NATIONAL NEWS

CPUT students receive counselling after 'jail trauma' - Source:IOL

Some nursing students at Cape Peninsula University of Technology's Heideveld campus are receiving trauma counselling after several of them were arrested and held in jail before appearing in court following protests.A total of 22 students were arrested on the Heideveld campus on February 12 and detained at Manenberg police...
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DUT wants court to ban students from protesting near campuses - Source:TimesLIVE

The Durban University of Technology (DUT) is expected to bring an urgent application in the high court on Thursday to bar students from protesting within 150m of its campuses.In an email sent out to students on Wednesday afternoon, the university attached a copy of the court document highlighting the relief it was seeking against 22...
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Jacob Zuma's promise of free higher education honoured - Source:BusinessLIVE

The stark choices facing the government are nowhere more apparent than in education, where free higher education has been allocated three times more funding than school infrastructure.The government began providing higher-education bursaries to students from poor and working-class families in 2018, fulfilling former president Jacob...
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Pandor says R262bn allocated to education 'good for the country' - Source:IOL

Minister of Higher Education Naledi Pandor welcomed Finance Minister Tito Mboweni's announcement that education and culture will continue to receive the largest share of South Africa's 2019 budget, with basic education allocated R262.4 billion in the next financial year."This is very good for the country because it means...
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Reason for failed SA rocket launch probed - Source:IOL

Researchers from the University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN) Aerospace Systems Research Group (ASReG) have opened a probe into the cause of a malfunction of its Phoenix-1B sounding rocket during its planned launch at the Denel Overberg Test Range.The rocket was developed by the university as part of its flagship Phoenix Hybrid...
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Students granted bail after violent protests - Source:DispatchLIVE

Eight Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) students - charged with public violence - were all granted bail on Tuesday.The eight appeared briefly in the Umlazi magistrate's court before they were released. The strife-torn institution suspended the academic programme following student protests which flared up at the Umlazi...
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TUT campuses set to open today - Source:IOL

Tshwane University of Technology has finally announced the end of protests and the week-long closure at all its campuses. Academic activities were scheduled to resume today.The agreement comes after days of negotiations between university management and the student leadership.University spokesperson Willa de Ruyter said talks...
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UJ holds summit to find out if refugees are welcome in South Africa - Source:The Citizen

The South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights, and International Law (SAIFAC) at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Tuesday held a summit at the Constitution Hill to explore if South Africans were welcoming to refugees as stipulated in the White Paper.South Africa's asylum and refugee system...
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UP Vice-Chancellor supports #Back2Varsity student drive - Source:Rekord East

University of Pretoria Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe has urged the UP and the wider communities to support an initiative to help needy students.He was referring to the #Back2Varsity campaign, a brainchild of Menlyn Park and Tuks FM, to provide students from disadvantaged backgrounds with non-perishable foods,...
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University Orders Students to Leave Residences Following Violent Protests - Source:GroundUp

Students in Durban residences at Mangosuthu University of Technology are refusing to go home after the university told them to vacate their rooms by 4pm Tuesday afternoon. This follows violent clashes on Monday between students and police, in which six students were arrested.After a meeting between the Student Representative Council...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

2018 marked a milestone in history of School of Humanities - Source:SPU

The year marked our fifth anniversary, and also came with the first inaugural graduates from our BA degree, with commendable throughput rates. These existing milestones have ushered us into another milestone in our growth as a school.Our three postgraduate Honours programmes were accredited and in 2019, we are offering our inaugural...
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DIMAMO: A new population research centre to tackle lifestyle diseases  - Source:UL

In the first quarter of 2018, Statistics South Africa released its annual report on mortality and causes of death in the country where lifestyle diseases emerged as the top natural killers.Tuberculosis and diabetes remain the biggest killers despite pervasive national awareness campaigns. This pestilence of lifestyle diseases...
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Educators in Kgakotlou Circuit express gratitude to UL agricultural workshop  - Source:UL

Grade 12 teachers in Kgakotlou Circuit have extolled the University of Limpopo (UL) in gratitude for agricultural science subject management workshop.The teachers say they learnt a lot about advanced strategies to implement when teaching Agricultural Science subject to Grade 12 pupils.The workshop was launched in 2017 in the School...
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FNB CPUT ready to rock - Source:CPUT

