23 November 2023
Volume: 11
Issue: 60
Farmers, facilitators, and staff from the Farmer Support Group celebrate the achievements of small-scale farmers at Zamani Garden, Msinga during the 2023 Food and Nutrition Fair.

Farmer Support Group Celebrates Successes in Msinga Communities

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UKZN’s Farmer Support Group (FSG), a community development, outreach and research unit based in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) hosted its Food and Nutrition Fair at Othobothini (Emafusini) in the Msinga Local Municipality where it works to help 19 smallholder farmer groups to achieve food security.

Attendees at the Mathematical and Bioinformatics Workshop.

Inaugural Mathematical and Bioinformatics Workshop a Resounding Success

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The School of Life Sciences hosted its first Mathematical and Bioinformatics Workshop recently. Led by Professor Moses Okpeku and his team, the initiative marked the dawn of a new era in out-of-classroom, non-degree training.

Scenes from the Instructional and Learning Design Expo.

“Game-on” for the Instructional and Learning Design Expo

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UKZN’s Teaching and Learning Office (UTLO) hosted an Instructional and Learning Design Expo, which was rolled out on all of its five campuses.

Mr Naren Bhimsan (second left) receiving the award at the conference in India.

International Recognition for World-Class Simulation

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The Simulated Modules in Anaesthesia and Resuscitation Training (SMART) Centre Manager at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital (IALCH) and UKZN’s Discipline of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Mr Naren Bhimsan, was awarded first prize for his presentation at the Human Patient Simulation Network (HPSN) in India, with special recognition of the Discipline’s 20-year contribution to hi-fidelity simulation globally.

Reflecting on a productive year.

Supporting First-Year Students’ Transition to Health Sciences Degrees

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The College of Health Sciences (CHS) Student Support Services (SSS) held its Academic Monitoring and Support (AMS) Annual Certificate and Appreciation Ceremony on 31 October, in recognition of the sterling role played by its 2023 staff and student mentors who worked tirelessly to achieve a successful first-year experience for incoming students by proactively supporting their holistic wellness.

Students at the certificate ceremony at Cedara College of Agriculture.

Certificate Ceremony Recognises Students’ Commitment to Personal Development

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UKZN and Cedara College of Agriculture hosted an event to acknowledge first-year students’ commitment to their personal and academic development by presenting them with certificates for completing a non-credit-bearing Student Development Programme (SDP).

Delegates at the 2023 e-MIG conference.

UKZN Co-Hosts e-MIG 2023 Conference

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UKZN academics and postgraduate students presented their research at the Conference on Global Trends in Management, Information Technology and Governance in an e-World (e-MIG 2023) held in Mauritius from 26-27 October under the theme: Resilience, Innovation and Management in a Turbulent Environment.

Dr Shushentha Naidoo.

Alumnus Presents at SAIMS Conference

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Management Potential P3: Possibilities, Pioneering and Progress was the theme of the Southern African Institute for Management Scientists’ (SAIMS) 34th conference hosted by Akademica.


Redefining Disability: Breaking Barriers and Embracing Abilities

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Disability, a term encompassing a wide range of conditions that impact individuals’ ability to function in daily life, often carries a negative connotation due to prevailing stereotypes and misconceptions.

Highlights from the BRICS SC and SWEEP Chapter launch.

UKZN Launches BRICS Student Commission and Student Women Economic Empowerment Project Chapter

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‘As students, continuously seek answers to the pressing questions of our time. Keep asking, keep probing, but always remember that merely dreaming and questioning are not enough to fulfil your aspirations...’

Professor Steve McKenna.

Public Lecture Unpacks Why HR Needs Disruptive Innovation

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The Discipline of Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations (HRM/IR) in the School of Management, Information Technology and Governance (SMIG) hosted a public lecture on the theme Shift: Why HR Needs Disruptive Innovation delivered by eminent international scholar Professor Steve McKenna of Curtin Business School, Curtin University in Perth, Australia.

From left: Professor Zanele Ngcobo, Ms Khensani Mokhari, Professor Ruth Hoskins and Mr Mgcini Sithole.

Humanities Honours AMS Contributions to Learning

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The College of Humanities’ Teaching and Learning Unit celebrated mentors, co-ordinators and students’ outstanding performance at its Academic Monitoring Support (AMS) awards ceremonies held on the Pietermaritzburg and Edgewood campuses.

Attendees at the postgraduate conference.

Humanities and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference

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Humanities and Social Sciences Conceptually-Relevant Research in African Contexts was the title of the two-day conference hosted by the College of Humanities which showcased the work of more than 100 emerging academics in the College.

Dr Nkosiyenzile Cele.

Reflections on a Dermatology Observership in the US

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Dr Nkosiyenzile Cele, a Dermatology registrar (specialist in training) at UKZN, is not only ecstatic to have recently passed his final exams, but is also celebrating his return from an enriching exchange programme at the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms Gloria Serobe.

Leveraging Diversity to Foster Inclusive Leadership and Empowerment

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UKZN’s Graduate School of Business and Leadership (GSB&L) hosted a webinar themed: Inclusive Leadership: Embracing Diversity and Fostering Collaborative Empowerment by Ms Gloria Serobe, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Women Investment Portfolio Holdings (WIPHOLD).

Mr Simangaliso Bayabonga Zulu during the eMIG Conference.

Conference Paper Tackles Climate Change

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A paper co-authored by PhD candidate Mr Simangaliso Bayabonga Zulu, and Academic Leader in the Discipline of Supply Chain and Marketing, Professor Maxwell Phiri received positive feedback at the Third International Conference on Global Trends in Management, Information Technology, and Governance in an e-World (e-MIG 2023) co-hosted by the Open University of Mauritius (OU) and the College of Law and Management Studies at UKZN in Mauritius.