NATIONAL NEWS

Young person, look in the mirror, not outside your window for work - Source:Universities South Africa (USAf)

If young people in South Africa could look in the mirror more deeply, many would see money-making and employment creating opportunities that are staring them in the face right now. Regrettably, they do not notice those opportunities because they are wired to get a "job," even if that ends up being in the retail market of long hours...
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Grim picture of transformation at SA universities - Source:City Press

Defaulting university vice-chancellors face possible court action if they fail to comply with requests for employment demographics at their universities.This follows the release of the latest Commission for Gender Equality data on transformation at universities.Reginald Legoabe, board chairperson of advocacy group the Higher...
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Harvard students in KZN for unique HIV cure research internship - Source:News24

EIGHT students from one of the USA's top tertiary institutions, Harvard University, have arrived in KwaZulu-Natal for an intensive internship programme to learn about important HIV prevention and cure research under way in the South Africa.The five women and three men arrived in the province earlier this month, where they will...
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Nelson Mandela University honours top students - Source:Herald Live

From alien ferns and street art to serial killer Ted Bundy and nanoscience targeting breast cancer cells, Nelson Mandela University's top performing students had a vast array of research topics for their awardwinning studies.The hard work and academic excellence of 24 undergraduate and postgraduate students were recognised at...
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Professor Nana Poku permanently appointed UKZN VC - Source:East Coast Radio

UKZN says Poku was appointed unanimously by the Council and the University's senior appointments committee.He's been at the helm - in an acting capacity since October last year.Prior to this, he served as the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the College of Law and Management Studies at the university.Poku has over 20 years of...
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Three honorary doctorates conferred - Source:News24

The University of the Free State (UFS) will confer three honorary doctorates to three esteemed figures in South Africa.These are Jerry Mofokeng wa Makhetha, Justice Mahube Molemela and Dr. Bernie Fanaroff.Their recognition will form part of the UFS's winter graduation ceremony to be held in the Callie Human Centre on Thursday...
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UCT's Phonathon allows alumni to help combat student hunger - Source:IOL

UCT'S annual Phonathon is under way until July 13. This year's focus is to raise funds for UCT's Food Programme.In its sixth year, the programme gives an opportunity for alumni to pledge financial support for their alma mater through a donation.During the phonathon period, students and volunteers phone the...
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University of Pretoria ranks among world's elite - Source:IOL

The University of Pretoria (UP) has put the city on the world map after being ranked among the best performing world's elite universities.UP has moved up by roughly 19 places into 551-560 from the 561-570 band in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) World University Rankings 2020.UP stands at fifth position in the country. No...
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Warning over sales of fake matric certificates - Source:IOL

The Department of Basic Education has warned the public not to purchase fake matric certificates from people selling them on social media.This comes after a woman advertised fake certificates for R5000 each on Facebook.She said the certificates included matric certificates, Unisa certificates and UCT certificates.The woman also...
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French and South African partners collaborate to support South African animation industry - Source:Screen Africa

South African startup innovation hub, the Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) strengthened their ties with international partners by signing official partnership agreements at the recent 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival. The agreements are with Paris-based...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

"Fern lady" wins three awards - Source:NMU

PhD in Nature Conservation student, Emily Jones is known as "the fern lady" and her research focuses on invasion biology; and particularly, alien ferns, their ecology and distribution globally.Emily, who obtained 89% for her master's in Nature Conservation, was the winner of three top awards at the Nelson Mandela University...
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Academic on the Move - Professor Desan Iyer - Source:UNIZULU

The University is on a growth trajectory which is evidenced by the distinct high calibre of both the academic and support staff recognition in various audiences locally and abroad. Professor Desan is an Associate Professor in the Law Department and the Deputy Dean, Teaching and Learning, in the Faculty of Commerce, Administration...
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Conference urges historians to rethink perspectives on Southern African histories - Source:RHODES

Addressing over 200 historians, artists, archivists, curators and scholars at the 27th biennial South African Historical Society (SAHS) conference, keynote speaker Professor Francis Nyamnjoh from the University of Cape Town challenged the audience to embrace their incompleteness as scholars and to borrow from one another on their...
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Crazy Socks4Docs Campaign - Source:UKZN

UKZN Medical students supported the #CrazySocks4Docs (CS4D) campaign to show solidarity for all medical professionals and students living with depression and other mental challenges.As part of the campaign, Falke, the Ithemba Foundation and Cipla donated 12 000 pairs of high quality, highly visible socks to medical professionals and...
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Harvard Sings Yini Socialism - Source:UWC

Thursday evening saw the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum jive their way onto the altar at St John's Anglican Church in Bellville with a chorus in Xhosa.Pieces ranged from Mandela, Sotho hymns, American requiems, Corsican, Bulgarian and Eighteenth-Century Compositions as well as, Georgian warrior ballads.The diverse academic...
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More Staff members get insights on what community engagement scholarship is all about - Source:UNIVEN

