27 October 2017
Volume: 5
Issue: 57

UKZN Griot. Of Climate Change and Extinction

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Dealing with the stupidity of daily life in my commercial transactions I have come to the conclusion that climate change is not really an issue.

A Chemistry demonstration for high school learners in Pietermaritzburg in 2017.

UKZN Ranked the Best for Physical and Chemical Sciences and Engineering

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The University Ranking by Academic Performance (URAP) for 2016-17 has ranked 16 South African universities amongst 2 500 Higher Education Institutions (HEI) across the world, and placed the University of KwaZulu-Natal at the top of the pile in the Physical Sciences, Chemical Sciences, Chemical Engineering and Engineering field rankings for South Africa.

Abafundi bezokwelapha ngokwelula neziguli eklinikhi eMadadeni.

Abafundi Bonyaka Wesine Weziqu Kwezokwelapha Ngokwelula Bathokozele i-DCTP eMadadeni

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Iqembu labafundi beziqu zokwelapha ngokwelula bathokoze kakhulu kulandela abakuzuzile ngesikhathi beqeqeqshwa njengengxenye yohlelo i-Decentralised Clinical Training eMadadeni, budebuduze ne-Newcastle.

AyoNotic Artistry pictured with Dr Albert van Jaarsveld and their works of art.

Students Turn their Residence Rooms into Art Studios

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A Valentine’s day portrait commissioned in 2015 for the princely sum of R50 was the first piece of art sold by a group of intrepid, self-taught artists at UKZN. AyoNotic Artistry has come a long way since then – celebrities including Cassper Nyovest; Expresso Show’s Zoë Brown and South African rapper Rikhado “Riky Rick” Makhado have commissioned works of art and their paintings grace the walls at the University.

Young scientists with their lecturers.

SHS Research Day Showcases Profound Student Research

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A total of 10 research presentations by final-year students from each of the School of Health Sciences disciplines were heard by adjudicators at this year’s Young Health Scientists Research Symposium on the Westville campus.

Professor David Mcquoid-Mason with Turkish Law teachers at the training.

Law Professor Trains Turkish Academics on Clinical Law and Street Law Programmes

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Professor David McQuoid-Mason, the Acting Director, UKZN Centre for Socio-Legal Studies conducted a four day Clinical Law and Street Law Teaching Programme for Turkish Law teachers from five universities in Ankara, Turkey from 12 to 15 October 2017. He was assisted by two Turkish Law teachers whom he had previously trained and who had been hosted by him in South Africa as part of a visiting academic delegation.

UKZN HIV and AIDS celebrates abstinence through culture diversity.

Students Promote Abstinence from Drugs and Sex

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) Abstinence Forum, which functions under the HIV and AIDS Programme, recently hosted a celebration of abstinence. The event, which celebrated abstinence from the perspective of different African cultures, was held at the Howard College campus during Heritage month.

Dr Mohamed Dalwai flanked by UKZN SAMSA members and friends of the MSF Southern Africa.

MSF Southern Africa Former President Inspire UKZN

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The South African Medical Students Association (SAMSA) together with Golden Key International Honour Society recently hosted the renowned international guest speaker and innovator Dr Mohammed Dalwai.

Tackling assessing challenges.

Academics in the School of Clinical Medicine Tackle Assessment Challenges

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Academic staff from the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of KwaZulu-Natal recently gathered at the Nelson R. Mandela School of Medicine to share their experiences around processes and principles of managing learner assessments. The discussion was facilitated by Professor Thifheli Luvhengo, Adjunct Professor at the University of Witwatersrand (Wits).

Centre for Visual Arts students celebrate the opening of their undergraduate exhibition at the Jack Heath Gallery.

Student Artists Exhibit at UKZN

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An exhibition of students’ work, mainly by undergraduates, and curated by the students themselves is currently underway at the Jack Heath Gallery on UKZN’s Pietermaritzburg campus.

From left: Professor Sreekantha Jonnalagadda, Professor Hussein Shimelis, Professor Precious Sibanda, Professor Amir Hossein Mohammadi and Professor Johannes van Staden.

CAES Top Researchers Contribute to World-Class Research

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In September, the University of KwaZulu-Natal congratulated its top performing researchers for 2016. Of the 30 researchers honoured, 16 are based in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, where they are conducting important research in the Schools of Chemistry and Physics (SCP), Life Sciences (SLS), Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS), Engineering, and Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES).

Ms Nosipho Bele makes the 2017 Top 100 list of The Young Independents (TYI).

Education Lecturer Makes The Young Independents (TYI) Top 100

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Lecturer in the School of Education, Ms Nosipho Bele has made the 2017 Top 100 list of The Young Independents (TYI). Launched in 2015, by the Independent Media Group, TYI captures exciting youth-driven initiatives locally and across the continent. This is a platform created by the youth, for the youth.

IBS presentation participants and award winning group.

Students Challenged to Think Entrepreneurially at IBS Awards

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The School of Accounting, Economics and Finance recently hosted the annual Integrated Business Studies (IBS) presentation and awards ceremony for first year Business Science students.

Participants pictured at the ULPDO/UKhozi FM Workshop at UKZN’s Howard College campus.

IsiZulu and UKhozi FM take Centre Stage at UKZN

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted a workshop for Ukhozi FM on the standard use of isiZulu on the radio. The workshop was held at UKZN’s Howard College campus on 11 October.

From left: Dr Heather Zar, Head Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, Red Cross Children’s Hospital, University of Cape Town; Dr Reratilwe Mphahlele; Dr Amaka Enemuo, Top 5 Presentation Awardee and Dr Adnan Custovic, President, CIPP XVI.

Dr Mphahlele puts UKZN on the Map with Cystic Fibrosis Study

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The School of Clinical Medicine’s Paediatrics and Child Health Junior Lecturer, Dr Reratilwe Mphahlele’s poster presentation on Cystic Fibrosis (CF) in South Africa, made the top five at the 16th International Congress on Paediatric Pulmonology (CIPPXVI) held recently in Lisbon, Portugal.

Artists to perform at the 29th Annual Jazz Jol.

29th Annual Jazz Jol at UKZN

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UKZN’s Centre for Jazz and Popular Music (CJPM) will host its highly anticipated 29th annual Jazz Jol on 27 October at the CJPM. This year’s popular music event features a variety of talented musicians including Sweet Concept (a UKZN Alumni Band), UKZN Vocal Group and UKZN’s Big Band along with a selection of students taking to the stage in an evening tailor-made for lovers of jazz and popular music.

Students being recognised for their sterling work.

Student Excellence Awards Ignite Passion for Success

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In pursuit of innovation and inclusive growth, the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal revived the culture of learning through hosting yet another Student Excellence Awards ceremony recently.

Participants in the Learning Barriers Workshop.

School of Education hosts Learning Barriers Workshop

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As part of its community engagement portfolio, the School of Education recently hosted the initial learning barriers workshop.  The workshop was the brainchild of Dr Angela James, Dr Linda Jairam and Durban East Primary School Acting Deputy Principal Mrs Nabie Khan

Participants of the Mental Health Walk 2017.

KZN Mental Health Advocacy Group hosts a Healthy Walk

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The KwaZulu-Natal Mental Health Advocacy group recently hosted a successful second annual mental health walk.

FoMSf hosted a successful annual community wellness day in Cato Manor.

UKZN Friends of MSF Reinforce Health Education in Cato Manor

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The UKZN Friends of Medecins Sans Frontieres (FoMSf) recently hosted an annual community wellness day in Cato Manor, Durban.