NATIONAL NEWS

SA scientists make important Covid-19 discovery - Source:IOL

Scientists around the world have been tirelessly working to find a cure for Covid-19. A group of South African scientists and researchers have contributed to the cause and have made a vital discovery.A team from the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI) at...
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Students volunteer their time to fight virus - Source:SowetanLIVE

A group of students from Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape have sacrificed the recess period to help fight Covid-19.Hundreds of undergraduate students from the university's faculty of medicine and health sciences are volunteering at Tygeberg Hospital.The students are working on numerous fronts. There are 70 students...
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Wits University Press opens online access to researchers and students during Covid-19 pandemic - Source:TimesLIVE

In this time of unprecedented crisis, when universities are developing online teaching systems and academics are working from home, Wits University Press is joining a large number of international university presses and academic publishers in providing access to content for students and researchers.We have partnered with JSTOR and...
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Wits engineers making shields for health workers dealing with Covid-19 - Source:SowetanLIVE

A team made up of Wits university engineering experts are making shields for health practitioners that will be dealing with Covid-19 patients.Guy Richards, Letlotlo Phohole, Moses Mogotlane, Palesa Riba and Randall Paton are creating the highly needed shields."Netcare was going to provide the actual shield and clips to put it...
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Final year medical student tells of bittersweet wait to graduate - Source:IOL

For Pongola-born final year medical school student, Lindokuhle Ntshangase, graduating as a medical doctor has been a lifelong dream. But with the 21-day lockdown that was imposed a week ago, those dreams may have to be put on ice - for now. Ntshangase said whilst the lockdown was essential to control the spread of the virus, the...
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Human destruction of our planet to blame for pandemics - Nzimande - Source:EyeWitness News

Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande on Saturday said the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic was caused by the human destruction of the environment.Nzimande warned that if people didn't start protecting the planet more pandemics were likely to follow. Globally, COVID-19 has infected over one million...
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Matric revision podcast by Gauteng Education Department --- working with 702 - Source:702

Matriculants may be having a tough time catching up with their learning as normal due to the COVID-19 lockdown.To assist pupils, the Gauteng Education Department has adopted several steps to be taken to ensure education is not compromised.Working with Talk Radio 702, the department will ensure that pupils can access their matric...
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Review, amend or create policy and legislation enabling the 4IR - Prof Tshilidzi Marwala - Source:Mail & Guardian Online

Artificial intelligence (AI) is increasingly being used successfully in many areas of our lives. AI is a technology that makes machines intelligent, and these machines learn to speak, hear, feel and think. One area where AI is increasingly being used is in the medical field. For example, in South Korea, the company Seegene used AI...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

A most prolific innovator at Unisa in 2019 - Source:UNISA

Prof Malik Maaza, from Unisa's College of Graduate Studies, was recognised at the 2020 Research & Innovation Awards with two Innovation Awards: the Most Prolific Innovator in 2019 in the Industrial Property Category and the 2019 Patent Application Incentive for nanofluids and a method of making nanofluids. He was also honoured...
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Ballet, dance moves can keep rugby players fit during lockdown - Source:SUN

Rugby players may not be able to train outdoors because of the COVID-19 lockdown, but they can still maintain an edge over their opponents if they make ballet and certain rhythmic (dance) moves part of their strength and conditioning training while indoors, according to a recent study at Stellenbosch University (SU)."Incorporating...
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Cooperation: A universal law - Source:NWU

The North-West University prides itself as being not only one of the top-ranking universities in the country, but in Africa as well. In addition to that, the university boast numerous international partnerships that puts it on the forefront of our forward global surge towards creating a future that is rife with possibilities and...
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Developing a vaccine for COVID-19 - Source:UCT

As COVID-19 infection and morbidity rates increase around the globe, a number of companies and academic institutions have entered the race to develop a vaccine to protect us from the lethal virus. Creating a vaccine is, however, a complex process and could take several months, if not years.In an effort to gain a measure of clarity...
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Doctoral education needs a review - Source:RHODES

Around the world there has been a massive increase in demand for doctoral education. This most­ly stems from the idea that the "knowledge economy" requires high-level skills. The claim that there's a correlation between a country's economic stability and the proportion of its population who have doctorates has led to...
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Mandela University plays its part in the fight against COVID-19 - Source:NMU

As the number of (COVID-19) novel Coronavirus cases escalates in South Africa and the Eastern Cape, efforts to curb the spread of the virus are being intensified, with Nelson Mandela University availing its suite of skills and expertise to support local and provincial government's efforts in the fight against the unfolding...
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NWU experts heed the call to serve the African continent - Source:NWU

The North-West University (NWU) is extending its footprint widely across the African continent in realising its dream to be an internationally recognised university in Africa, distinguished for engaged scholarship, social responsiveness and an ethic of care.WePROTECT African Union Global Summit Just recently Prof Johnny Strijdom, an...
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Our direct human ancestor Homo erectus is older than we thought - Source:UJ