The FNB CPUT rugby team is ready and raring for their first home game in the FNB Varsity Shield tournament and call on the whole CPUT community to back their boys.The team will go head to head with FNB TUT at the CPUT Sports Stadium in Bellville at 6.30PM on Thursday 21 February.After a defeat against the FNB Madibaz earlier this...
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Gavin Younge sculpture makes waves in Australia - Source:UCT

A five-metre-long stainless steel artwork by renowned University of Cape Town (UCT) Emeritus Professor Gavin Younge is among 70 sculptures to go on show at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe in Perth, Australia next month.Younge's sculpture Curating the Waves, which satirises the human folly of attempting to control the forces of...
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Genetic blueprint for extraordinary wood-munching fungus from the Northern Cape - Source:SUN

A relatively unknown fungus, accidentally found growing on an Acacia tree in the Northern Cape, has emerged as a voracious wood-munching organism with enormous potential in industries based on renewable resources.The first time someone took note of Coniochaeta pulveracea was more than two hundred years ago, when the South...
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HRCoC meets for 2019 annual planning workshop - Source:UNISA

Unisa's Human Resources Committee of Council (HRCoC) met on 18 February 2019 for their annual planning workshop with the aim to discuss and commit to 2019 performance objectives.HRCoC is a statutory committee appointed by Council and is responsible for all human resource capacity needs of the organisation.The Chairperson of...
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It's time to rethink by-laws that criminalise poverty, says UP Centre for Human Rights professor - Source:UP

Criminal law should not be used to punish the poor for being poor. However, many by-laws across South Africa prohibit sleeping in public spaces, begging, loitering, and trading without a permit. Offenders may be fined, arrested and detained. Often their property is confiscated. Poor and vulnerable people are made into criminals for...
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Madibaz coach knows a tough road lies ahead - Source:NMU

Madibaz rugby coach Jarryd Buys is buoyant after getting five points from their opening FNB Varsity Shield game in Port Elizabeth, but says they realise a tough challenge lies ahead for the team.The FNB Nelson Mandela University side defeated Cape Peninsula University of Technology 38-21 at the Madibaz Stadium on Monday, achieving...
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Rhodes University student wins car through Absa - Source:RHODES

Excited Rhodes University Pharmacy student, Mpho Kotolane, was recently handed keys to her new Ford Figo by Absa at Rhodes University.The bank ran a competition in 2018 where any student signing up for and using a Gold Graduate or Student Silver Account would stand a chance to win a Ford Figo.Absa's involvement with Rhodes...
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The Woordfees in the palm of your hand - Source:SUN

The Woordfees is a huge festival. There are 497 performances in more than 60 venues across 10 categories. This new app is designed to help festival goers navigate this comprehensive programme easily with a guide that can be carried around in your pocket. If you click on PROGRAMME, you will be able to search on Alphabetical,...
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Thuthuka Bursaries for UKZN BCom Accounting Students - Source:UKZN

After a rigorous review process by the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA), UKZN's School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) has welcomed 15 Thuthuka Bursary Fund (TBF) recipients into its Accounting programme.The Thuthuka Bursary programme is a transformation initiative of accountants aimed at...
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Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom visits Javett Art Centre at UP - Source:UP

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom visited the University of Pretoria recently for a preview of the Javett Art Centre at UP (Javett-UP) as construction of this new home for African art at the university's Hatfield Campus nears completion. Hanekom was hosted during his visit by UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana...
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UCT's 'unique' climate-change master's degree - Source:UCT

The University of Cape Town's (UCT) climate-change master's programme, which addresses the issue of climate change in the context of sustainable development with a specifically African focus, is geared at boosting the relatively small community of professionals and researchers working in this field on the...
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Wits hosts unique e-Science teaching platform - Source:WITS

Wits is the hub of a unique cross-disciplinary postgraduate e-Science training platform.In 2016, the Department of Science and Technology (DST) identified the need to establish a multi-institutional National e-Science Postgraduate Teaching and Training Platform (NEPTTP). This platform exists to develop human capital with the...
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Work-based placement at four South African mining schools - Source:UNISA

