NATIONAL NEWS

Universities Urged Not to Over-Enrol in 2020 - Source:South African Government News Agency

Universities have been requested not to over-enrol in 2020 to ensure the appropriate infrastructure and human resources for the number of students in the system, the quality of teaching and learning and the sustainability of the university system.Higher Education, Science and Technology Minister, Dr Blade Nzimande, made the call on...
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NSFAS assures approved students their registration fees will be paid - Source:SowetanLIVE

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) has assured approved applicants that it will pay their registration fees for the 2020 academic year and reimburse them if they have already paid the fees themselves.The undertaking was given on Friday as students across different institutions expressed concerns.NSFAS administrator...
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'Maybe the word fail may be too strong' for students - Nzimande - Source:News24

Higher Education and Science and Technology Minister Blade Nzimande said he was engaging with the Department of Basic Education regarding the word "fail" when describing the performance of students who don't do well."Maybe the word 'fail' may be too strong. I have spoken to the Department of Basic Education about that...
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Unable to obtain traditional finance, students turn to crowdfunding - Source:IOL

Itumeleng Sebata is one of many students who has used online crowdfunding to raise money for their university fees. He raised more than R150000 after being unable to access bursaries or loans through traditional channels.Sebata, an LLB final-year student, in 2017 received R157040.19 and was able to graduate debt-free from Wits...
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Cape Town wins global MBA crown - Source:BusinessLIVE

A team of students at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business (UCT GSB) has won the John Molson MBA International Case Competition, the oldest and largest MBA company analysis competition in the world.The team was led by Johannes Schueler, a senior lecturer on the MBA programme. He says entry each year is limited to...
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Hundreds of UWC students' housing woes persist - Source:IOL

Accommodation uncertainties persist among hundreds of UWC students who resided at the privately owned South Point residence in Belhar.The residence was jointly used by UWC and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) students last year when, around October, CPUT reached an agreement with South Point to lease the residence...
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Hundreds of schools in South Africa are dropping maths: report - Source:BusinessTech

Over 300 schools in South Africa are dropping maths as a subject choice for learners, according to the Solidarity-affiliated Union for Afrikaans Maths Teachers (VAW), as learners opt for easier versions of the subject, such as maths literacy.Speaking to Rapport, VAW noted that most of the schools to drop maths are schools in poorer...
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KZN teachers jet off to study in Columbia University - Source:Rising Sun Overport

A group of 20 top academics (mostly teacher educators) from three South African universities, the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Durban University of Technology and the University of Zululand are participants of an intensive four-year programme, Accelerated Academic Leadership Development Programme (AALDP), focused on PhD...
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We cannot allow Fort Hare - or any other university - to fail - Mike Teke, UJ council chairperson - Source:Daily Maverick

Being a member of a university council is not an opportunity for self-enrichment: It instead carries an obligation to serve and to ensure that academic excellence flourishes. Anything else is a betrayal of the trust placed in the council.Each year around this time, the news is awash with articles about matric results, the scramble...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

Announcement of departure of Prof L Green-Thompson as Dean of School of Medicine - Source:SMU

It is with regret to announce the departure of Prof L Green-Thompson as the Dean of the School of Medicine. He would be taking up responsibility as the Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Cape Town. He is a nationally and internationally recognised leader in Health Sciences Education. He would surely be...
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Green Cross needed to halt the climate emergency - Source:WITS

Climate emergency has been declared the "word of the year" for 2019 by Oxford Dictionaries, based on increased use of the term globally. We are in an environmental crisis and it may be too late to completely reverse the effects of climate change.The climate crisis is an emergency and deserves the highest priority by individuals,...
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Information to assist new students - Source:NMU

We are currently experiencing high volumes of calls and online enquiries and are doing our best to assist and reply as quickly as possible. In the interim, herewith information and links to help you, based on the most requested queries we have been receiving.APPLICATIONS - please note that the University is not taking applications...
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MA Counselling student presents at the 2nd Global Conference: Sexual and Gendered Violence in Prague, Czech Republic - Source:UJ

Deepesh Dayal, who is registered for the Master's degree in Counselling Psychology attended the 2nd Global Conference: Sexual and Gendered Violence in Prague, Czech Republic in December 2019. At the conference Deepesh presented a paper entitled "South African Gay Indian Men's Accounts of Sexual Microaggressions"....
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Professor Tong Talks On the Importance of Enzymes Against Human Diseases - Source:DUT

The Durban University of Technology (DUT's) Executive Dean in the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Professor Suren Singh hosted a lecture by Professor Liang Tong titled: Allosteric Regulation of Metabolic Enzymes for Drug Discovery, at Steve Biko Campus on Thursday, 16 January 2020.Professor Tong, who is the Chairperson of the...
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State of readiness: registration 2020 - Source:UFH

"It's all systems go for the 2020 registration programme at the University of Fort Hare", says Dr Rose Masha, Deputy Registrar: Academic Administration.She has given the assurance that, based on meticulous planning, a smooth registration process is expected.Over the next three weeks, scores of students are expected to...
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The value of water - Source:SUN