An unusual skullcap and thousands of clues have created a southern twist to the story of human ancestors, in research published in Science on 3 April, 2020.The rolling hills northwest of Johannesburg are famous for fossils of human-like creatures called hominins. Because of this, the area is known as the Cradle of...
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Rhodes University partners with Grocott's Mail to bring you your paper - Source:RHODES

This Friday you would not have found your Grocott's Mail at the supermarket as usual, and here's why.This week's Grocott's Mail is an extraordinary edition as Makhanda faces the local effects of an unprecedented global crisis and as South Africa operates under a state of National Disaster. It's the first of...
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School of Accountancy students make us proud - Source:UFS

The School of Accountancy is proud to announce that 55 (74%) of the 2019 graduates for the BAcc Honours and Postgraduate Diploma in Chartered Accountancy programmes have passed the Initial Test of Competence (ITC) examination for the Chartered Accountant (SA) designation, compared to the national average of 68% for first-time...
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Socially relevant research innovation in intelligent systems - Source:UNISA

Prof Zenghui Wang from the College of Science, Engineering and Technology was presented with one of the 2019 Chancellor's Awards for Excellence in Research during the 2020 Research & Innovation Awards. The awards celebrate a community of Unisa researchers who are at the helm of knowledge production in the...
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The future of universities post-COVID-19 - UP co-hosts international THE online forum - Source:UP

The financial existential crises experienced at universities and the future funding of research in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown were the focus of an online forum organised by the Times Higher Education publication in partnership with the University of Pretoria (UP).Entitled "The Southern Africa impact virtual forum:...
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UP produces interactive app with real-time data on COVID-19 infections - Source:UP

A team from the University of Pretoria's (UP) Department of Statistics in collaboration with other international universities has developed what is believed to be the first interactive app in the country that provides real-time data on COVID-19 using R-Shiny (a statistical software package).As at Monday 6 April 2020, Global...
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Video footage reveals that penguins make sounds under water - Source:NMU

Whales, dolphins, seals and even sea turtles can vocalise under water - and scientists have discovered that penguins can, too. It is the first time seabirds have been found to produce sound under water."The use of acoustic signals at sea could potentially enhance seabirds' foraging success, but this remains largely unexplored,"...
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Wits' Forbes appointed as editor-in-chief of international journal - Source:WITS

Professor Andrew Forbes from the Wits School of Physics has been announced as the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Optics. The Journal of Optics is the official journal of the European Optical Society and is published by the UK's Institute of Physics (IoP).The Journal of Optics has been in circulation for more than 100...
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REGIONAL NEWS

EGYPT- 17 medics at Egypt's cancer institute test positive for coronavirus - Source:Middle East Monitor

At least 17 medics at Egypt's National Cancer Institute have tested positive for coronavirus as the country's official confirmed cases surpasses 1,000.The institute has now been closed for three days so that it can be sterilised, but doctors are criticising the management for not closing down earlier.Pharmacist Hajar...
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NAMIBIA- Science and Technology University launches national COVID-19 website and mobile app - Source:Namibia Economist

Namibia's University of Science and Technology (NUST) has developed a website and an Android mobile app to provide essential information about the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.The national platforms contain news, statistics, advice and tips, testing centers, frequently asked questions, official circulars, and other...
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NIGERIA- 2020 UTME: JAMB makes clarification on 'cut-off marks' - Source:Daily Post

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), on Monday said it has not published the national and general minimum cut-off marks for placement of candidates into the nation's tertiary institutions.JAMB in a tweet on its official Twitter page, described the cut-off mark speculated in some quarters as 'fake...
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NIGERIA- Corruption erodes integrity of tertiary institutions -Prof Akinrinade, ACAN Provost - Source:The Sun Nigeria

The Provost of Anti-Corruption Academy of Nigeria (ACAN), Prof Sola Akinrinade, has opened a can of worms of high-level corruption ravaging the nation's tertiary institutions. He dropped the bombshell while delivering the 28th and 29th combined convocation lecture of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago-Iwoye, Ogun...
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UGANDA- Makerere University management holds first online meeting - Source:PML Daily

The Makerere University central management has on Monday, April 6, 2020, held it's first online meeting in continuation with University work and observing social distancing.According to a statement on the university's social media pages, the meeting was chaired by the Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe."Prof Barnabas...
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UGANDA- UCU Complies With Gov't, Suspends Online Easter Semester Exams - Source:ChimpReports

The management of Uganda Christian University (UCU) has suspended the Easter semester online exams in compliance with a directive from the Ministry of Education and Sports.Early this week, Minister for Higher Education Dr John Chrysostom Muyingo told Parliament that UCU's take home exams were in contravention of the...
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ZAMBIA- Management studying UNZALARU's petition against Mwanza, Bukowa - VC - Source:Zambia: News Diggers!

