllon Randall recently represented the University of Cape Town (UCT) at the UNLEASH 2018 event hosted in Singapore, where his team of innovators won a Global Sustainability prize for their SaniHive prototype design.Every year the UNLEASH event brings...
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UCT students nab 2nd place at Battle of the Minds with role playing game - Source:htxt.africa

Three Business Science students from the University of Cape Town have scooped second place in the global Battle of the Minds contest with Disruption - a role playing game (RPG) that helps you learn Python coding.The contest calls on students to create a business idea, research the market, develop a product and pitch how successful...
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UKZN specialist physician scoops multiple 2018 MASEA - Source:News24

UNIVERSITY of KwaZulu-Natal specialist physician, and Head of Firm Internal Medicine at Edendale Hospital, Dr Somasundram Pillay has once again bagged two Minister's Annual Service Excellence Awards (MASEA) in 2017/18.In the fifth MASEA, held in Durban ICC recently, Dr Pillay, known by peers and patients as "Soma" walked home...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

American, South African health researchers in talks about supportive partnership - Source:UL

Medical researchers in South Africa and the United States of America converged at the University of Limpopo (UL) for a seminar that pursued a collaboration to develop active and supportive health research programmes.The US - South Africa Programme for Collaborative Biomedical Research is a collaboration between UL, South African...
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Book Donation Aids Lusaka Apex Medical University - Source:UWC

"Universities aren't just places where students listen and lecturers tell them what they should know. Students should also be able to study further on their own, to develop their own well-informed views on various matters - and for that, they need a fully-equipped library."So said Joachim Jacobs, Director of the UWC HIV & AIDS...
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Book launch inspires budding scientists - Source:UCT

Hundreds of excited Khayelitsha learners enjoyed a science show as part of the launch of the isiXhosa translation of George's Secret Key to the Universe - the children's book by Lucy and Stephen Hawking. The translation was done by biliteracy expert Xolisa Guzula, a lecturer from the University of Cape Town (UCT) School of...
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Bright IT students bag bursaries and laptops  - Source:TUT

Hard work has paid off for four students from the Tshwane University of Technology's Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), who have just received bursaries and laptops worth R564 254 from the Dell Development Fund (DDF).Nomsa Ludere, Kgutso Segodi, Kgotso Maduna and Amanda Nkosi, all first-year Information...
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DUT Hosts e-Learning Conference - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) showcased its e-learning innovation and certificate presentation at the Durban Botanical Gardens Conference Centre on Monday, 18 June 2018.The conference addressed the use of online learning and the use of Think Learn Zone (TLZ)/Blackboard as a teaching and learning platform for the DUT...
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Donation of dynamometers helps occupational therapists in needy communities - Source:SUN

Survivors of road accidents, assault and violent crime often require rehabilitation, and so do people with osteoarthritis, amputations and stroke survivors.Two worthy occupational therapy centres recently received a small boost on this front with the donation of dynamometers. "Dynamometers are instruments used by occupational...
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Employability Issues Addressed - Source:VUT

The Vaal University of Technology's Alumni relations, in collaboration with the VUT debate club, hosted a debate on 28 April on the topic: ''Can student employability be enhanced through the support structures within VUT?''The aim of this debate was to integrate and introduce students to campus opportunities...
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Full accreditation for UCT's LLB programme - Source:UCT

The Council on Higher Education (CHE) last week confirmed full accreditation for the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme. This follows a review by the CHE late last year as part of the accreditation process for law degrees in South Africa to develop a qualification standard for LLB programmes.The...
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IDC gives disability centre a R400 000 facelift  - Source:UL

The Reakgona Disability Centre (RDC) at the University of Limpopo has received an interior facelift in its laboratories and library, all thanks to the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) for its generous donation of R438 810.60Through the university's UL Trust , the RDC used the donation to procure advanced equipment for...
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Living the legacy-these Unisa CAs are tops in our books - Source:UNISA

