NATIONAL NEWS

From till packer to Dr Hadebe: Maties graduate keeps his promise to gran - Source:News24

Xolani Hadebe, 27, always dreamed of being a doctor, but the initial prognosis wasn't very positive - he received rejection letters from all the medical schools in the country and he did not have money for studies.He and his siblings were raised by single mom Letta Elizabeth in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, and he managed to obtain...
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Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane opens Science Forum 2018 - Source:IOL

Minister of Science and Technology, Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, called upon delegates to do more to accelerate the accumulation, use and diffusion of scientific knowledge and its application in technological innovations capable of reshaping our world for the better.She also called for investment in research and development in South...
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Mixed reaction to CPUT guards' scuffle with 'unvetted' lensmen - Source:IOL

The Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) says the two people identified as photographers involved in a scuffle with security guards were warned to stop taking pictures before the incident.In a video doing the rounds on social media, members of CPUT security are seen scuffling with two men, believed to be freelance...
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NW Premier's office invites bursaries application for 2019 academic year - Source:Devdiscourse

The North West Office of the Premier is inviting qualifying learners, students and unemployed youth to apply for a bursary to study on a full-time basis at any tertiary institution in the country."The Provincial Bursary and Skills Development Fund targets Grade 12 learners, those who have already passed Grade 12 and those already at...
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Nelson Mandela University 2018 summer graduation kicks off - Source:RNEWS

Nearly 2 000 Nelson Mandela University graduants are set to be conferred their under- and postgraduate qualifications at the institution's six summer graduation sessions this week.These include more than 30 doctoral degrees and an honorary doctorate to be awarded to Dr Judy Dlamini - a medical doctor, MBA, Doctor of Business...
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New skills programme to be launched in Thabo Mofutsanyana  - Source:OFM

Deputy Minister of the Higher Education Department, Buti Manamela, will launch a project that aims to benefit over 3000 learners in the eastern Free State.This is according to Departmental media liaison officer, William Sono, who said that Manamela will take to Phuthaditjaba tomorrow to launch the Thabo Mofutsanyana District...
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Science storytelling in the spotlight ahead of Science Forum SA - Source:South African Government News Agency

The art of storytelling - telling a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) story in a manner that ordinary citizens will understand - came to the fore on Tuesday when journalists from across Africa discussed science journalism in the fourth industrial revolution.And it was the innovative storytelling of two...
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Scientists discover how immune systems remember, retreat pathogens - Source:Engineering News

A study published in Nature Genetics earlier this month has detailed, for the first time, the mechanism that allows the immune system to remember prior exposures to, for example, pathogens (micro-organisms causing infection), and then trigger the right response to reinfection.The study was conducted by scientists from the University...
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Tales of tenacity at Stellenbosch graduation, bitter-sweet Master's - Source:IOL

Xolani Hadebe, from Piet Retief in Mpumalanga, faced numerous hardships before obtaining a degree in medicine from Stellenbosch University after graduating yesterday.From being a till packer, he received rejection letters from various medical schools in the country, but never gave up.Hadebe said he had his heart set on becoming a...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

'Razor-sharp intellect, exceptional humility' - Source:UCT

University of Cape Town (UCT) alumnus and a founding trustee of the UCT Trust, Nobel Prize winner Sir Aaron Klug, is remembered for his "razor-sharp intellect", yet "exceptional humility".Paying tribute to the former student and lecturer, who died on 20 November, aged 92, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine...
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CHERTL launches pilot short course - Source:RHODES

This year saw the launch of an innovative tutor development short course by the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University.A group of 20 tutors from third-year to Masters Level and from the faculties of Humanities, Science and Law participated. The course involved regular interactive...
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CTL hosts Excellence in Teaching and Learning Awards - Source:UFS

The Centre for Teaching and Learning (CTL) on the Qwaqwa Campus recently presented deserving academics with awards in recognition of their innovative teaching and learning practices."These annual awards are aimed at encouraging our academics to put extra effort in their different disciplines, as well as making valued contribution...
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Communication and Marketing builds on its achievements - Source:UFS

The Department of Communication and Marketing won seven awards during the 2018 Excellence Awards presented by the National Association of Marketing, Advancement, and Communication in Education (MACE), which took place in Cape Town on 29 November 2018. It is the third consecutive year the department has brought home seven and more...
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DataFirst rescues historical apartheid-era datasets - Source:UCT