Lucky Maseko of Unisa's Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering initially presented a paper on work-integrated learning (WIL) at a conference organised by the Society of Mining Professors last year. According to his colleague, Professor François Mulenga, it drew so much interest amongst the delegates that it was...
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REGIONAL NEWS

ANGOLA- Angola Seeks Experience On Accreditation Evaluation - Source:Angola Press - ANGOP

The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESCTI) seeks, through the experience of Portuguese experts from the Accreditation Agency Higher Education Agency (A3ES), to define the quality standard that is intended for higher education courses in the country.This meeting is part of the National Development...
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BURUNDI- The education quality evaluation in the public higher institutions has been officially launched - Source:RegionWeek

The Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Gaspard Banyankimbona, proceeded, in the premises of the University of Burundi on Monday, February 18, 2019, with the official launch of evaluation of the education quality provided in public higher education institutions. The assessment began on Tuesday, February 19,...
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KENYA- 74,000 HELB defaulters to be tracked down - CS Amina - Source:The Star

Some 74,000 HELB defaulters will now be tracked down by law enforcement agencies, Education CS Amina Mohamed has declared.She said graduates will be traced through their workplaces.Amina spoke on Wednesday when she launched HELB's five-year strategic plan at a Nairobi hotel."We will partner with the agencies to trace the...
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KENYA- CUE Courses condition to universities - Source:The Standard Group

The Commission for University Education (CUE) has explained why it has not approved certain academic programmes offered in a number of local universities.It emerged that some of the universities were barred from offering certain courses because they did not have adequate facilities in line with the set standards and...
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NAMIBIA- Some trainee doctors lacked required skills - Shangula - Source:New Era

Assessments that led to a remedial programme for foreign-trained doctors came as a result of findings that ascertained some of the medical graduates lack essential skills to practice.It was also previously found some of the trainee doctors lacked the competence to practice as health professionals, revealed the Minister of Health and...
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NIGERIA- JAMB postpones mock exams, says UTME may be rescheduled - Source:Punch Newspapers

The Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board has postponed the mock examination of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination slated to start from Saturday, February 23, because of the rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections.The board also said, on Wednesday, that it may reschedule the 2019 UTME if the...
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TANZANIA- Medical varsities to harmonize curriculum, competences - Source:IPPMEDIA

THREE medical universities have joined forces to harmonise the curriculum for health education in the country so that graduates have common competences and qualities.Currently there is no single curriculum endorsed by the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) to facilitate the provision of health education, which brings about...
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UGANDA- Seven universities research on children issues - Source:The Observer

Seven Ugandan universities have each received a Shs 20 million grant from African Child (AfriChild) to undertake child-focused research.The research results are set to be disseminated later in April this year. Participating institutions include; Makerere University, Kyambogo University, Muni University, Uganda Christian University,...
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ZAMBIA- 3 CBU unions demand Govt to rescind abolishing meal allowances - Source:The Independent Observer

Copperbelt University (CBU) Staff Unions have demanded for the Minister of Higher Education Prof Nkandu Luo to rescind her decision of abolishing meal allowances for students in public universities.The Unions said Prof Luo has abrogated the provisions of the law under section 24 of the education laws and scholarship act of 2016.This...
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ZIMBABWE- Liquid Telecom Unveils Free Wi-Fi To Tertiary Institutions - Source:TechMag

Speaking during a Cabinet briefing yesterday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Monica Mutsvangwa, announced that Liquid Telecom will provide free Wifi to Tertiary institutions by end of this month."Under the eduzones in universities, fifteen universities and six colleges, are to be provided with free...
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ZIMBABWE- UZ Wolves gear up for Egyptian adventure - Source:Daily News

University of Zimbabwe Wolves volleyball club are itching to leave a mark on the continent when they represent southern Africa at the African Men's Club Championship scheduled for Egypt next month.The team will, however, temporarily break camp as the campus opens its doors for tuition next week but will continue to train in...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