Part of the mission of College of Accounting Sciences (CAS) is to provide an environment where staff members and students can excel. The college is proud to announce that three of its young academic staff members have been nominated to the Top 35-under-35 South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) competition.
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MUT to firm up its relationship with Umlazi District - Source:MUT

Ntokozo Cele, the Acting Director of Umlazi District, said now he could relax. "I have been yearning to meet MUT officials to discuss the partnership our district has with the University," said Ntokozo, a man who has been in the education system since 1990. Ntokozo said his main focus was that whatever intervention programmes MUT...
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Saving water one flush at a time - Source:CPUT

The current drought gripping the Mother City has taught Capetonians that every drop counts.CPUT's horticulture foreman, Stanton Abels, took this lesson to heart and has come up with a plan that will help the institution to not only save water but also money in the long run.Abels said a new 2 000 litre water tank was recently...
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Successful Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa AGM Held at UKZN - Source:UKZN

UKZN's College of Health Sciences, in collaboration with Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA), hosted the first TIBA Annual General Meeting at the Hilton Hotel in Durban.Launched early this year, TIBA is an Africa-led multi-disciplinary research programme which explores and draws lessons from ways different African...
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Tenders: Private developers for Off-Campus Accommodation for University of Venda students - Source:UNIVEN

All interested property owners within 20 kilometer radius of the University of Venda, wishing to provide student accommodation are invited to attend a briefing session on 29 June 2018 at the Senate Chamber at 10h00...
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UNIZULU Students Empowered by Toastmasters Experience - Source:UNIZULU

The University of Zululand (UNIZULU) recently held an informative weeklong Toastmasters workshop, from Monday to Friday (11 - 15 June), in pursuit of transferring public speaking and leadership skills to students, an area of development often seen to be overlooked in specialised higher education.The participants of the workshop were...
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VUT Staff takes part in Health and Safety Training Course - Source:VUT

It's important to know what to do in case of an emergency at work. Our brave and eager colleagues from various departments each attended a short health and safety training course. The aim is to have a Safety Representative in each department, ensuring that the VUT community is well informed of all health & safety risks as well...
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Zooming in on Agripreneurship and Sustainable Agricultural Value Chains - Source:UKZN

Agripreneurship and sustainable agricultural value chains were the main topics of presentation at the third annual Ukulinga Howard Davis Memorial Symposium hosted by UKZN at its Ukulinga Research Farm in Pietermaritzburg.Topics at the two-day gathering ranged from agripreneurship to technological and postharvest innovation. Local...
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REGIONAL NEWS

East African research centres plot for climate-ready cassava - Source:Africa Science News

A team comprising of researchers from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya, Mikocheni Agricultural Research Institute (MARI) in Tanzania, in collaboration with Basque Institute for Research and Development in Agriculture (NEIKER) in Spain are evaluating and developing cassava cultivars...
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GHANA- GNPC, University of Ghana partner to establish chair in petroleum geoscience - Source:Graphic Online

The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the University of Ghana, Legon, under which the GNPC will make available $1 million for the establishment of a research chair in Petroleum Geoscience at the university.The chair will facilitate the sustainable development of...
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KENYA- School heads call for review of university subject cluster - Source:Standard Digital

Head teachers have called for a review of the subject cluster points system used to admit students to universities. Kenya Secondary School Heads Association (Kessha) chairman Kahi Indimuli said students who excell in sciences but do not do well in languages were being locked out from science courses or university admission.Mr...
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NAMIBIA- UNISA prepares trainee accountants through local study sessions - Source:Namibia Economist

The University of South Africa (UNISA) in conjunction with the Public Accountant Auditors Board (PAAB), last week hosted their first study school for the distance students in Windhoek.Public Accountant Auditors Board Membership and Training Officer, Fenni Nghikevali said they recognised the challenges that many UNISA distance...
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NIGERIA- JAMB holds 2018 admission policy meeting June 26 - Source:NewTelegraph Newspaper

