NATIONAL NEWS

First accredited Automated Weather Station unveiled at TUT campus - Source:IOL

History was made yesterday when Tshwane University of Technology launched the first accredited Automated Weather Station in the country.The SA Weather Services (SAWS) partnered with the university to showcase the world-class station that is expected to provide hazardous weather warnings, alerts and site-specific forecasts to people...
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SCS Space nSight-1 exceeds expected lifespan in orbit - Source:Space in Africa

South Africa's first commercially developed Cubesat nSight-1 clocks two years in orbit since it was launched to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Atlas V rocket on the OA-7 "John Glenn" resupply mission in April 2017.The 2U Cubesat was deployed to a low 400km orbit from the International Space Station, alongside...
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Student protests met with stun grenades at Nelson Mandela University - Source:TimesLIVE

Police set off stun grenades after students barricaded entrances to Port Elizabeth's Nelson Mandela University on Wednesday, in contravention of an interdict.This came less than a month after NMU management and students came to a tacit agreement to resolve issues around registration, funding and accommodation.Hundreds of...
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UCT is focusing on commission's findings - Source:Mail & Guardian Online

Regarding the article "UCT culture leaves some suicidal" , the University of Cape Town provided a substantial statement in response to the request by the journalist. Yet our response was not adequately reflected in the article and we would like to clarify the university's position.The article reported on a series of statements,...
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UJ to confer honorary doctorate on social justice activist Kumi Naidoo - Source:The Citizen

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) said on Wednesday that it would bestow an Honoris Causa degree on Kumi Naidoo in recognition of his contribution to social justice in South Africa.UJ said that Naidoo would be given the award on Tuesday, 23 April 2019 at their Kingsway main campus.Professor Chris Landsberg, UJ SARCHI Chair:...
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Unemployment takes heavy toll on South Africa's young - Source:The Citizen

A large portrait of a bright-eyed young woman draped in a black graduation robe looms over a spotless, tiled lounge in Protea Glen, a suburb of Johannesburg's Soweto township.It is a constant and gnawing reminder of potential that has gone unrealised for 10 years."It's like you go to school, you go to school and then...
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University gets interdict to stop protesting Sasco students - Source:TimesLIVE

Protesting students are blocking university entrances and "engaging in acts of intimidation to disrupt classes and operations", the Nelson Mandela University said on Wednesday.The university laid a charge at the Humewood police station in Port Elizabeth earlier Wednesday."Management is currently reading the interdict to protesting...
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Graduation tinged with sadness over absence of mom who died in crash for NMU blind student - Source:Herald Live

As an emotional Ncebakazi Siziba crossed the graduation stage to a standing ovation and cheers from the audience, she shed a tear and said a silent prayer to continue making her late mother proud.Siziba, who graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Nelson Mandela University on Friday, was one of 391 students conferred their...
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RSA UNIVERSITY GENERATED NEWS

160 years of UCT Law - Source:UCT

It's a year of celebration for the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Faculty of Law, which marks its 160th birthday, claims its place as the top law school on the continent, and welcomes the appointment of new Dean of Law, Professor Danwood Chirwa.Tuesday, 16 April, marked 160 years since that day back in 1859 when the first...
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2nd International Conference on Entrepreneurship Development - Source:CUT

Education in innovation and entrepreneurship has become part of Universities of Technologies (UoTs) with the aim of turning more graduates from job seekers to job creators. CUT constantly seeks to build an engaged, purposeful, innovative and entrepreneurial University of Technology, a university that takes a step further to...
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Advancing Science in the Global South: The role of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) - Source:UJ

JIAS is delighted to have Executive Director of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) in Italy, Professor Romain Murenzi, present a seminar on 'Advancing Science in the Global South: The Role of the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS)' at the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS). Prof Murenzi served as Minister of...
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April Graduation Highlights - Source:UWC

Our April graduation ceremonies were as celebratory as always and we wish all our graduates all the very best for their bright future ahead!...
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Back-to-back Varsity Cup titles for Maties Rugby - Source:SUN

Maties Rugby won the coveted Varsity Cup double for a second consecutive year.Just like in 2018, both the Maties Varsity Cup and Maties Young Guns won their respective finals in the Varsity Cup competition.Maties beat Tuks 34-12 for their second title in two years and fifth Varsity Cup title overall in front of a jammed packed Danie...
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CUT honours Dr Blekie with Chancellor's Excellence Award - Source:CUT

