24 May 2024
Volume: 12
Issue: 15
UKZN ranked 4th in South Africa in the Center for World University Rankings.

UKZN Ranks in the Top 2.4 Percent Globally

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UKZN ranks in the top 2.4% out of 20 966 universities worldwide according to the 2024 edition of the outcome-based Global 2000 list by the Center for World University Rankings.


Integrating Entrepreneurship into Teaching, Learning and Research

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Growing up in a rural area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, I remember a cousin of mine finishing school with a matric qualification.

Scenes from the KwaZulu-Natal Gynae-Oncology Update.

2024 Gynae-Oncology Update Aims to Make Impact in Women’s Health

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UKZN’s Discipline of Obstetrics and Gynaecology hosted the 2024 KwaZulu-Natal Gynae-Oncology Update giving healthcare professionals, researchers and clinicians from the around the country the opportunity to address issues pertaining to women’s reproductive health, share advancements in medical practice and technology, and engage in discussions about clinical cases.

Clockwise from top left: Dr Rushil Raghavjee, Ms Sithembile Khuzwayo, Mr Mfumaneko Nontangana and Ms Michelle Premjit.

UKZN Celebrates Staff Graduates

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The College of Law and Management Studies recognises and celebrates the achievements of the following UKZN staff members who graduated during the 2024 Autumn Graduation ceremonies.

Dr Sibongile Nhlapho.

Education is the Key - PhD Graduate

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Poverty, Inequality and Access to Land: The Lived Realities of Women in Rural KwaZulu-Natal formed the focus of a thesis which rewarded Ms Sibongile Nhlapho with a Doctorate in Public Policy.

Dr Nonkululeko Gcabashe.

UKZN Lecturer Awarded Optometry PhD Focusing on the Management of Keratoconus

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Lecturer Dr Nonkululeko Gcabashe was awarded a PhD in Optometry for her thesis titled: A Keratoconus Management Framework for the Public Sector in KwaZulu-Natal which addresses critical gaps in eye care services and offers innovative solutions for managing keratoconus (KC) patients in public health facilities.

Dr Imran Paruk.

Understanding Atypical Diabetes and Diabetes in the Youth

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There is an alarming increase in what health experts have coined “atypical diabetes” as well as diabetes in the youth due to factors such as obesity which have not been very common in recent decades, says Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital specialist consultant Dr Imran Paruk.

Delegates attending the two-day workshop.

New African HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Health Implementation Research Institute

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An implementation science training hub, the African HIV, Infectious Diseases and Global Health Implementation Research Institute (Afri-HIGH-IRI), has opened at UKZN and the University of Zambia (UNZA).

Ms Nokwabelo Mabaso recently obtained her Postgraduate Diploma in Human Resources Management.

Graduate Determined to Change Perceptions about Students with Disabilities

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I grew up in a society where people living with disabilities were often regarded as psychologically troubled and dependent.

From left: Dr Ayanda Makhaye, Professor Mogie Subban, Dr Haseena Majid and Dr Nomachule Lombo at UKZN’s Autumn Graduation.

Three Public Administration Doctoral Students Graduate

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Three female doctoral students in Public Administration graduated from UKZN under the supervision of Professor Mogie Subban, Academic Programme Co-ordinator in the Discipline of Public Governance in the College of Law and Management Studies.

Workshop at the Medical School’s dissection hall.

Workshop for SA’s Ear, Nose, Throat and Neck Surgeons

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There is a shortage of otorhinolaryngologists - medical specialists with expertise in managing issues involving the throat, larynx, and oesophagus, including voice, speech, and swallowing difficulties.

Dr December Mandlenkosi Mpanza.

UKZN Academic Earns PhD for Research on Substance Use Disorder

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Occupational Therapy Academic Leader at UKZN Dr December Mandlenkosi Mpanza has reached a significant milestone in his career by obtaining a PhD in Occupational Therapy.

Delegates of the UKZN DAAD Exchange Programme.

UKZN DAAD Exchange Programme Hosts Six PhD Students

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The School of Applied Human Sciences (Social Work Discipline) hosted six doctoral students from Zimbabwe, Germany, Johannesburg, and Swaziland as part of the UKZN German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Programme.

International guest lecturer Dr Emilia Vann Yaroson shares her research with UKZN’s supply chain management students.

Supply Chain Management Focus of International Guest Lecture

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In spite of all the challenges Africa faces, innovative and technological solutions could soon be at its finger tips.