BULGARIA- IAEA and Bulgaria's University of National and World Economy Agree to Strengthen Cooperation in Nuclear Security Education - Source:International Atomic Energy Agency

The IAEA and Bulgaria's University of National and World Economy (UNWE) have renewed a cooperation agreement in the field of nuclear security education and human resource development.The Practical Arrangement, signed February 15, 2019, by Raja Adnan, Director of the IAEA Division of Nuclear Security on behalf of Deputy Director...
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CANADA- University of Toronto launches investigation of Southlake Hospital after gender-discrimination allegations - Source:The Globe and Mail

The University of Toronto is launching an investigation into how its medical students were treated at Southlake Hospital in the wake of a Globe and Mail probe that revealed gender-discrimination allegations against the hospital's former emergency department chief.Marko Duic, once hailed as a leader in transforming emergency...
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CHINA- Tsinghua University takes top spot from National University of Singapore in Times Higher Education Asia-Pacific rankings in a first for mainland Chinese institution - Source:South China Morning Post

Tsinghua University in Beijing has unseated the National University of Singapore (NUS) to become the first institution in mainland China to be ranked No 1 in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a study released on Thursday by Times Higher Education.The university, whose famous alumni include President Xi Jinping and retired state...
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GREECE- Greek institutions seek role in 'European university' - Source:ekathimerini.com

The number of students registered for postgraduate programs in Greece increased by more than 25 percent in the 2016-17 academic year, according to Hellenic Statistical Authority figures.The spike is widely attributed to an attempt by students to strengthen their CVs and boost their chances of a good job in Greece - where promising...
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INDIA- UGC to universities: Use recycled paper to promote eco-friendly practices - Source:India Today

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently asked all the higher education institutions to promote use of recycled paper and not to make demand of certain kinds of papers in their tenders.The commission has taken this step to inculcate eco-friendly practices."Higher education institutes are requested to promote procurement...
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INDIA- Varsities asked to submit 10-year plan - Source:Deccan Chronicle

The Higher Education Department has asked the universities in the state to submit a perspective plan for the next 10 years in the realm of research, academics and development. The universities have also been asked to chalk out all future plans according to this perspective plan.In a set of directions issued to the universities...
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INDONESIA- Higher education minister to issue rules on academic integrity - Source:ANTARA News

The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education is set to issue rules regarding academic integrity, the moral code or ethical policy of academia."In the near future, the rules will be issued in the form of ministerial regulations concerning academic integrity. So we will pursue not only the quantity of publications but...
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IRAN- ISA calls on universities to propose plans for cooperation - Source:Tehran Times

The Iranian Space Agency (ISA) has called on universities to propose plans for further cooperation, the ISA director Morteza Barari said, IRNA reported on Monday.The emerging space economy is one of the important issues, which has global impacts and cannot be disregarded, he said.Innovation and entrepreneurship is the second issue,...
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JAMAICA- 'Low gov't subvention' a burden on UTech students, protestors say - Source:Loop News

University of Technology (UTech) students say they are being burdened by a government subvention policy that sees the institution receiving significantly less funds per-capita than its University of the West Indies Mona counterpart.The subvention is a grant that is disbursed by government annually to assist institutions with their...
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MALDIVES- Higher education ministry and Islamic university signs agreement - Source:Raajje Television

The Ministry of Higher Education and the Islamic University of Maldives have signed an agreement in relation to President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's free education scheme for degree students.The scheme offers completely free courses for students who aim to start first degree from February 14 onwards.At a ceremony on Wednesday,...
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TURKEY- Council of Higher Education Cancels Gender Equality Project - Source:Bianet

The Council of Higher Education has canceled the gender equality project that it was conducting in the universities. Council Chair Saraç has said the project "is not suitable with social values".The Council of Higher Education (YOK) has announced that it canceled the "Higher Education Institutions Gender Equality...
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USA- Alabama colleges to report outcomes, earnings for graduates - Source:Advance Local Media LLC

With college costs continuing to rise year over year, it's becoming more important to be a savvy shopper. And pretty soon, that's going to be a lot easier, at least for colleges and universities in Alabama.Senate Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, on Tuesday released a first look at the wide range of measures soon to be made...
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