NATIONAL NEWS

Empathy drove him to develop a used books selling platform, founding the business he named Quillo - Source:Universities South Africa (USAf)

Tamir Shklaz (22) is a fourth-year electrical and computer engineering student at the University of Cape Town (UCT). Like many students, he has had to contend with the burden of expensive textbooks, especially because when he arrived at UCT, second-hand alternatives were hard to come by. Seeing this gap in the book market, Shklaz...
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MPs question exorbitant salaries of university vice-chancellors, senior execs - Source:The Citizen

A call for an inquiry into the exorbitant salaries of university vice-chancellors (VCs) and varsity senior executives has been made when the remuneration of varsity executives came under scrutiny in parliament on Wednesday.The Portfolio Committee on Higher Education, Science and Technology expressed concern about the salaries and...
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VUT vice-chancellor retires early - Source:Mail & Guardian Online

The Vaal University of Technology (VUT) vice-chancellor, Professor Gordon Zide, has retired from the troubled university, leaving behind 15 000 students. Zide was appointed in May 2017 but left in July after serving two of the five years on his contract at VUT.The Mail & Guardian has seen his retirement letter, sent in an email...
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UCT says it's seen a decline in campus crime over the last two months - Source:IOL

UCT, plagued by crime on its campuses, partnered with police and the Groote Schuur Community Improvement District (GSCID), and has seen a drastic reduction in certain crimes over the past two months.UCT vice-chancellor Mamokgethi Phakeng said the safety of the university's students and staff remained one of the its key...
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UKZN deploys new telescope dish designs at Sarao - Source:Engineering News

The University of KwaZulu-Natal's (UKZN's) Hydrogen and Real-time Analysis Experiment (Hirax) has deployed two new prototype telescope dish designs at the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (Sarao), in Hartebeeshoek, Gauteng.The first dish, made from fibreglass, was designed and manufactured by MMS Technology, in...
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UKZN students assault male student caught in female res - Source:IOL

ANGRY University of KwaZulu-Natal students assaulted a male student after he allegedly forced his way into a females-only residence on Monday at the Westville campus.This was one of numerous issues higher institutions have recently faced with students protesting for better security at their campus residences.UKZN spokesperson Ashton...
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New medical school to open in 2021 - Source:Mail & Guardian Online

When I am standing in one of our medical school lecture halls at Nelson Mandela University's Missionvale campus, I almost don't believe that we have come this far. People have been waiting for a medical school in Port Elizabeth since 1946. It's a giant boost for public health and the local economy.Launching a fully...
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TUT men show support in the fight against gender-based violence - Source:Rekord North

Male staff members and students from the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) marched to their nearest police stations on Tuesday to show their support for the fight against the on-going gender-based violence.All TUT campuses from Gauteng to Limpopo participated in the institution-wide Male Led March, which was initiated by the...
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From Cape Flats to Norway: Manenberg academic's A-grade journey is rooted in Kaaps - Source:News24

A proud child of the Cape Flats' interest in the language spoken in the streets he calls home has opened him up to a world of opportunities.Cohen Charles' academic journey is rooted in Kaaps, a language commonly spoken in coloured households across Cape Town.His thesis on the dialect has seen him obtain his linguistics...
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MEC Jacob Mamabolo On Technology Improving Road Safety in Gauteng - Source:Government of South Africa

It is important that government invests in new technologies and innovative solutions that will save lives on our roads and place Gauteng province on a positive growth trajectory.This is according to Gauteng MEC for Public Transport and Roads Infrastructure Jacob Mamabolo who addressed delegates at the 3rd Technology and Innovation...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

Black law practitioners have more potential in this age - Deputy Judge President - Source:UL

Deputy Judge President of the North Gauteng Division of the High Court Aubrey Ledwaba says unlike being discriminated against in the past, the current generation of black law students have various prospects to succeed in the legal fraternity.Delivering a special lecture to second-year Law of Insurance students at the University of...
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Council Update - Oct 2019 - Source:UKZN