CUT's Chancellor Justice Mahube Molemela honoured Dr Ellen Blekie with the Chancellor's Excellence Award at the autumn graduations for her remarkable contribution to the community of Thaba Nchu with a record of well-established distinction and achievements in community service initiatives and innovations in the region....
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DigiMine strikes gold - Source:WITS

Mining company Sibanye-Stillwater has committed an additional R30 million over the next three years towards technology and innovation research at the Wits Mining Institute's Digital Mining Laboratory (DigiMine).Announced by Alex Fenn, Sibanye-Stillwater's technology and innovation unit manager, at the second two-day...
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EBE graduands urged to help communities - Source:UCT

Ululating and cheering cascaded across the University of Cape Town's (UCT) Sarah Baartman Hall during a graduation ceremony for the faculty of Engineering & the Built Environment on Tuesday, 16 April, during which graduands were urged to use their education and skills to help uplift communities.The graduands were treated to...
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Enriching The World One Graduate At A Time - UWC Celebrates April Graduation 2019 - Source:UWC

"The University of the Western Cape and its graduands are essentially the same - like their university, our graduates show resilience, determination and the ability to go the distance in achieving their goals. And we engage with matters that make a difference to the society of which we are a part."These were the words of UWC's...
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First responders need digital support in crises like Tropical Cyclone Idai - Source:DUT

Tropical Cyclone Idai wrecked destruction and havoc on Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe with winds of up to 200 km/h. The miles and miles of water rendered road access impassable forcing desperate people to scramble onto roof and tree tops. Even dogs and snakes, unlikely mates, were forced to share high ground where they clung until...
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First three trailblazers graduate with an MSc in Food and Nutrition Security - Source:SUN

Alison Barr, Hlanzeka Mpanza and Anja Lategan will forever go down in the annals of Stellenbosch University (SU) as trailblazers. They are the first three students to graduate with an MSc degree in Food and Nutrition Security from the institution, after the programme was first launched in 2017.Mpanza is a nutritionist, while Barr...
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Former construction worker is building a future at the NWU - Source:NWU

Six years ago Thabang Belang worked as a construction worker at Mokgethi Construction and later at Shoprite, earning R100 a day.Even though he did not have money to further his studies after matric, he never gave up on his dream to succeed despite all the hardship.On Tuesday 9 April 2019 another part of Thabang's dream came...
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Is freedom and dignity for women advancing or regressing in Institutions of Higher Learning? - Source:UFH

The year 2019, marks the 25th year of South Africa's attainment of democracy. Of particular relevance is the month of April, which was dedicated as a National Freedom Month. The 27 April 1994 and subsequently, the adoption of the 1996 Constitution bear great significance for South Africa's freedom. The day provided a...
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May Graduation Ceremony - Date: 14 - 17 May 2019 - Source:UNIVEN

The Vice-Chancellor & Principal of the University of Venda Dr Ndanduleni Bernard Nthambeleni cordially invites you to the May Graduation Ceremony scheduled as follows:Date: 14 - 17 May 2019 Time: 09h00 Morning Session 13h30 Afternoon Session Venue: University Auditorium Time Schedule:2019 May Graduation Sessions 14 May 2019 Morning...
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NWU among the best universities in research publication outputs - Source:NWU

The North-West University (NWU) is among the best universities in the country in terms of the overall research publication output units per institution.The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) recently released their report on the evaluation of universities' 2017 research outputs and listed the NWU in the top...
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National Lotteries Commission funded projects, the pride of UFS - Source:UFS

The University of the Free State (UFS) has over many years embarked on developmental projects to improve and upgrade its sports facilities, sports research, medical research, arts and cultural programmes and community focused programmes. These projects were made possible with the financial support of the National Lotteries...
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Ploughing Back to the Community - Source:UNIZULU

The University of Zululand (UNIZULU), through its Community Engagement Office, recently hosted a workshop on giving back to communities at the Ngamla Guest House, Empangeni, as part of its efforts to ensure that the wealth of knowledge generated by its academics is utilised to the benefit of the community it serves.In his address,...
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Spontaneous Science ambassadors bring message home - Source:UFS

It was a full house as more than 120 learners packed the hall at the Leseding Technical Secondary School in the Free State, where two young Astronomy researchers had come home to tell their younger peers about their studies and career prospects across South Africa.Chaka Mofokeng and Tekano Mbonani are both former learners at the...
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Student protests 17 April: update - Source:NMU

