UKZN Researchers Rewarded for Achievements
Seasoned and young researchers were honoured for their achievements and contributions during the University’s annual Research Awards ceremony in Durban.
Great strides have been made in the fight against AIDS and although society is not yet out of the woods regarding the spread of the virus, there is every reason to celebrate World AIDS Day, which is observed annually on 1 December.
While awareness is being raised throughout South Africa around gender-based violence (GBV) during the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children campaign, UKZN encourages staff and students to take a stand and speak out against any form of violence and abuse.
Dr Nontembeko (Ntemsie) Dube, who graduated with a doctorate in Entomology at UKZN’s September Graduation ceremonies, recently posted a story in the #ImStaying Facebook group that highlighted the importance of supportive supervisors and mentors - an example of whom she found in Dr Costas Zachariades.
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I-University Technology Enhanced Learning yase-UKZN (i-UTEL) ibambisene noSolwazi Kriben Pillay ofundisa ngezokuhola eSikoleni esifundisa ngamaBhizinisi nezokuPhatha bahlanganise ividiyo besebenzisa inkulumo ayethule kwesinye isifundo.
The Director of the Institute for International Law and Humanities at the Melbourne Law School in Australia Professor Sundhya Pahuja gave an address at UKZN at the invitation of the Law School on decolonising international environmental law.
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IKolishi Lezifundo Zezempilo e-UKZN, njengabahlomuli bangaphambilini be-Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), lihlomule ngesabelo sezinyanga eziyisishiyagalolunye (kusukela mhla ka-1 kuNcwaba ngowezi-2019 kuya mhla ka-31 kuNdasa ngowezi-2020) osabelwe yi-Human Resources and Services (HRSA) ngaphansi kweNyuvesi yaseCalifornia eSan Francisco (UCSF), ukuqinisa ukuqeqeshwa ngegciwane lesandulela-ngculazi ngokubambisana kwemikhakha enhlobonhlobo (STRIPE).
The School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), hosted a Methodology Enhancement Workshop aimed at postgraduate students and researchers who need to use statistical, mathematical and computational methods in answering their research problems for thesis writing and publications.
The Science and Technology Education Centre (STEC@UKZN) piloted the second phase of its CompLit4U outreach project, which aims to provide UKZN cleaning staff with basic computer literacy skills.
The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) has donated over 100 toys to the East Coast Radio (ECR) Toy Story campaign that gives gifts to underprivileged children in government hospitals, orphanages and children’s homes across KwaZulu-Natal.
The Centre for Civil Society (CCS) within the School of Built Environment and Development Studies (BEDS) held a workshop for activists facilitated by CCS Community Scholar, Ms Mzamo Zondi and Director at Sensys Training Ms Nina Sen.
The Financial Aid Practitioners of South Africa (FAPSA) presented Senior Financial Aid Advisor in the College of Humanities, Ms Constance Dube with the prestigious Gold Award for 25 years of excellence in student funding.
The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Vice-Chancellor and Principal and Executive Director of the Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD), Professor Nana Poku participated in the 25th International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Summit, which took place in Nairobi from 12 to 14 November 2019.
School of Accounting, Economics and Finance lecturer, Dr Msizi Mkhize received the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award at the 2019 Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa (HELTASA) conference held at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.
Internationally respected Dermatologist and Dean of UKZN’s School of Clinical Medicine Professor Ncoza Dlova has won two national awards – first prize in the Leadership Excellence section at the South African Health Excellence Awards and runner-up for the Global Excellence Award.
UKZN hosted a unique fashion show on the Howard College campus as part of a cocktail evening themed: Waste to Art: the Neptune Project, in aid of tackling pollution, especially plastic that is infesting South Africa’s oceans.
In an effort to attract top performers to the field of data analytics and ensure that women are well represented in and exposed to this exciting career, UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science teamed up with the Statistical Analysis System (SAS) to offer an information session and recruitment drive with a difference.
UKZN’s Corporate Relations Division invited the Chief Executive Officer of the Education Works consulting firm based in Los Angeles in the United States, Dr Anissa McNeil, to discuss how issues of leadership, organisational change and development can help improve education systems.
UKZN’s Discipline of Optometry lecturer, Ms Nishanee Rampersad recently participated in the International Low Vision Capacity Building Programme, a collaboration between the LV Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) in India, Standard Chartered Bank and the Brien Holden Vision Institute which aims to develop human resources at global level to meet the needs of the population that require low vision care and rehabilitation.
‘It is great honour to be a recipient of the Karolinska Fellowship as I find myself in the company of the most innovative, up-and-coming global scholars in medical education,’ said senior clinical psychology lecturer at UKZN, Dr Thirusha Naidu after receiving the new award from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.
UKZN’s Principal Technician in the Discipline of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care in the College of Health Sciences, Mr Naren Bhimsan presented a paper at the SimGHOSTS Conference in Miami titled: New Trend in Training: Taking Hi-Fidelity Simulation Cross-Country to Under-Resourced Anesthetists.
The 2019 “Champions Cohort” of businessmen and women has promised to “grow seeds planted” during a year-long development programme and to partner with UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) in upscaling the initiative.