31 March 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 9
Mr Sanele Zuma and Mrs Shelley Barnsley from UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science present at the Campus Safety, Security and Student Retention Conference.

Link Between Campus Safety, Security and Student Retention Under the Spotlight

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The important issue of safety and security on university campuses and how it affects student retention and performance came under the spotlight at a recent conference organised by Business Solutions Southern Africa, a leading provider of professional development training programmes. 

Professor Manoj Maharaj chairing the student wellness session at the Colloquium.

School of Management, IT and Governance Academics Represent UKZN at the University of Mauritius

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UKZN, through the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance has a strong partnership with the University of Mauritius (UoM) solidified by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions which creates a valuable framework for collaboration, and knowledge exchange.

Highlights of the Accounting Professions Day held on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses.

Accounting Students Interact with Potential Employers at Accounting Professions Day

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Students on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses engaged with representatives from various accounting and auditing firms during UKZN’s annual Accounting Professions Day.

Staff and students get ready for the UKZN Data Science Hackathon 2023.


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The Teaching and Learning Office of UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science recently hosted a four-day Data Science Hackathon event at the UNITE Building on the Howard College campus. 

From left: Professor Lee Miller, Associate Dean for Student Affairs, David Geffen Medical School, UCLA; with UKZN’s Professor Bernhard Gaede, Dr Lungile Hobe, and Dr Thandaza Nkabinde on the UCLA campus.

UKZN-UCLA Partnership Builds on Student Electives

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A team from UKZN’s Department of Family Medicine recently visited the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), USA, to enhance collaboration and student exchange between the two institutions.

Mr Faizal Chavoos (left) and Professor Job Dubihlela at the professional development training workshop.

Graduate School of Business and Leadership Hosts Key Manufacturing Sector Stakeholders

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Southern Africa’s sole manufacturer of aluminium zinc-coated steel coils Safal Steel organised a professional development training workshop at the Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) as a first step towards building a relationship with the unit.

From left: Mr Kwanele Mazibuko, Ms Owethu Mthethwa and Mr Mvelo Zuma.

The Importance of Human Rights Day to Law Students

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The study of Law requires critical thinking and profound analysis skills coupled with the tendency of always questioning things beyond a one-dimensional perspective, which is normally the case with people in general. It demands discipline, sound moral projection and the deeper understanding of everyday choices in connection to their subsequent consequences. It is for such a reason and understanding that I found myself opting to further my education in Law.

Moot Club Food drive.

Law Students Organise a Successful Food Security Drive

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A food drive championed by the Moot Club, a Law student-driven initiative, successfully assisted students in finalising their accommodation during the registration period.

Educators at the CAES Bridging the Gap secondary school engagement sessions in Durban and Pietermaritzburg.

CAES Bridges the Gap Between Secondary and Tertiary Education Sectors

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UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science recently hosted two curriculum conversations with Durban and Pietermaritzburg secondary school educators titled Bridging the Gap. 

Highlights from the Indlondlo Cultural Village tour.

International Students Immersed in the Zulu Culture

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The International Relations Office hosted a Zulu cultural tour for international students from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, Sudan, France, South Korea and Brazil who have recently joined the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

From left: Professor Mabutho Sibanda, Mr Sithembiso Freeman Nomvalo, Professor Gordon Dash and Professor Managay Reddi.

International Conference on Business Resilience, Continuity and Regeneration

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Business rescue experts, academics, postgraduate students, practitioner-researchers and entrepreneurs from all four corners of the world exchanged research results and problem-solving approaches on the issues surrounding business rescue at the inaugural International Conference on Business Resilience, Continuity and Regeneration during and after the COVID-19 Pandemic hosted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s (UKZN) Business Rescue Unit (BRU) at the Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani Hotel from 22 - 24 March 2023 in the picturesque, vibrant coastal city of Durban, South Africa.

From left: Dr Maud Mthembu, Professor Michael Boecker and Dr Ela Gandhi.

UKZN Social Work Discipline Renews Internationalisation for Building Competencies Project

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Social Work Senior lecturer, Dr Maud Mthembu, recently hosted Professor Michael Boecker from Fachhochschule Dortmund University, Germany, and Dr Ela Gandhi, granddaughter of Mahatma Gandhi, as part of the Internationalisation for Building Competencies project (IFBC) - a partnership between UKZN, Fachhochschule Dortmund University, the University of Johannesburg, and Midlands State University, Zimbabwe.

Highlights from Professor Konstantinos Nikolantonakis’s visit to UKZN.

School of Education Hosts Visiting Academic as Part of Erasmus+ Academic Mobility Programme

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The School of Education recently hosted Professor Konstantinos Nikolantonakis from the University of Western Macedonia, Greece, as part of the Erasmus+ Academic Mobility Programme.

Dr Jessica Goebel explored the possible implications of ChatGPT in writing.

SAEF Zooms in on AI in Tertiary Education

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Following the launch of ChatGPT and a panel discussion hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Teaching and Learning in February, the School of Accounting, Economics, and Finance (SAEF) hosted a virtual brainstorming session for academics to examine the impact of ChatGPT in teaching, learning and research practices on 9 March.

Professor Rituparno Goswami.

Gravitating Towards the Mysteries of Gravity

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Professor Rituparno Goswami, Academic Leader of Research in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, has been inaugurated into UKZN’s professoriate.