Two valuable historical datasets have been rescued thanks to a partnership between the University of Cape Town's (UCT) DataFirst research data service, the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU) and Rhodes Library at Rhodes University (RU), UCT Libraries, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).The two datasets - the...
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Education Experts from Iowa State Contribute to Professional Development - Source:UKZN

The Improved Masters in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) programme in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) recently hosted Dr Judith Levings and Iowa State University's (ISU) Dr Greg Miller. Levings, a Professional Learning Community (PLC) specialist and Miller, who is from the Department...
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Ending the year on a high note - Source:UNISA

The annual Unisa Music Foundation orchestral Christmas Concert recently took place in the ZK Matthews Great Hall. The event ended the 2018 Unisa Music Foundation Concert Series.The 80-piece Unisa Music Foundation Youth Orchestra was conducted by Tsholofelo Sithole. The orchestra consists of young learners from Temba, Mamelodi,...
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Fine-tuning studying to work for you - Source:CPUT

Growing up in Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape Sinamandla Maqina was that child who would take apart the radio. He wanted to know where the voices were coming from, but would always end up with pieces of unidentifiable equipment strewn on the floor."Unfortunately, I cost my parents a few of those," he remembers with a wry grin.Today...
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Gerbrandt Kotze's life and studies continued after his passing - Source:SUN

Matie postgraduate student, Gerbrandt Kotze (26) from Paarl, did not allow cancer to interfere with his Master's studies in science, or to make him feel despair, be depressed or fearful.He persevered with his studies, never complaining or letting his illness define his life. Gerbrandt's mother, Ms Amanda Kotzé, says...
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Giving hope where there was none - Source:VUT

The Vaal University of Technology (VUT), in partnership with French South African Schneider Electric Education Centre (F'SASEC), held the class of 2018 "Ubuntu Class" graduation ceremony at VUT Southern Gauteng Science and Technology Park on 5 December.Programme director for the day was Mr Moeketsi Montshitsi: Public Relations...
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Graduation produces biggest group of doctors, most distinctions - Source:SUN

More than 830 health sciences students were capped today at Stellenbosch University's (SU) December graduation ceremony.Four-hundred-and-twenty of these are newly-minted health professionals obtaining their undergraduate degree from SU's Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS). A total of 277 students received...
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Music, memories as Unisa honours Madiba, Mama Sisulu - Source:UNISA

On Friday 7 December 2018, the University of South Africa (Unisa) unveiled commemorative plaques honouring the centenary of the births of Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. The centenary coincides with the institution's 145thanniversary as a beacon of hope on the continent and beyond.The audience, which included ambassadors,...
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The Hierarchy of Clicks | Durban University of Technology - Source:DUT

BELIEVE it or not but the internet - that global network of information and communication that virtually rules our lives - already reflects the social hierarchy of society. For a start, you will always find the naive beginner on Facebook or social media who we geeks (know-it-all users) call a newbie. The newbie likes everything on...
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The parable of universal health cover for people on the move - Source:WITS

The United Nations declared today, December 12, Universal Health Coverage Day but for migrants worldwide, accessing healthcare is often fraught with prejudice.Research published in The Lancet on December 5 revealed that harmful and unfounded myths about migration and health have become accepted and that these are used to justify...
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UP students scoop 4 of 14 L'Oreal-UNESCO research fellowships - Source:UP

Four University of Pretoria scientists conducting research in sub-Saharan Africa are among a group of 14 women who were recently awarded fellowships by the L'Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Regional Programme. Each of the fellows received a research grant at a recent ceremony attended by representatives of public authorities...
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University of Pretoria and Wageningen University & Research strengthen collaboration - Source:UP

The University of Pretoria (UP) and Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate in a number of areas over a five-year period. With this agreement both universities agreed to strengthen their mutual collaboration in exchanging students and staff, joint research...
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VUT Community encouraged to respect and treat others with dignity - Source:VUT

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal; Professor Gordon Zide shared his end-of-year message on Tuesday, 4 December at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall. He titled his speech: Think and imagine a new VUT."As we are closing the year 2018, I think I will be failing in my responsibility if I do not knock on your consciences and advise you that...
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REGIONAL NEWS