In light of today's disruptions, the public order police will be on duty at Mandela University throughout the night and into tomorrow to secure all campus entrances and facilities.The main issue leading to today's disruptions relates to those senior students who did not receive NSFAS funding as a result of not meeting...
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UP researchers lead project to develop Africa's doctoral graduates into future intellectual leaders - Source:UP

The University of Pretoria's (UP) Vice-Chancellor and Principal Professor Tawana Kupe recently opened the first workshop of the Peer-Learning for Emerging Researchers' Knowledge and Advancement (PERKA) initiative, held at the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa. Professor Frans Swanepoel of UP's Centre...
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University of Pretoria tops ranks in new DHET report on SA research outputs - Source:UP

A recently released Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) report reveals that the University of Pretoria (UP) produced the most weighted research outputs per capita for 2017, as well as the highest number of published research outputs in South Africa. UP also produced the most weighted research outputs per capita in...
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Water Weekly 7 | 17 April 2019 - Source:RHODES

Professor Tally Palmer from the Institute for Water Research (IWR) has been announced as the recipient of the 2018 Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Award for Community Engagement, for her ground-breaking work in ecological justice and water sustainability.Prof Palmer knows that it is increasingly necessary to embrace the need...
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Water resource PhD graduate to continue the legacy of Professor O'Keeffe - Source:RHODES

Matthew Weaver, who recently graduated with his PhD in Water Resource Science, was the last doctoral student supervised by the late Emeritus Professor Jay O'Keeffe, Founding Director of the Institute for Water Research (IWR). Weaver spoke to fourth-year BJourn student Zandile Hlabangane about his close connection with his...
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REGIONAL NEWS

GHANA- Calm returns to GTUC after examination fees protest - Source:GhanaWeb

Management of the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has agreed to allow students who owe less than 250 cedis take part in the end of semester examination.The decision follows last night's demonstration by some students of the University at Tesano in Accra, against school authorities.The demonstration was to protest...
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GHANA- Republic Bank hands over Boulevard Project to University of Ghana - Source:My Joy Online

Republic Bank, a subsidiary of Republic Financial Holdings Limited, has officially handed over the horticultural landscape of the JB Danque Avenue Boulevard to the Management of the University of Ghana at a short ceremony.The construction of the landscape of the JB Danquah Avenue street on the University Campus came following an MoU...
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KENYA- Committee seeks to give preference to students from marginalized areas - Source:Kenya Broadcasting Corporation

National Assembly Education Committee is considering a legislative proposal that seeks to give the Education Cabinet Secretary powers to introduce affirmative action in the admission of students from marginalized areas in teaching colleges and universities.The amendment bill to the Teachers Service Commission Act also seeks to...
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KENYA- State to sponsor more students to private varsities - Source:The Star

Private universities will admit more government-sponsored students this year compared to last year.This comes even as empty lecture rooms await public universities after this year's admission fell short of the declared capacity.Official government placement data reveals that more slots were declared available by both private...
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LIBERIA- Liberia Hosts 18th Regional Universities Forum - Source:Liberian Observer

The Executive Board of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity-building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), will host its meetings in Monrovia bringing together 25 ranked African university presidents, Liberian business people and farmers, University of Liberia (UL) President, Dr. Ophelia Inez Weeks, has said.RUFORUM Executive Board...
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NAMIBIA- Southern Business School of Namibia graduates 548 students - Source:New Era

Southern Business School of Namibia recently celebrated the success of their Diplomandi and Graduandi when they were conferred with their qualifications on April 05, 2019. With so many graduates, there were several days set aside so the students and their loved ones were truly able to enjoy their moment in the sun. A total of 548...
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NAMIBIA- Visually impaired student graduates with master's degree at Unam - Source:New Era

Meet 37-year-old Johannes Tala Matsi who last Friday made history by being the first visually impaired student at the University of Namibia (Unam) to graduate with a master's degree. His academic journey started in 2004 when he was admitted to the University of Namibia to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and...
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NIGERIA- Don't Depend on Govts for Revenue, Tertiary Institutions Told - Source:THISDAYLIVE

Tertiary institutions in the country have been advised not to depend on the federal or state governments for funding, but to generate revenue internally to meet their financial challenges in order to survive.A former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah gave the advice at the second distinguished registry lecture of the...
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UGANDA- Makerere gets new state of the art innovation labs - Source:PML Daily

The Irish Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellency William Carlos, has launched four new Innovation laboratories belonging to netLabs!UG, a research center under the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology (CEDAT), Makerere University.The new laboratories include EPA Ireland...
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UGANDA- Namugongo, Kitende send most students - Source:The Observer

