11 August 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 37
Professor Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu.

UKZN Academic is SA’s First Black Female Full Professor in Town and Regional Planning

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In a series of firsts, Professor Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu has propelled herself to the top of her field and made history as the first Black woman in South Africa to obtain a full professorship in Town and Regional Planning, adding to her previous status as the first Black woman in the country to hold a PhD in regional planning from UKZN.

Podcast panellists from left: Dr Bonginkosi Mafuze, Professor Suvira Ramlall, Mr Sabelo Gumede, Dr Judy Dlamini, and Ms Bhavna Devipersad (on the screen).

Doctors of Minds at UKZN Launch Mental Health Podcast

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A new podcast aimed at mental health education, promotion, and prevention was launched at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine by UKZN alumni and mental health service providers who are part of Doctors of Minds (DoM).

From left: Mr Mxolisi Radebe (DSU), Ms Azraa Ebrahim, Ms Margie Naidoo (DSU), Ms Asiphe Khumbula, Mr Siphosethu Ndlovu, Mrs Bukiwe Biyela (UKZN Foundation), and Mr Mandla Dlamini (DSU).

UKZN Foundation Helps to Keep the Wheels Turning

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Essential skills training for blind and partially sighted students and those with disabilities at UKZN has received a significant boost thanks to a generous contribution from the UKZN Foundation.

UKZN recently hosted successful University Open Days on the Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses.

UKZN Inspires Feeder School Pupils to Greatness

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UKZN pulled out all the stops to showcase its facilities and academic offerings to interested school pupils at University Open Days held on the Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses over two successive Saturdays.

Highlights from the Great Science Show-Off.

Science Rocks at UKZN!

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Science boffins descended on UKZN’s Westville campus for the Great Science Show-Off and an entertaining evening with some of the University’s top scientists.

Drs Zandile Shezi and Andile Sibiya at the conference.

Academics Represent KZN at Paediatric Cochlear Implantation Symposium

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UKZN Ear and Hearing Care advocates, Audiologist Dr Zandile Shezi and Otolaryngologist (Ear, nose and throat - ENT) surgeon Dr Andile Sibiya, represented KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) at the European Symposium on Paediatric Cochlear Implantation (ESPCI), the largest conference on cochlear implants for children, in Rotterdam, in June.

The Nursing team that claimed second place victory at the UNIZULU Nurse’s tournament.

Nursing Students Dominate Sports Tournament

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Nursing students at UKZN demonstrated their sporting prowess at the University of Zululand (UNIZULU) sports tournament on 29 July where they competed in netball and soccer.

UKZN’s Touch Hand team from left: Mr Siyabonga Masiza, Mr Laveshen Naidoo, Mr Asanda Ngubane, Professor Riaan Stopforth, Mr Siphosethu Khuzwayo, Mr Nkosingiphile Khuzwayo, and Dr Daniel Kirkman.

UKZN’s Touch Hand Garners Industry Support

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An assistive technology project pioneered by UKZN in collaboration with Nelson Mandela University (NMU) that is developing the “Touch Hand” mechanised prosthetic hand is being sponsored by RS South Africa, a leading company providing industrial product and service solutions.

Professor Naven Chetty (fourth from left standing) and Dr Boby Varghese (second from left sitting) with FAIR national and international delegates during the kickoff meeting at the University of Johannesburg.

CAES Bags Yet Another EU Project

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UKZN academics Dr Boby Varghese the head of the Centre for Academic Success in Science and Engineering in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) and Professor Naven Chetty, the College Dean of Teaching and Learning, have secured another prestigious ERASMUS+ grant as part of a multi-national consortium.

UKZN academics involved in Erasmus+ programme to strengthen Engineering and Business curricula.

ERASMUS+ Programme to Strengthen Engineering and Business Curricula

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The DECART (Designing Higher Education Curricula for Agility, Resilience and Transformation) research and innovation project is an international co-operation partnership initiative funded under the European Commission’s ERASMUS+ programme.

Professor Anil Sooklal (centre, top row) and below (from left) Professor Nirmala Gopal, Professor Sarah Mosoetsa, and Ms Normah Zondo at the public lecture.

Public Lecture Unpacks South Africa’s Position in BRICS

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Delivering a stimulating public lecture at UKZN, Ambassador at Large: Asia and BRICS at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, Professor Anil Sooklal said BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa group) has become a powerful global force that is bringing change to the world.

Professor Oliver Mtapuri.

Inaugural Lecture Calls for the Use of Theories Rooted in African Knowledge

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The inaugural lecture presented by Professor Oliver Mtapuri of the School of Built Environment and Development Studies focused on Advanced Research Methods, Poverty and Inequality, Development Management, and the Political Economy of the Welfare State.

Delegates at the DAAD Symposium.

Social Work Discipline Participates in DAAD Student Exchange Programme

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Dr Maud Mthembu, a senior lecturer at UKZN’s Department of Social Work and a group of social work postgraduate students attended a nine-day postgraduate student exchange programme in Johannesburg.

Professor Suresh Canagarajah.

Language and Arts Cluster hosts Pennsylvania State University Lecturer

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The Language and Arts Cluster in UKZN’s School of Education hosted two lectures by Professor Suresh Canagarajah of Applied Linguistics, English, and Asian Studies at Pennsylvania State University.