GHANA- Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science And Technology Wins 'Pan African Universities Debate' Contest - Source:Modern Ghana

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have won the 11th edition of the Pan African Universities Debate Championship (PAUDC) held in Dars es Salaam in Tanzania making, it the first time the tournament has been won by an institution outside the Southern African region.The Pan African Universities Debate...
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GHANA- University of Ghana pulls down Mahatma Gandhi's statue on campus - Source:Graphic Online

The University of Ghana has taken down the statue of India's independence leader, Mahatma Gandhi, erected at the recreational quadrangle of the university.Some students and lecturers of the University of Ghana had called for the removal of the statue, because of what they said was Gandhi's "racist identity".An online...
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KENYA- Varsities set to know fate on lecturers rule - Source:Daily Nation

Universities will next week know whether only lecturers with doctoral degrees will be allowed to teach at the institutions.This follows the expiry of a deadline that was issued in 2014 by the Commission for University Education (CUE) that by November 2018, all university lecturers must have a PhD.Universities struggling to attract...
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NIGERIA- NCC To Fund Technological Research In Tertiary Institutions - Source:Tribune Online

CONCERNED by the myriad of challenges facing the nation's telecommunications industry, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has reiterated its determination to fund research in the nation's tertiary institutions.The Executive Vice Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, NCC, Prof. Umar Garba Danbatta who this yesterday...
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RWANDA- Rwandan Doctor Wins Research Grant In Climate Change Science - Source:East African Business Week

The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) - has announced the first cohort of the Small Research Grants in Climate Change Science winners.Dr Daniel Akinyele of Nigeria, Dr Lindani Ncube of South Africa, Dr Ayansina Ayanlade of Nigeria, Dr Adanna Henri-Ukoha of Nigeria, Dr Timothy Dube of Zimbabwe and Dr Muhire Innocent...
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TANZANIA- Norway to transfer MSc gas, oil program to UDSM - Source:IPPMEDIA

PLANS are underway to transfer to the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM) so as to start offering Masters of Science degree in petroleum geosciences and petroleum engineering.Currently, the degree is being offered to Tanzanian students with assistance from Norway at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).Deputy...
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UGANDA- 7,000 Graduate At Kyambogo - Source:Daily Monitor

At least 7,000 students will graduate at Kyambogo University today with management also allowing even those who have not paid full tuition fees to graduate.The phased three-day graduation starts today at the university campus in Nakawa Division, Kampala.The vice chancellor, Prof Elly Katunguka, yesterday told journalists that unlike...
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UGANDA- Court orders Makerere University to pay Dr Nyanzi - Source:KFM

High court has ordered Makerere University to pay costs to Dr Stella Nyanzi for failing to give a reply to her application in time.In October Dr.Nyanzi sued the institution for failing to abide the university tribunal orders which declared that her suspension was illegal, to be paid all her salary arrears and to be reinstated at...
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ZAMBIA- Education the best inheritance a parent can give his child, says Prof Mwase - Source:The Mast

UNIVERSITY of Zambia deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Enala Mwase has urged parents to ensure that no child drops out of school because education is the best inheritance a parent can give to his children. Speaking during the 5th anniversary and graduation celebrations for Topgrade Academy in Kafue, Professor Mwase, who was...
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ZAMBIA- Luo challenges ICT experts - Source:Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation

Higher Education Minister Nkandu Luo has implored researchers and scientists in the area of Information and Communication Technologies -ICTs- in higher learning institutions to be more innovative in order to grow the sector.Professor Luo says this is because ICT is key to the country's development in line with the Seventh...
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ZAMBIA- UNZA goes industrial, procures printing machine, and establishes an investment holdings - Source:LusakaTimes

The University of Zambia (UNZA) has installed an ultra-modern industrial printing machine procured at total cost of 10.5 Million Kwacha to be used on a commercial basis.And UNZA Vice-Chancellor Luke Mumba says the institution has embarked on the robust recapitalization programme of its operations in order to expand the...
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ZIMBABWE- LSZ concerned over poor quality results at varsities - Source:The Chronicle

THE Law Society of Zimbabwe issued a total of 1 746 practising certificates in the first nine months of this year amid concerns of quality offered by local universities due to the high enrolment figures.LSZ president, Mr Misheck Hogwe, in his annual report, said high enrolment rates by universities could affect the quality of the...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