Flowing along the foothills of Papegaaiberg in Stellenbosch, the Plankenbrug River runs close to an informal settlement where more than 5500 inhabitants have access to only 150 communal toilets and 57 taps.Without adequate water and sanitation services it is not only the people living in Enkanini that are suffering, but also the...
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UFS searches for rare bird species - White-winged Flufftail - Source:UFS

The White-winged Flufftail, a highly endangered bird species, was spotted less than 70 km from the UFS Qwaqwa Campus, home of the Afromontane Research Unit (ARU). In collaboration with BirdLife South Africa, the ARU is conducting a study to find out if this species also made its home in the Golden Gate Highlands National Park.This...
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UL SRC donates half a million to register needy students - Source:UL

The Student Representative Council (SRC) at the University of Limpopo has set aside an amount of R500 000 to assist financially disadvantaged returning students during registration.The registration for returning students will begin on Monday, 20 January where indigent but eligible students with outstanding fees will be cleared by...
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UP's Dr Vukosi Marivate: Using data to better understand our world - Source:UP

Dr Vukosi Marivate is the ABSA Chair of Data Science at the University of Pretoria and co-founder of the Deep Learning Indaba. He spoke to Primarashni Gower about his work.Tell us about your background.I hold a BSc and MSc in Electrical Engineering from Wits University (MSc under Professor Tshilidzi Marwala) and a PhD in Computer...
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Universities cannot be neutral about climate justice any longer - Source:WITS

Universities have a privileged seat at the table of knowledge. However, climate change is the great leveller. To survive and adapt in this changed world, it makes sense to pull up chairs for indigenous knowledge and local wisdom to face these challenges.For Dr Poppy Masinga, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Social Work at Wits,...
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Welcome to the university of Fort Hare - Source:UFH

As the start of the 2020 Academic year gets into full swing, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu took the opportunity to welcome students with specific focus on those that will be entering our campuses for the very first time."I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our first years and first time applicants for 2020. This generation is...
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REGIONAL NEWS

EGYPT- Egypt- JICA announces E-JUST scholarship programme for African countries - Source:MENAFN.COM

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Egypt Office announced the opening of the scholarship programme for African countries at Egypt-Japan University of Science and Technology (E-JUST) starting from September 2020, under the collaboration of the Egyptian and Japanese governments.This scholarship programme is meant to...
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EGYPT- USAID and AUC inaugurate Aswan University Centre for Career Development - Source:Ahram Online

With the support of the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the American University in Cairo (AUC) celebrated the opening of the Aswan University Centre for Career Development (UCCD) on 16 January.The inauguration of Aswan University Centre for Career Development was attended by the Minister of Higher Education and...
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ETHIOPIA- 35,000 University Students Out of Campuses due to Violence: Minister - Source:Ezega.com

Ethiopian Minister of Science and Higher Learning Institutions Professor Hirut Woldemariam said more than 35,000 university students have left universities to their families due to the protracted violence occurring on the university grounds.In a consultative forum held in Addis Ababa, the minister said 640 students, 40 teachers and...
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GHANA- Two Universities appeal for completion of GetFund projects - Source:GhanaWeb

The University of Cape Coast (UCC) and the Cape Coast Technical University have expressed their readiness to absorb the expected huge numbers of free Senior High School (SHS) graduates this year.The two universities are therefore appealing for the completion of some GetFund projects which are at various stages of completion before...
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KENYA- Strike looms in public universities as pay talks fail - Source:Daily Nation

Pay talks between lecturers in public universities and the government have collapsed amid claims of trickery, setting the stage for a strike next month that may paralyse learning in the 39 institutions that were party to a now contentious pay deal.The University Academic Staff Union (Uasu) Friday accused the government of treating...
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KENYA- Magoha seeks EACC help in VC appointment controversy at UoN - Source:Daily Nation

The saga surrounding the controversial appointment of University of Nairobi vice-chancellor Prof Stephen Kiama Gitahi and dissolution of the council that is chaired by Prof Julia Ojiambo took a new twist Saturday after the Ministry of Education sought the intervention of the anti-corruption agency.Prof Kiama, in a communication to...
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LIBERIA- Verification of Credentials of Higher Education Instructors Underway - Source:Liberian Observer

The National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE) and the Credential Evaluation Verification and Educational Services (CEVES) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to verify credentials of instructors in various institutions of higher learning across the country.When implemented, the MOU, signed on Thursday, January 16,...
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MALAWI- 60 Students to Get Scholarships from Cavendish University - Source:ChimpReports

Sixty bright but poor students will benefit from the Cavendish University Uganda Scholarship Programme for the year 2020 according to the University Vice Chancellor Dr. Olive Sabitti.Speaking a ceremony to award the first batch of the scholarship winners, Dr Sabitti said the scholarship programme was introduced in 2017 to help...
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NIGERIA- TETFUND Unveils N4.9bn Projects in Balewa University - Source:THISDAYLIVE

The Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND), Prof. Suleiman Bogoro yesterday unveiled four major projects at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi valued at N4.9 billion.The executive secretary, also, disclosed that the fund would spend the sum of N1billion in 2020 to construct the perimetre fence...
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RWANDA- Ubudehe struck off list of varsity scholarship criteria - Source:The New Times

Starting this year, Ubudehe social stratification, will not be considered for eligibility of a scholarship for university students, according to officials from Higher Education Council (HEC).Ubudehe is a stratification programme where families are classified in accordance to their economic status.The same categories were applied in...
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TANZANIA- NSSF hands 32 new apartment blocks for college students' use - Source:IPPMEDIA

STUDENTS of higher learning institutions in the city of Dar es Salaam have something to smile about after 32 apartment buildings were handed over to several institutions by the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) management.NSSF Director General William Erio said at the handing over event that students of several universities in...
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UGANDA- Makerere Convocation recognises 70th grad's best overall student - Source:PML Daily

The Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Ezra Suruma appealed to Makerere University Business School (MUBS) graduands to take up the enormous responsibility of redesigning the national and regional economic framework so as to deliver prosperity for all and enhance capacity for survival.This was during the third session of the...
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ZAMBIA- Don takes cervical cancer fight abroad - Source:Zambia Daily Mail

A ZAMBIAN doctor, Mutenta Nyambe, who has done research on cervical cancer treatment using indigenous trees, has been invited to represent the Chemical Society of Zambia in Trinidad and Tobago, where he will also present his findings.Dr Nyambe, who is assistant dean for research and development at Texila American University in...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

ESTONIA- Universities attempting to settle harassment complaints in-house - Source:ERR

Estonian universities have processed more cases of harassment than have come to light in recent years. Criminal proceedings are not launched in most cases as matters are settled in-house.In connection with a fresh harassment scandal at the University of Tartu, ERR asked six largest universities about how many similar cases have come...
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FIJI- High Schools to offer Certificate level courses - Source:FBC News

Entry-level university courses will be introduced in 15 high schools later this year.The Fiji Higher Education Commission while making a presentation before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence confirmed that discussions are underway on the matter.Interim Director FHEC, Dr Nikhat Shameem says having...
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INDIA- Universities should not operate like assembly line production units, says CJI SA Bobde - Source:Scroll.in

Chief Justice of India SA Bobde on Saturday said that universities in the country were not supposed to operate like an assembly line in a production facility, ANI reported. He said that certain institutes had become excessively "commercially-minded" and that they should not be about "brick and mortar only"."The most important...
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INDONESIA- Alibaba teams up with universities, tech providers, incubator to offer cloud tech training - Source:The Jakarta Post

Alibaba Cloud Indonesia has joined other global technology giants in providing training in cloud technology and services to lecturers, entrepreneurs and students to create more information technology (IT) experts in the country.The subsidiary of Chinese tech giant Alibaba Group is partnering with a start-up incubator, two...
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IRELAND- Department of Education clashes with research agency over future direction - Source:The Irish Times

The Department of Education has clashed with the country's largest State-funded research agency over how taxpayers' money should be spent, documents show.Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) has been drawing up a strategy for the years 2020 to 2025 to guide the direction of future investment.A letter sent by the department to...
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IRELAND- Universities hit with 250 claims over seven years - Source:Independent.ie

Compensation claims for horseplay at Trinity College were among more than 250 cases levelled at four leading Irish universities in the last seven years.University College Cork was hit with claims totalling nearly £1m in the last seven years.In figures released under the Freedom of Information Act, the Munster college was sued...
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NETHERLANDS- Dutch universities are working on a brain-inspired system - Source:Innovation Origins

Researchers from TU Eindhoven and TU Twente published a study in the Nature journal about the first building block for a new kind of self-learning system or computer which is inspired by the brain. That's what the two universities announced on their website on Wednesday. One of the great advantages of the network is that its...
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PAKISTAN- PM orders uninterrupted funding for higher education - Source:DAWN

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday directed the finance ministry to ensure uninterrupted provision of funds to the higher education sector regardless of economic difficulties being faced by the country.Presiding over a meeting held to review matters related to the Higher Education Commission (HEC), he ordered transfer of financial...
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SAUDI ARABIA- Several Saudi Schools, Universities Start Teaching 'Chinese' - Source:aawsat.com

An agreement between Saudi Arabia and China to include the Chinese language in the Saudi curriculum at all stages of education in schools and universities across the Kingdom has become effective.Media adviser at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Riyadh has affirmed in a phone-call with Asharq Al-Awsat that...
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UAE- Indian universities invite Dubai students - Source:GulfToday

The Indian High School (IHS), Dubai, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Institute of Infrastructure Technology Research and Management, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, and Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University, Gandhinagar, Gujarat, focusing on student exchange, scholarships for IHS students and internship opportunities.The...
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USA- Universities, Colleges Where Students Are Eager to Enroll - Source:Yahoo News

As students apply to their dream schools, acceptance is almost too good to pass up.That's reflected at a number of highly competitive colleges where the majority of admitted students enrolled in fall 2018. Yield, which refers to the percentage of accepted students who enroll, was at 80% or higher at a few of the nation's...
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