The Vice-Chancellor's staff engagement roadshows during which he engaged with staff about their views and experiences about the state of affairs at the university. Edgewood, Pietermaritzburg, Howard and Medical School campuses have been visited thus far. Westville Campus is to be visited later in October.Public lecture on...
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Durban University of Technology (DUT) welcomes new executive dean of the faculty of engineering and the built environment - Source:DUT

Meet the recently appointed Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the Durban University of Technology (DUT), Professor Bhekisipho Twala, who is a dynamic and artificial intelligence (AI) expert, and whose outstanding record is evidence to his illustrious passion for teaching and learning.For Prof...
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Flag hoisting a highlight for Mandela University Pride celebrations - Source:NMU

An inclusive and safe environment devoid of any forms of discrimination, as well as an extensive teaching and learning programme to advance students, staff and other stakeholders' knowledge about LGBTQIA++ has been the underpinning objective of Nelson Mandela University's Pride celebrations this week.Having started the...
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Former Minister of Health receives honorary doctorate from TUT - Source:TUT

A former South African Minister of Health, Sponono Francinah Baloyi, has just received an Honorary Doctorate (Honoris Causa), during the Tshwane University of Technology's annual Spring Graduations in recognition of the enormous role she played in improving and bringing public health to rural areas. The revered and celebrated...
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Guardian Bus Service for all UP students - Source:UP

Done studying for that exam and need to catch a ride home after hours? Then the University of Pretoria's new Guardian Bus Service is just what you need.The purpose of the service is to get students who study on campus after hours during the examination periods back to their accommodation in Hatfield and Sunnyside/Arcadia to...
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Mandela Uni graduate to represent SA at New York talent contest - Source:NMU

BA Media, Communication and Culture graduate and PR/Marketing Intern in the Faculty of Education, Sinolwazi April recently took part in the International ARTS Talent Showcase and has been selected to represent South Africa at the International Modelling and Talent Association (IMTA) in New York next year.The International ARTS...
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Medicines for Africans by Africans - Source:UCT

Africa accounts for 15% of the global population and 25% of the global disease burden, yet the discovery and development of medicines that end up in Africa has historically only happened in the global north. It is time for the situation to change, says Professor Kelly Chibale, director and founder of the University of Cape...
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New IT school already at home in 4IR - Source:UCT

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is not coming, it is already here, and the University of Cape Town's (UCT) new School of Information Technology (IT) is already well positioned to prepare students, says its director Professor Ulrike Rivett.Rivett was speaking this week at the official launch of the school, which opened...
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Nobel laureate and awarded Cameroonian journalist to address Global Investigative Journalism meeting - Source:WITS

Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz and award winning Cameroonian journalist, Mimi Mefo will be among 70 lauded thought-leaders from around the world who will speak at the 15th African Investigative Journalism Conference hosted by Wits Journalism from 28-30 October 2019.Mefo will deliver the Carlos Cardoso Memorial...
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PPS , Rise Against Hunger feed UL needy students - Source:UL

After realising that most of the students who enrolled at the University of Limpopo (UL) are from poor backgrounds, the Professionals Provident Society (PPS) and Rise Against Hunger have donated R292 800.00 and 30 000 meal packs respectively to needy students at the university.Programme Manager at PPS, Subashni Gounder, says...
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PhD in Setswana: a first for NWU's campus in Mahikeng - Source:NWU

The North-West University's (NWU's) campus in Mahikeng conferred the first ever Setswana PhD in the history of the Department of Setswana, since its establishment about 39 years ago.A Doctor of Philosophy in Languages and Literature in Setswana was conferred on Eileen Elizabeth Pooe, an educator, lecturer and head of the...
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Pretoria and Abuja, Africa depends on you, writes UJ's Dr David Monyae - Source:UJ