On 12 and 13 June 2019, Community Engagement Directorate hosted a workshop to make University of Venda (Univen) staff aware and understand the relevance to practice and to work with communities. This workshop took place at Porche Villa Hotel, Muledane.The workshop facilitator, Ms Cuzette du Plessis from University of Limpopo,...
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New Arts Faculty Dean Appointed - Source:UNIZULU

Professor Mogomme A. Masoga, has earned his academic qualifications at various institutions in South Africa and is also a C2 rated researcher according to the National Research Foundation. He commenced his duties as Dean of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Zululand on 1 June 2019. He comes with breadth and depth of...
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PechaKucha 'chitchat' format illustrates School of Arts research - Source:WITS

The Wits School of Arts (WSOA) inaugural Postgraduate Research Day was a confluence of arts research and creativity.The Research Day, hosted by the Arts Research Africa (ARA) project in WSOA, showcased the research of master's and PhD students in the School. Twenty-six students delivered presentations at the Research Day on 4...
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SPU takes 2nd place in national competition - Source:SPU

For the second time in a row, SPU's Dumela team has taken second prize in a national hackathon competition with a score of 82% from the judges.Dumela was one of the three teams from Kimberley which competed against 12 other teams from across the country in the Security Summit 2019 Hackathon (SS19Hack) which took place in...
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SU Law Clinic broadens access to justice for indigent South Africans - Source:SUN

Legal services in South Africa are very expensive and this often deprives indigent people of access to justice. Although Legal Aid South Africa is mandated to provide legal services to people within a specific income group, budget cuts in recent years have put a big strain on the availability of this service."The majority of South...
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Staff members become health and wellness ambassadors and are ready to educate fellow colleagues - Source:UNIVEN

Wellness is an active process of becoming aware and making choices towards a healthy and fulfilling life. There are however many health-related risks that most people might not be aware of. To embrace employee wellness, the University of Venda (Univen) held an Employee Health and Wellness Champion Development workshop. The workshop...
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UCT entrepreneurs in regional competition - Source:UCT

Nearly a dozen University of Cape Town (UCT) students with big ideas for their own businesses will proceed to the second, regional leg of the Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition after wowing the judges with their futuristic business concepts.The second stage of the competition, which follows the initial internal round, will...
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UKZN Opens Historic Buildings Named after Struggle Icons - Source:UKZN

The University of KwaZulu-Natal's School of Education recently opened three of their new buildings on the Edgewood campus in Pinetown. The state of the art facilities are proudly named after renowned struggle icons and educators Ellen Kuzwayo, Phyllis Naidoo and Dulcie September. The new facility, which is now complete, boasts...
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UP scientists warn southern Africa will lose much of its desert bird life in coming decades - Source:UP

Scientists at the University of Pretoria (UP) and National Zoological Gardens of South Africa (NZG) predict that the arid western parts of southern Africa will lose much of its bird life by the end of the century as a result of climate change."Global warming poses a massive threat to arid-zone birds, with rising temperatures...
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Unisa Chancellor presides over his first regional graduation - Source:UNISA

Unisa Chancellor Thabo Mbeki made a huge impact on and caused excitement among graduates and guests attending graduation ceremonies on 22 June 2019 in Durban.History was made when, for the first time in the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Region, the Chancellor, accompanied by the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya, presided...
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Women pulling up other women - Source:UNISA

Last week on Channel Africa's Womanity (Women in Unity), Dr Amaleya Goneos-Malka spoke to Prof Philna Coetzee, Deputy Executive Dean of the College of Accounting Sciences at Unisa. This college is responsible for enrolling 40% of all accounting students in South Africa, and over 50% of its graduates are women.In the interview,...
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Xcel students prove to be innovative - Source:NWU

The 2019 group of Xcel students are not only improving their Grade 12 Mathematics and Physical Sciences results, but are also gaining experience in the skill of problem-solving.The North-West University's (NWU's) Xcel programme aims to prepare students for university studies, especially students aiming to study...
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REGIONAL NEWS

GHANA- Zongo chief takes on UEW Vice Chancellor over discord at university - Source:MyJoyOnline.com

Chief of Effutu Zongo in the Central Region, has written a strongly-worded letter to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), Prof Anthony Afful-Broni.Salaki Sulemana Salaga IV has alleged, among other things, that Prof Afful-Broni was behind the confusion at the university.The letter to the UEW Vice...
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KENYA- JKUAT Students Win Ksh10M in Global Contest - Source:Kenyans.co.ke

Two Kenyan teams from the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT) have won Ksh10 million in the annual Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge.The teams, Kenya's Solar Freeze and Illuminum Greenhouses, took the first runners up and second runners up positions winning Ksh7.5 million and Ksh2.5 million...
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KENYA- MTSU, Moi University in Kenya sign aerospace pact as global need for pilots grows - Source:Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