AUSTRALIA- University sector urges 'careful consideration' of incentives for overseas students - Source:The Sydney Morning Herald

Universities have urged the NSW government to tread "carefully" with its proposal to entice overseas students to the regions with incentives, warning it could jeopardise the state's multibillion-dollar international education industry.Universities Australia chief executive Catriona Jackson said NSW universities would need to...
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BELGIUM- Brussels now equipped with cyber-security centre in association with three universities - Source:The Brussels Times

Brussels now has a cyber-security centre, created on the initiative of Sirris, the collective centre for the technological industry.The Brussels Initiative on Cyber-security Innovation ("BICI"), within which are associated the research centres of three universities and a Brussels university college, has the aim of helping companies...
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INDIA- Motihari University's VC resigns over fudged academic credentials; HRD looks for new appointment  - Source:TimesNow

The HRD ministry has set in motion the process of appointment of a new Vice Chancellor for Motihari University in Bihar following the resignation of Arvind Kumar Agarwal from the top post over allegations of fudging his academic credentials."The Ministry has invited applications for the post of Vice Chancellor of Mahatma Gandhi...
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IRAN- Iranian, Malaysian Universities Sign MoU for joint research projects - Source:MENAFN.COM

Iran's leading academic center, the University of Tehran, and Malaysian University of Putra contracted a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pave the ground for a mutual research venture on social responsibility.On Tuesday, senior officials of University of Tehran (UT) and the University of Putra Malaysia (UPM) contracted a...
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MALAYSIA- 95pc young grads work in unskilled jobs, survey shows - Source:Malay Mail

Up to 95 per cent of today's young graduates are overqualified for their current jobs while 50 per cent work in low-skilled non-manual occupations, Khazanah Research Institute's latest school to work transition survey (SWTS) found.The report, released this evening, said many young qualified workers are forced to "dumb...
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NEW ZEALAND- Nursing students benefiting from two years free education - Source:NZ Herald

Eastern Institute of Technology is helping boost the numbers of Hawke's Bay's nurses by effectively offering two years of free education to degree students.Although EIT had already implemented a scholarship fund to remove a year's worth of degree tuition fees, the implementation of a government policy along the same...
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OMAN- Government College in Oman receives higher education accreditation - Source:Times of Oman

The College of Economics and Political Science at Sultan Qaboos University has received academic accreditation for all its programmes from the EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).With this step, the institute becomes the first government college in the Middle East to receive this accreditation.Dr. Ali Al Bemani, the head of...
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PAKISTAN- HEC seeks data about law students admitted without test - Source:The News

The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has asked the universities and affiliated colleges to submit by December 15, 2018 the data of law students who have been admitted to law degree programmes without appearing in HEC-Law Admission Test (LAT) held on August 19, 2018.A letter issued to Vice Chancellors and heads of universities...
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PAKISTAN- Universities facing financial crisis, Senate body told - Source:Business Recorder

A parliamentary panel was informed on Tuesday that several universities are facing financial crunch as the government has allocated Rs 68 billion for Higher Education Commission (HEC) against the demand of Rs 85 billion.This was revealed by HEC Executive Director Mohammad Asghar while briefing the sub-committee of the Senate...
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UK- Birmingham University vice chancellor set to top higher education pay table - Source:The Telegraph

The vice chancellor of Birmingham University looks set to top the university pay league tables with a salary of €444,000.Sir David Eastwood's pay rose from €439,000 last year, according to accounts published online, despite protests by more than 160 academics at Birmingham amid ongoing tensions over senior staff pay...
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UK- With three D grades at A-level, 80% got university places - Source:BBC

Among university applicants who got three D grades at A-level, 80% were successful in getting places in 2018, according to admissions figures.This was a year with fewer 18-year-olds, which saw universities competing to attract students.The Ucas admissions data shows Northern Ireland had the highest entry rate among the UK's...
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USA- Missouri unveils new higher education tools for students - Source:Joplin Globe

The Missouri Department of Higher Education has launched two interactive features on the Journey to College website to help students make informed decisions about higher education.The redesigned College and Degree Search function allows students to search for and compare information about certificate and degree programs. It's...
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