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has fixed June 26 for the 2018 admission policy meeting which would kick-start the admission process into the nation's tertiary institutions.JAMB Head of Media and Information, Dr. Fabian Benjamin, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Lagos.Benjamin...
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NIGERIA- Staff of Oyo tertiary institutions resume strike Friday - Source:Tribune Online

Staff unions of the six tertiary institutions owned by the Oyo State Government are set to resume their suspended strike on Friday.This will be a sequel to the expiration of the 21-day ultimatum issued by the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Staff Unions in Oyo State-owned tertiary institutions on May 24 May 2018.Speaking with...
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UGANDA- Public Universities Staff Agree to Strike Over Pay - Source:Daily Monitor

The teaching and the non-teaching staff from the nine public universities yesterday announced a nationwide strike after failure by government to consider them for salary enhancements and payment of their arrears in the next financial year's budget.The lecturers under the Forum for Academic Staff of Public Universities (FASPU)...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

AUSTRALIA- Overseas students pay $90,000 for undergraduate degree - Source:The Australian

International students are paying more than $40,000 a year for degrees at Australia's top universities, and even the average fee level is higher than $30,000.The University of Sydney and the Australian National University top the fee list for undergraduates, charging an average this year of $42,961 and $40,703 respectively to...
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INDIA- Online admission to 10 varsities starts - Source:The Telegraph

The online application process for admission in undergraduate courses at 10 state universities started on Tuesday. The varsities are LN Mithila University, Purnea University, BN Mandal University, Veer Kunwar Singh University, Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar Bihar University, Magadh University, JP University, Munger University,...
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IRAN- Iranian, French universities to co-run intl. trade courses - Source:Tehran Times

Ferdowsi University of Mashhad and University Clermont Auvergne of France inked a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to co-run international trade courses in Iran, ISNA reported on Tuesday.According to the MOU, all courses will be taught in English and applicants will be able to join the courses after their English proficiency has...
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ISRAEL- Caesarea Foundation to pay NIS 800m to higher education - Source:Globes

The Ministry of Finance and the Rothschild Caesarea Foundation have reached agreement on the financial disputes between them. Under the agreement, the validity of the agreement between the state and the Foundation will be extended for 10 years in return for a NIS 700-800 million transfer from the Foundation to institutions of higher...
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JORDAN- Heads, members of universities' board of trustees appointed - Source:The Jordan Times

A Royal Decree was issued on Tuesday approving the appointment of the heads and members of the boards of trustees of the official universities for a period of four years starting from June 3, 2018, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.In accordance with the Royal Decree, Adnan Badran is appointed chairman of the board of trustees...
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PHILIPPINES- P16B allotted for tertiary education subsidy to cover only 300,000 students - Source:Rappler

Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (Unifast) officer-in-charge Carmelita Yadao Sison on Tuesday, June 19, said that the P16 billion allotted for tertiary education subsidy is only enough to cover about 300,000 students for school year (SY) 2018 to 2019."Kulang 'yan (It's insufficient)...
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SOUTH KOREA- South Korea to promote joint use of research equipment among local universities - Source:Open Gov

South Korea's Ministry of Science and ICT has recently announced plans to pilot a Core Research Facility (CRF) in support of its "Na-Nweo-Sseul-Lae" or "Will You Share it" Task Force initiative for enhancing efficient usage of the country's research equipment. The new "Core Research Facility" will complement the existing...
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SYRIA- India Grants Syria Scholarships for Higher Education - Source:Prensa Latina

The India government granted Syria 1,000 scholarships for postgraduate and master's studies, as part of India''s help for the reconstruction of this Arab country, a ministerial source reported today.Sahar Fahoum, Syria's Deputy Minister of Higher Education told the media that New Delhi's offer will help to...
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VIETNAM- Tertiary education tuition to be determined by universities - Source:VIETNAMNET Bridge

The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) says that tertiary education quality is low partially because of the low tuition. The problem will be settled when universities are given autonomy and have the right to set tuition levels at their schools.MOET Minister Phung Xuan Nha said on June 6 at the ongoing National Assembly's...
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