UNIVERSITY of Zambia (UNZA) Vice-Chancellor Professor Luke Mumba says management is still analysing the petition raised by UNZALARU against the appointment the new Dean of Students Dr Jackson Mwanza and spokesperson Brenda Bukowa, amid concerns of alleged irregularities.Last week, University of Zambia Lecturers' and...
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ZAMBIA- Research on COVID-19 vaccine way to go - Source:Zambia Daily Mail

That the National Institute for Scientific and Industrial Research (NISIR) and University of Zambia (UNZA) are doing a research to help find a vaccine for coronavirus is indeed good news as it brings hope to the seemingly helpless situation.It is much more heartening that science and medical experts in the country are not sitting...
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ZIMBABWE- UZ delivers first NatPharm order - Source:The Herald

The University of Zimbabwe (UZ) has delivered an order of 10 000 units of hand sanitisers, hand wash, surgical theatre caps, overshoes, aprons and face masks to the NatPharm.UZ made the products under a Government facilitated programme of local production of Covid-19 materials and equipment.Together with additional items donated by...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

AUSTRALIA- Universities excluded from wage subsidies - Source:9NEWS

Universities are furious most will miss out on the federal government's wage subsidy scheme despite the fact they are registered charities.The government has relaxed the rules around access to the $130 billion program for charities delivering frontline services throughout the coronavirus pandemic.But universities that will shed...
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BANGLADESH- No online test, admission: UGC to pvt universities - Source:United News of Bangladesh (UNB)

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Monday urged the authorities concerned of private universities to refrain from taking examinations and conducting admission activities online.It was found that some universities are conducting their activities like taking examinations and making evaluation online, while some have decided to...
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CHINA- Coronavirus pandemic: Beijing universities open free counseling hotline for Chinese overseas - Source:CGTN

With the easing of the COVID-19 pandemic in China, many people are gradually returning to their normal lives. While some believe in the power of keeping busy and outdoor activities, others require professional help.Counselors in Beijing Normal University's psychological counseling center say they have received over 150 calls...
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FINLAND- Universities Finland: Safety first as universities prepare for student admissions - any entrance exam changes reported by 15 April - Source:MarketScreener

The Finnish universities are following up on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic and are carefully preparing for the practical arrangements of student admissions under these exceptional circumstances.Universities are preparing for different scenarios in close collaboration with Finland'sMinistry of Education and Culture and...
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INDIA- '100-bed isolation wards in 4 Purnea varsity colleges soon'  - Source:The Times of India

The Purnea University has decided to set up 100-bed isolation wards in its four colleges in Araria, Purnea, Katihar and Kishanganj falling under its jurisdiction to cater to the needs of Covid-19 suspects and patients as well. Purnea University vice-chancellor (VC) Prof Rajesh Singh said on Sunday that he has issued an advisory to...
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INDIA- Universities asked to prepare fresh exam schedule as plan B - Source:Hindustan Times

Maharastra minister for higher and technical education Uday Samant on Monday interacted via a video-conferencing facility with all state-run universities' vice-chancellors (VCs) after all the examination schedules went for a toss because of the ongoing 21-day nationwide lockdown that has been enforced since March 25 to contain...
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ISRAEL- Israeli Council for Higher Education Sets Up $4 Million KillCorona Grant Fund - Source:CTech

The Israeli Council for Higher Education announced Sunday that it has set up a NIS 14 million NIS (around $4 million) grant fund to help in the fight coronavirus (Covid-19).The program, aptly named KillCorona, is set to fund some 30 projects researching methods to stop the spread of Covid-19, each receiving between NIS 180,000...
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LATVIA- Universities in Latvia have no plans for entry exams if central exams are cancelled - Source:Baltic News Network

As reported by Riga Stradins University (RSU), organization of centralized exams is the duty and responsibility of the Education and Science Ministry and schools. The university does not have plans for entrance exams, and neither have resources been allocated nor have e-platforms or exam content been prepared.Entry tests could be...
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MALAYSIA- Varsity to deploy disinfectant robots - Source:The Star Online

A number of universities have come up with needed items that can be offered to the frontliners fighting Covid-19.Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) will launch five disinfectant robots next week to help the fight.The first phase will be tested within its campus grounds, such as lecture halls, residential colleges and high-risk areas,...
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SINGAPORE- No ITE, poly graduation ceremonies for 2020 - Source:The Straits Times

Around 26,000 students from the five polytechnics and 6,500 students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will graduate this year without the milestone ceremonies.In a joint statement yesterday, the polytechnics and ITE said: "We have put in place the necessary precautions to ensure the well-being of our students and...
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