As the global demand for professional pilots continues to grow, Middle Tennessee State University has reached a five-year agreement with Moi University of Kenya.MTSU President Sidney A. McPhee and Isaac Kosgey, Moi's chief executive officer, signed the pact Monday, a move that will allow each university's aerospace faculty...
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LIBERIA- 'Invest in Teachers' Education'- UL Teachers College Dean Government - Source:FrontPageAfrica

The Dean of the William V.S. Tubman Teachers College at the University of Liberia Dr. Cecelia Cassel is calling on the government of Liberia to prioritize teachers' education in the country.Speaking over the weekend at the college's senior student's induction ceremony on the Fendall campus, Dr. Cassel said investing...
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MOROCCO- Higher Institute of Maritime Studies signs a MOU with a Swedish university - Source:Yabiladi.com

Malmo-based War Maritime University (WMU) signed on June 14 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Morocco's Higher Institute of Maritime Studies (ISEM) to collaborate on maritime training and capacity building for the international and Moroccan maritime community, the Swedish university announced on its website this week.The...
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NIGERIA- Universities Urged To Expose Students To International Workshops, Collaborations - Source:Tribune Online

Universities have been told to expose their students to foreign and local collaborations and workshops to enable them to learn first hand from experts.The Vice-Chancellor, Kwara State University (KWASU), Malete, Professor AbdulRasheed Na'Allah, said at a workshop organised by the Carnegie African Diaspora Programme in...
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RWANDA- Carnegie Mellon Students Meet President of Rwanda to Discuss the Power of Education - Source:Al Bawaba

Students from three of Carnegie Mellon University's global campuses, including CMU in Qatar, met with the president of the Republic of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, to discuss their passion for education and technology. The students were participating in Project Rwanda, a community service initiative that brings together CMU students...
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ZAMBIA- CTPD Pleads for Reopening of CBU - Source:Zambia Reports

The Centre for Trade Policy and Development (CTPD) has appealed to government to reopen the Copperbelt University which has been closed for almost three months now.CTPD executive director Isaac Mwaipopo called on President Edgar Lungu to urgently consider reopening the CBU without any further delays."As the Centre, we are...
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ZIMBABWE- GZU strives to be leading centre of journalism training in Zim - Source:The Herald

Great Zimbabwe University's (GZU) profile continues to scale new heights with the institution close to concluding a historic agreement with the country's state broadcaster ZBC to connect the university's campus radio station live on its channels.The landmark deal is part of GZU's efforts to position itself as a...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

AUSTRALIA- Melbourne, Monash and Deakin universities to cooperate on rural nursing and allied health training - Source:Bendigo Advertiser

Metropolitan universities who offer nursing and allied health training in regional areas are coming together to form a coalition to help improve the outcomes for students and push regional health research.The Departments of Rural Health at Melbourne, Monash and Deakin universities have formed a partnership that enables them to share...
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CAMBODIA- Cambodia workforce gets $60mln skills boost - Source:AEC News Today

Cambodia's attempts to transition its economy from a low-skilled, labour-intensive growth model to a skills-driven one are set to receive a boost following the approval of a $60 million loan by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).The loan will see the facilities and equipment of five technical training institutes (TTIs) around the...
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INDIA- 7th Pay Commission: Rajasthan govt approves new pay scale for staff of 6 universities - Source:LiveMint

Teachers, head librarians and physical education directors of five agricultural varsities and a veterinary science university in Rajasthan will now get a pay scale in line with the Seventh Pay Commission guidelines, an official statement said Monday.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Monday approved the proposal for the new pay scale,...
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INDIA- PhD dissertations fail plagiarism test in Osmania University - Source:The Times of India

A year after the Osmania University (OU) made plagiarism check mandatory for PhD thesis, the varsity observed an average 30-40% similarity index in every thesis submitted by research scholars.Annually, the OU awards nearly 400 PhD degrees. Until last year, the OU did not have any checks in place to verify the authenticity of the...
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KUWAIT- Coeducation ban canceled in new public universities law? - Source:Kuwait Times

The National Assembly approved on Monday a bill on public universities' establishment to help development of education and educational institutions, and encourage them to excel and reduce difficulties in all respects. Meanwhile, several reports came out yesterday suggesting that the new law canceled article 41 of the public...
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PAKISTAN- 'Deduction in higher education fund not a good sign for varsities' - Source:Business Recorder

The recent deduction in the higher education fund would not have a good impact on the varsities as they would face many administration-related problems in coming days.The public sector universities depends upon the grants release by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan but as the funds have been reduced by the federal...
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UK- Universities recognised for excellence in cyber security - Source:IT PRO

Two UK universities have been added to the government's Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research list, taking its total number up to 19.Northumbria University and De Montfort University, the first to be recognised from the Midlands, have been cited by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the...
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