26 October 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 56
Shavathon and blood stem donor drives.

Fighting Cancer Together

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In a world where community involvement and support for those in need play a pivotal role, the UKZN Corporate Relations Division collaborated with the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) and Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei (DKMS) to make a difference in the lives of those affected by cancer and other various blood-health challenges through the Shavathon Drive and Blood Cell Donor Drive.

Students get a chance to view the rat model microscopically.

Postgraduates Learn New Blood Pressure Measurement Technique to Enhance their Research

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UKZN’s Biomedical Resources Unit (BRU), which falls under the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences (SLMMS), again held one of its stimulating workshops, this time partnering with Lasec in collaboration with data acquisition and analysis systems producer, ADInstruments, to expose postgraduate students to an invasive blood pressure measurement technique that will assist them in achieving more accurate results in their various research projects and prospective studies.

From left: Professor Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan, Dr Ntokozo Mkhize-Mthembu and Dr Makie Kortjass.

Co-Authorship in Research Contributes to SAs Education System

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School of Education academics, Dr Ntokozo Mkhize-Mthembu and Dr Makie Kortjass’s co-authorship of the paper titled: Drawing as a Method for Educators Researching Childhoods: Insights from South Africa serves as a demonstration of the duo’s commitment to transforming South Africa’s educational history at the British Educational Research Association (BERA) Symposium.

Professor Naven Chetty with Mrs Phumzile Majozi; Dr Nkosinathi Dlamini, School of Chemistry and Physics and Mr Yougan Aungamuthu, Centre for Academic Success in Science and Engineering and Zamazulu Secondary School pupils.

Matric Helpline Spring School Helps Get Learners in Gear for Upcoming Exams

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October 2, 2023 marked the commencement of the inaugural Spring School programme organised by the Matric Helpline team within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES).

UKZN Tourism students enjoyed a fieldtrip to various heritage sites on the KZN North Coast.

UKZN Tourism Students Exposed to a Practical Experience of Heritage Sites Around KZN

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Level 2 UKZN Tourism students went on a weekend-long fieldtrip to visit various heritage sites in the North Coastal Region of KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure, the Honourable Mr Sihle Zikalala delivering the keynote address at the Annual CLMS Research Day.

SDG’s for Higher Education Institutions Spotlighted at the Annual Research Day

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UKZN’s College of Law and Management Studies recently hosted an all-day hybrid Research Day centered around the theme: ‘Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 for Higher Education Institutions Post-COVID-19 Pandemic.’

Teaming up to take eye-care services to the community.

Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy and Glaucoma in Rural KZN during World Sight Week

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‘Glaucoma and a diabetes complication that affects the eyes known as diabetic retinopathy are the leading causes of irreversible blindness. The prevalence of these conditions is expected to increase over the coming years as people live longer, yet strategies required to effectively screen for these conditions are lacking, particularly in rural communities.’

Previous participants preparing for the Finals of the 2022 competition.

UKZN Hosts “Inspiring Impact Challenge”

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is gearing up for the Finals of the 2023 UKZN Inspiring Impact Challenge - an annual competition showcasing initiatives by UKZN students, staff, and alumni.

Dedicated master’s student Mr Shridhar Singh explores the use of ZKPs.

Pioneering Zero Knowledge Cryptography for Authenticating Large-Language Models

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In the evolving landscape of computer science, a dedicated master’s student, Mr Shridhar Singh, is making waves in the field of Generative Large-Language Models (LLMs) and revolutionising the way humans interact with artificial intelligence.

ASASWEI International Conference.

International Social Work Conference

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The Association of South African Social Work Education Institutions (ASASWEI) in partnership with the University of KwaZulu-Natal, the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Social Development and other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa recently hosted an International Social Work Conference at the Elangeni Southern Sun Hotel in Durban.

Guest speaker, Professor Hlonipha Mokoena (left) with the only photograph of Magema Fuze taken in 1920.

Killie Campbell Lecture Explores the Life and Times of the First IsiZulu Author, Magema Fuze

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Obscurity - The Life and Times of Magema Fuze, was the title of the Dr Killie Campbell Memorial Lecture which was hosted virtually in collaboration with UKZN and the Campbell Collection.

Master’s student Mr Mangaliso Moses Mngomezulu delves into the world of space science, with the study of Solar Flare Predictions.

A Trailblazing Journey in Solar Flare Prediction

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In the growing world of computer science, there are individuals whose relentless pursuit of knowledge and innovation inspires the entire field.

Ms Siphosethu Fela.

Honours Research Study Earns UKZN Student a Spot at ASRSA Conference

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A research study motivated by an interest in the decolonisation of African traditional religions has landed Ms Siphosethu Fela at the 44th Association for the Study of Religion in Southern Africa (ASRSA) Conference at the University of Cape Town.

Scenes at the Graffiti Wall event.

Students are Encouraged to Utilise Exam Preparation Activities Provided by Student Support Services

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At multi-campus activations, UKZN students engaged in conversations with College of Humanities psychologists, learned more about University life and graduate marketability, and produced an exquisite graffiti wall poster to be proudly displayed at Student Support Services offices.

Professor Paul-Francois Muzindutsi.

Inaugural Lecture Explores the Role of Investor’s Sentiment in Emerging Financial Markets Behaviour

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A recent inaugural lecture delivered by Professor Paul-Francois Muzindutsi from the Discipline of Finance within the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance (SAEF) in the College of Law and Management (CLMS), aimed to emphasise the importance of understanding investors sentiments in a fast-paced world of financial markets.

Supply Chain Management expert and researcher, Professor Micheline Naude.

Inaugural Lecture Explores Supply Chain Management Beyond 4IR

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Historical and future overviews of supply chain management were explored at the recent virtual inaugural lecture presented by Professor Micheline Naude from the School of Management, IT and Governance.

UKZN alumni and Alumni Relations staff members.

UKZN Alumni Lunch “Get-togethers” a Hit in KZN!

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UKZN’s series of alumni lunch “get-togethers”, which are proving incredibly successful and popular, will continue in the eThekwini area and spread to the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands as well as to other regions in South Africa in the coming months.

UKZN hosts Water Sisulu University’s Faculty of Health Sciences senior management.

Walter Sisulu University Benchmarks with UKZN’s College of Health Sciences

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The College of Health Sciences (CHS), together with the UKZN Registrar’s office, recently hosted a senior management team from Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU) Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS).

Physical Planning and Facilities Management Sport Day highlights.

Physical Planning and Facilities Management Sport Day Extravaganza

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UKZN Physical Planning and Facilities Management (PPFM) formally known as Campus Management Services recently held its annual Sports Day at the Howard College campus Gate 10 sports field.