Dr David Monyae, the Co-Director of the University Of Johannesburg (UJ) Confucius Institute (UJCI), penned an opinion piece entitled published on IOL News, 09 October 2019.Finally, Pretoria and Abuja have renewed their diplomatic relations with the much-anticipated State visit by President Muhammadu Buhari to South Africa. This...
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Primary healthcare access still a challenge in informal settlements - Source:UP

Accessing healthcare is often a struggle for most residents of informal settlements for various reasons, including distance and lack of services.UP's Community-Oriented Primary Care programme, in collaboration with Rotary, the Faculty of Health Sciences and other stakeholders, recently participated in a three-day health drive...
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Prof Sibiya shows resilience is the key to success - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology's (DUT) Executive Dean at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Nokuthula Sibiya was crowned the 2019 KwaZulu-Natal Forum for Professional Nurse Leaders (FPNL) Award winner for her contributions in the field of nursing leadership, at the KwaZulu-Natal Legacy Quarterly Workshop, held on...
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Property mogul honoured at NWU graduation - Source:NWU

The North-West University (NWU) conferred an honorary doctorate on Mr Keith Bothongo during its annual Spring Graduation ceremony held at its campus in Mahikeng on Thursday, 17 October 2019.The two-day graduations signalled the end of a long, yet exciting journey for the more than 246 graduates who received their degrees and...
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Renewable energy from Unisa project will save school many thousands of rands - Source:UNISA

With 1 600 cooked meals served to learners twice every day, Elethuthemba Combined School in Johannesburg South spends a staggering R70 000 a year on liquid petroleum gas (LPG) just for cooking. From 2020, that money will no longer go up in smoke. Instead, it will be spent on desperately needed learning resources and school...
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Research explores student mental health - Source:SUN

The university years are a critical time period when students experience the challenging transition into adulthood. Although student years are characterized by positive experiences and personal growth, it is also a peak period for the onset of many common mental disorders, including mood, anxiety, and substance use disorders.The...
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Research networks can help BRICS countries combat invasive species - Source:SUN

BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) should establish more networks of researchers dedicated to invasion science if they wish to curb the spread of invasive species within and outside of their borders.This is one of the major recommendations of an international study published in the Journal PLoS Biology...
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TUT honours three exemplary South Africans  - Source:TUT

Honouring our heroes and recognising the life-long contributions of individuals, culminated the Tshwane University of Technology bestowing honorary doctorates (honoris causa) on three exemplary South Africans, Francinah Sponono Baloyi, Xolani Nicholus Funda and Ismail Mahomed.They received these accolades during the annual spring...
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UNIVEN Sport and Recreation Unit hosts the first ever Amateur Boxing Tournament - Source:UNIVEN

The University of Venda (UNIVEN) Sport and Recreation Unit under the Student Affairs Department successfully organized the first ever Amateur Boxing Tournament in the history of the University on 12 October 2019. The tournament took place in the University Sport Hall.The tournament was graced by participation of eight (08) local and...
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UWC's Professor Pamela Dube appointed to GBV Ministerial Task Team - Source:UWC

The University of the Western Cape (UWC) is proud to announce the appointment of Professor Pamela Dube - Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Development and Support - to the Department of Higher Education and Training Ministerial Task Team.The task team will advise Minister Dr Blade Nzimande and his department on matters relating to...
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UWC's Sport Director gets USSA top post - Source:UWC

UWC Director of Sport Administration, Mandla Gagayi, has been elected as the first vice-president of University Sport South Africa (USSA).USSA seeks to develop and promote sport among students in South Africa.Gagayi, who has served in USSA structures in different capacities since 2005, will hold his position in the new nine-member...
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Unisa's School of Computing ranked 5th for research output out of 23 local universities - Source:UNISA

The University of South Africa (Unisa) is immensely proud of its School of Computing for being ranked in fifth position among 23 universities in terms of its research output. In an article written by Stellenbosch University researcher Douglas A Parry and published in the South African Computer Journal (July 2019), Unisa was ranked...
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Wits wins widely - Source:WITS

