12 March 2015
Volume: 3
Issue: 7
Newly installed UKZN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld.

UKZN Vice-Chancellor Pledges Support for Deserving Students

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Newly-installed Vice-Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarveld, has committed UKZN to continuing to ‘fight for approaches and resources to ensure the success in a sustainable fashion of the maximum number of underprivileged and academically sound students’.

UKZN’s Facebook page was a hive of activity as Dr van Jaarsveld was sworn in as the new VC.

Twitterati Applaud UKZN’s New VC

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Installation Video

Universities have come a long way from those of yesteryear. While formal communiques will always have their place at traditional universities, social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube have become the new age way of communicating with students and alumni.

Advocate Gerrie Nel signing autographs for excited UKZN Law students.

Vital for People to See Justice Being Done – Advocate Gerrie Nel

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‘Everyday, you can make justice happen.’ This was National Prosecuting Authority’s Advocate Gerrie Nel’s inspirational message to UKZN’s Law students during his recent visit to the University’s Law School.

Participants at the UKZN seminar on Evidence-Based Practice.

Seminar Highlights Need for Evidence-Based Practice in Health Sciences

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Staff, students and a host of healthcare practitioners attended a seminar on Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) organised by the Discipline of Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) and presented by Professor Ralf Schlosser of the United States.

Professor Steve Johnson (left) and Dr Benny Bytebier with their newly released book: Orchids of South Africa – A Field Guide.

New Field Guide to SA Orchids by UKZN Botanists

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UKZN Botanists, Professor Steve Johnson and Dr Benny Bytebier, both of the School of Life Sciences on the Pietermaritzburg campus, have just released a new book titled: Orchids of South Africa – A Field Guide.

Mr Bhekisisa Maxwell Thabethe.

Academic’s Research in Deaf School Commended by MEC

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Lecturer within the School of Education, Mr Bhekisisa Maxwell Thabethe recently made a request to the provincial Department of Education to conduct research in a deaf school and was thereby given the green light for his study that tackles teaching Technology and Mathematics within such schools.

Sixth-year MBChB students at their feedback session meeting.

Medical Students Enjoy Rural Experience

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Final-year medical students at UKZN’s College of Health Sciences now have a six-week attachment in one of ten rural district Hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal as part of the new MBChB curriculum (MBChB Curriculum 2010).

Religion and Migration research team members (from left) Mr Quinton Marlowe, Mr Mark Mapaketi, Mr Delipher Manda, Ms Buhle Mpofu and Dr Federico Settler.

Research Project Launched on Religion and Migration

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UKZN academic Dr Federico Settler and a group of postgraduate students in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics on the Pietermaritzburg campus have launched the University’s first-ever programme focusing on the study of Religion and Migration.

UKZN Lecturer, Mr Andy Gray.

UKZN Lecturer Appointed to Medicines Control Council

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Senior Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Mr Andy Gray, has been appointed to serve on the Medicines Control Council (MCC) of South Africa.

Mr Ezra Mutegeki.

Study Contributes New Knowledge to National Malaria Control Programme

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A study recently completed by UKZN Masters student, Mr Ezra Mutegeki, examined the knowledge women living in the Mgedula Village of Jozini in the uMkhanyakude District have about malaria as well as their attitudes and practices towards the disease.

Science and Technology’s Minister Naledi Pandor congratulates UKZN Vice-Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld during his Installation on 7 March.

New UKZN Vice-Chancellor Receives Widespread Support

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Representatives of Government, business, Higher Education and student council sectors delivered messages of support for newly-installed UKZN Vice-Chancellor, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, during his Installation ceremony on the Westville campus.

Mnu Musa Kika.

Ugqozi LokuCwaninga Lukhuphulele Umfundi WezoMthetho Emazingeni Aphezulu

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Ukuqokwa kowayengumfundi wezomthetho uMnu Musa Kika njengoMsizimcwaningi ophikweni lwezokuPhatha Ngentandoyeningi kanye Namalungelo  kuzomsiza ukuthi aqhubeke nento ayithandayo okungamalungelo abantu, umthetho wezomthethosisekelo nomthetho wezokuphatha.

Dr Johannes Bodenstein.

Pharmaceutical Sciences Lecturer Receives NRF Rating

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Senior Pharmaceutical Sciences Lecturer, Dr Johannes Bodenstein, has joined top researchers in his field after being awarded a C3-rating by the National Research Foundation (NRF).

Participants at the Indigenous Knowledge Systems stakeholder meeting on the Howard College campus.

Documenting Traditional Knowledge for Future Generations

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A stakeholders’ workshop on the documentation of Indigenous Knowledge Systems in KwaZulu-Natal was held in the Traditional Medicine Boardroom on UKZN’s Howard College campus.

Staff and postgraduate students that attended the presentations on the study and research opportunities in Europe.

Overseas Study Opportunities for UKZN Staff and Students

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Staff and postgraduate students were alerted to study and research opportunities in Europe during an information session held recently at UKZN’s Westville Campus coordinated by the institutions International Office.

Dentistry Lecturer, Mrs Moganavelli Reddy.

UKZN Academic to Present Oral Health Research Findings in Spain

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UKZN Dentistry Lecturer, Mrs Moganavelli Reddy, is to present her award-winning doctoral research at a Euro Dental Congress in Spain.

Professor Emeritus Michael Martin: Plant Pathologist, husband, father and devout Christian.

Death of Renowned UKZN Plant Pathologist

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Head of the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology at the Faculty of Agriculture on the Pietermaritzburg campus of the former University of Natal from 1977 to 1987, Professor Emeritus Michael Menne Martin, passed away peacefully aged 87, surrounded by his family.

Psychological Society of South Africa representatives with Ms Lucinda Johns (sixth left), and UKZN Psychology students.

PsySSA Visits UKZN Psychology Department

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The Psychological Society of South Africa (PsySSA) - the professional body representing all psychology professionals in South Africa - recently visited UKZN’s Department of Psychology in Durban and Pietermaritzburg as part of the Society’s annual presidential road show.