In the battle for government university admissions every year, some schools seem to have a high achievement, lists of this year's admissions released separately by eight public universities continue to show.An analysis of this year's 2,589 government admissions to public universities heralds a growing trend. Some schools...
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ZIMBABWE- MSU to Get Mbanje Licence - Source:The Herald

Midlands State University (MSU) has applied for a licence to grow mbanje for medicinal purposes following Government's legalisation of marijuana farming last year.Addressing students at MSU during a public lecture in Gweru, Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development Minister Professor Amon Murwira said...
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

GEORGIA- Government to Help Prep Abkhazia, Tskhinvali Region Graduates for Universities - Source:Civil.ge

The Government of Georgia has launched a new university preparations program for school graduates from Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, which will ease their enrollment at universities in the Tbilisi-controlled territory.The new program was elaborated within Tbilisi's earlier-announced peace plan - A Step to A Better Future -...
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INDIA- Allahabad University campus has become a 'haven for criminals': High Court - Source:Business Standard

Lamenting that Allahabad University hostels have become a "haven for criminals" who have converted its campus into a "play ground" for their misdeeds, the Allahabad High Court has asked the varsity and the police to apprise it of steps taken by them to address the issue.A bench comprising chief justice Govind Mathur and justice S S...
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JAPAN- Professor in western Japan allegedly made students produce MDMA - Source:Kyodo News

A pharmaceutical science professor at a university in western Japan was referred to prosecutors Tuesday for allegedly having his students produce the synthetic drug MDMA without a permit, investigative sources said.Tatsunori Iwamura, 61, a professor at the College of Pharmaceutical Sciences at Matsuyama University in Ehime...
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PAKISTAN- Universities role crucial towards human resource development: Alvi - Source:Dunya News

President Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday said that universities have crucial role towards human resource development, which ultimately contribute towards socio-economic progress of the country.He directed the universities to streamline and expand student-centric initiatives, in order to provide the student academic and career counseling,...
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PHILIPPINES- CHED allots P1 billion for short-term student loan program - Source:RAPPLER

Starting this year, students from public and private universities can avail of short-term loans from the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).CHED Chairman Prospero de Vera III and DBP Executive Vice President Fe Prado on Wednesday, April 17, signed a memorandum of agreement...
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PHILIPPINES- TESDA approves two training courses for the tourism sector - Source:Manila Bulletin

Published training regulations (TRs) for two qualifications or training courses under the tourism sector has been approved by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).TESDA, the authority in technical-vocational education and training (TVET), has promulgated the TRs on Tour Packaging (Free...
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RUSSIA- Five Russian universities make it into RUR's global top 100 in teaching quality category - Source:TASS

Five Russian universities have made it into the top 100 of the Round University Rankings evaluating the quality of teaching. Last year, Russia was represented by only three higher educational institutions in that category. Russia was placed second in the world this year in terms of overall representation.Moscow State University has...
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TURKEY- University graduates swell Turkey's army of jobless - Source:Al-Monitor

Mounting unemployment has emerged as the most poignant aspect of Turkey's economic crisis, which the International Monetary Fund expects to result in a 2.5% contraction this year. The number of jobless reached nearly 4.7 million in January, rising by more than 1.2 million over a year, according to figures released April 15 by...
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UAE- Universities in UAE keen to cash in on longer student visa scheme - Source:Khaleej Times

The UAE's higher education sector is seeing a boost as post-study visas for students, quality assurance schemes and expansion of university programmes roll out in the country. Dubai, in particular, has become the world's largest hub for international branch campuses, with 33 universities currently operational. The emirate...
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UK- £5 million for Universities to boost higher education support for armed forces - Source:FE News

Universities should do more to support ex-service personnel and the children of servicemen and women who have lost their lives during duty, the UK Government has urged today (18 April).In a joint letter to all UK universities, the Universities Minister and Defence Minister have called on institutions to step up and support those...
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UK- UK universities show the way in reporting clinical trial results - Source:BMJ

UK universities are leading the way in reporting their clinical trial results-beating other European institutions hands down-but only after government pressure to improve, a recent study shows.1The encouraging results, highlighted by Till Bruckner of the campaigning organisation TranspariMED, are based on data from the Evidence...
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USA- Higher ed commish: Colleges should adapt to personalized system - Source:The Herald-Tribune

The one-size-fits-all system for delivering higher education should be molded to a more personalized approach, Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers said recently."The best opportunity for increasing higher education's value proposition is by building a system around the learner - both recent high school graduates...
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