Wits academics - both established and emerging - have won widely over the past month, in fields as diverse as philosophy, entomology, pharmacy, and engineering.Philosophy professor and Kant scholar, Lucy Allais and entomologist and malaria expert, Professor Maureen Coetzee received A-ratings from the National Research Foundation...
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REGIONAL NEWS

ANGOLA- State Secretary Domingos Neto Defends Human Resources Investments - Source:Angola Press - ANGOP

The Angolan secretary of State for University Education, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESCTI), Domingos da Silva Neto, said last Thursday in the centre-west Benguela Province in average 13% of the manpower in the country?s companies are workers graduated from universities, and the rest are high school graduates or with a...
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EGYPT- Egypt dismisses 1,070 teachers in extremism fight - Source:Al-Monitor

Egypt has announced the dismissal of 1,070 teachers for belonging to the terrorist-labeled Muslim Brotherhood after they were convicted in court, with some even sentenced to death. The announcement came as part of a government crackdown on extremist ideology and terrorism.At an Oct. 7 press conference at the general office of...
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GHANA- Ghana Chamber of Mines allocates US$442,000 to tertiary educational fund - Source:GhanaWeb

The Ghana Chambers of Mines says it has allocated an annual contribution of USD$442,000 to the newly launched Tertiary Educational Fund for five years.It said the move is aimed at keeping the country's mining industry on an increasing course with a regular stream of highly qualified astute professionals.According to the...
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KENYA- Report unveils varsities five-year reforms plan - Source:The Standard Group

A Ministry of Education report has proposed expansion of existing infrastructure in universities to increase enrolment.The report deviates from the initial strategy fronted by Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha (pictured) to shut down or merge some of the non-viable public universities.Under the new plan aimed at increasing...
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LIBERIA- UL pleads with faculty - Source:The New Dawn Liberia

The Administration of the University of Liberia (UL) says it acknowledges the decision taken by the University of Liberia Faculty Association (ULFA) to disengage its services due to salary delay.In a press release issued Thursday, 17 October, the UL Administration adds that this decision taken by ULFA does have the propensity to...
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NAMIBIA- Local researchers in Germany to foster dialogue on colonial collections - Source:Namibia Economist

Local experts and researchers are in Germany for a week long visit in the cities of Berlin, Leipzig and Stuttgart.The aim of the visit is to foster dialogue between German and Namibian museum experts on the handling of colonial collections, modern exhibition and display methods, interdisciplinary provenance research as well as...
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NIGERIA- Varsities, other tertiary institutions urged to reduce dependence on govt allocation - Source:WorldStage

A don, Prof. Adebisi Balogun, on Thursday, urged universities and other tertiary institutions in the country to deploy workable strategies to improve their financial status rather than depending on allocations from government.Balogun, a former Vice-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology (FUTA), Akure, said this at a public...
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UGANDA- Court gives Makerere University more time - Source:New Vision

High Court judge Lydia Mugambe has given Makerere University up to October 25 to file documents entailing Stella Nyanzi's employment terms, lest delivers its ruling basing on the evidence earlier submitted.On Wednesday, the court was scheduled to deliver its ruling in the matter but the judge deferred it to November 8 to enable...
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UNESCO and China sign agreement to support higher technical education in Africa - Source:Mirage News

UNESCO Director-General Ms Audrey Azoulay and H.E. Mr Tian Xuejun, Vice-Minister of Education of the People's Republic of China signed an agreement on 16 October 2019 to establish a US$ eight million China funds-in-trust (CFIT) to support the development of higher technical education in Africa over four years.The agreement...
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ZIMBABWE- New funding for Zimbabwe micronutrient research - Source:Mirage News