At the meeting were (from left) Professor Cecile Gerwel Proches, GSB&L; Professor Purshottama Reddy; Mr Zakhele Ndlovu; Mr Neville Matjie; Professor Collete Muller; Ms Melanie Veness; and Mr Ebrahim Patel.

Impact of the National Elections on the Business Sector - Where is SA Headed?

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KwaZulu-Natal business leaders and academics weighed in on issues affecting local and national business sectors ahead of - and after - the 2024 elections at a breakfast meeting in Durban.

Professor Tom Walingo officially opens the new Design Lab in the Discipline of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering.

Innovating for the Future: UKZN’s New Design Lab

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UKZN’s Discipline of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (EECE) has launched its new Design Lab - an innovative facility which will support and enhance both student learning and project development.

UKZN SAICA 2024 awards recipients.

Top Students Recognised at UKZN SAICA Awards

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Forty-six students from the School of Accounting, Economics, and Finance (SAEF) were recently honoured across different categories for their outstanding dedication and accomplishments in first, second and third-year as well as postgraduate studies in Accounting during the UKZN SA Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) Awards event.

Professor Joyce Chitja delivers the keynote address.

Seeking Solutions to Food Insecurity Part of World IP Day Events

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In honour of World Intellectual Property (IP) Day, UKZN InQubate, the University’s Technology Transfer Office, hosted a workshop focused on addressing the pressing global issues of food insecurity and undernourishment.

From left: Professor Busi Bhengu, Dr Tusiwe Gqaleni, and College of Health Sciences Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Busi Ncama.

UKZN Lecturer Triumphs with PhD in Nursing

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In what is seen as a big plus for patient safety in specialised care units, UKZN lecturer Dr Tusiwe Gqaleni, has graduated with a PhD in Nursing for her study titled: Analysing the Implementation of Patient Safety Incident Reporting and Learning Guidelines in Specialised Care Units in Selected Hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal.

Dr Sizwe Mbona and his wife, Ms Thulisile Mbona.

Doctoral Degree for Research into Multidrug Resistance to TB and HIV

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Conducting research into patients with a confirmed diagnosis of multidrug resistance to tuberculosis (MDR-TB) and HIV in KwaZulu-Natal earned Dr Sizwe Mbona his doctoral degree.

UKZN’s Anatomy and Physiology Disciplines raising brain awareness during a beach walk.

Raising Brain Awareness on Durban’s Beachfront

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This Brain Awareness Week, UKZN’s Anatomy and Physiology Disciplines, embarked on a fun-filled Brain Awareness Walk along Durban’s beachfront.

Dr Ciara Staunton (fourth from left), Professor Donrich Thaldar and Professor Veron Ramsuran seen with the audience participants.

European Health Data Space and its Impact on EU/SA Collaborative Research

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An informative presentation on the European Health Data Space and its impact on European Union (EU)-South African collaborative research was hosted by UKZN’s College of Health Science’s (CHS) research office under the leadership of Professor Anil Chuturgoon.

Professor Jochen Zeller.

Locality in Language the Focus of Inaugural Lecture

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The presentation of an inaugural lecture is a significant milestone in an academic’s career, and so it was for Professor Jochen Zeller, a Professor of Linguistics within UKZN’s School of Arts when he spoke on: Locality in Language.

Mr Ronewa Mabodi.

From Electrical Engineering to Data Science - Postgraduate’s Inspirational Academic Journey

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Mr Ronewa Mabodi graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Data Science from the Discipline of Statistics, in UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science.

Dr Langelihle Mazibuko.

The Mathematical Journey of Dr Langelihle Mazibuko

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In the complex world of mathematical intricacies, a few individuals emerge as an inspiration, navigating the depths of abstraction with finesse and precision - Dr Langelihle Mazibuko is one of those, standing out as a testament of inspiration, having been awarded a Doctor of Philosophy in Mathematics from UKZN.

Panelists in discussion at the IP Meets Art event (from left): Mr Ntuthuko Ndebele, Mr Luyanda Zindela, Mr Thando Nyameni, Ms Vanessa van Coppenhagen, and South African music artist, Zakwe.

Intersection of Intellectual Property and the Arts Explored

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UKZN InQubate, under the Entrepreneurship Skills Programme (ENSPIRE), hosted an event aimed at exploring the crucial intersection of intellectual property (IP) and the Arts.

AUF Regional Committee of Economic and Scientific Experts with UKZN staff members.

Health and Sustainable Development Subject Matter of AUF Workshop

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UKZN, a member of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF) for the Southern Africa/Indian Ocean region, hosted the Regional Committee of Economic and Scientific Experts of the agency for a design workshop themed: Health and Sustainable Development.