The University of Nottingham is carrying out new research into mineral micronutrient deficiencies (MMNDs), with partners in Zimbabwe, after receiving a share of £14.8M from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).This Global Challenge Research Fund (GCRF) Research Translation Award, Translating GeoNutrition, is seeking to support...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

AUSTRALIA- 'People need to calm down': Universities defend the ATAR - Source:The Sydney Morning Herald

University vice-chancellors have defended the Australian Tertiary Admission Rank, saying it might not be the best indicator of potential, but it is the most efficient way of ensuring student success.Research on behalf of the universities also found rank was a strong predictor of success, as students with a higher ATAR were more...
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BANGLADESH- One man holds 2 vital posts in 2 universities - Source:The Daily Star

A university professor has managed to hold multiple important administrative posts simultaneously at universities situated in different districts for over one and a half years now.Prof Dr Md Mostafizer Rahman has been appointed both as the chairman of Department of Microbiology at Hajee Mohammad Danesh Science and Technology...
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BANGLADESH- PM to UGC: Follow rules strictly in overseeing public-private universities - Source:Dhaka Tribune

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has asked the University Grants Commission (UGC) authorities to strictly follow concerned rules in overseeing the public and private universities in the country."Do not go beyond the law and follow the rules strictly in overseeing the public and private universities in the country," she said when a UGC...
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GREECE- Transatlantic bridge for Greek universities - Source:ekathimerini.com

The Education Ministry is setting up a transatlantic bridge for Greek universities. The ministry wants to see student exchanges between Greek and US institutions, attract foreign students to English-language programs and promote agreements between universities for joint programs.Plans were discussed between Education Minister Niki...
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INDIA- Higher Education dept allows 4 univs to hold students' elections - Source:Millennium post

The state Higher Education department has allowed four universities to hold elections to the students' union or council as deemed fit. A notification in this regard was issued by the Higher Education department on Thursday. The universities are Jadavpur University, Presidency University, Rabindra Bharati University and Diamond...
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INDIA- Mobile phones use banned in UP universities, colleges - Source:DNA India

Use of mobile phones in universities, colleges in Uttar Pradesh has been banned by the state's Directorate of Higher Education.This move by the Directorate of Higher Education is aimed at preventing students from getting distracted from their studies.In a new circular issued by Directorate of Higher Education in Uttar Pradesh,...
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IRELAND- Funding announced for creation and expansion of technological universities - Source:RTE.ie

The Department of Education has announced the allocation of funding aimed primarily at the creation and expansion of technological universities here.TU Dublin, which comprises the former Dublin, Blanchardstown and Tallaght Institutes of Technology, has received €3.8m from the almost €15m fund, a portion of which also...
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PAKISTAN- Higher Education Commission Takes Notice Of Harassment, Security Issues At Universities - Source:UrduPoint Network

The Higher education Commission (HEC) has taken serious notice of rising incidents of harassment, violation of privacy, intolerance and lack of basic amenities in universities across the country.Particularly, HEC also taken notice of the recent allegations of breach of privacy and harassment in the University of Balochistan.The...
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QATAR- UniExpo brings over 100 universities - Source:The Peninsula Qatar

Bringing everything about undergraduate and graduate studies in one place, University Expo (UniExpo) 2019 Qatar kicked off yesterday at the Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.The two-day event has brought together over 100 local and international higher education institutions from 15 countries and enables students, parents and...
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SAUDI ARABIA- Universities partner to fund cancer research - Source:LaingBuisson

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) have signed an memorandum of understating (MoU) to work together and fund cancer research.The two universities are also partnering in other areas including energy harvesting and storage, solar technology, renewable energy and desert...
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USA- Student tracking, secret scores: How college admissions offices rank prospects before they apply - Source:The Washington Post

To learn more about prospective students, admissions officers at the University of Wisconsin-Stout turned to a little-known but increasingly common practice: They installed tracking software on their school website.When one student visited the site last year, the software automatically recognized who she was based on a piece of...
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