08 November 2018
Volume: 6
Issue: 58
International delegates and UKZN staff members attended various events held as part of the inaugural International Partner Week.

UKZN Launches International Partner Week

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted national and international delegates during its inaugural International Partner Week held from 29 October to 1 November.

IDini yase-UKZN KwezobuNjiniyela, uSolwazi Glen Bright, noDkt Whitfield Green ophuma eMnyangweni WezeMfundo Ephakeme NokuQeqesha.

Isikole SezobuNjiniyela Siqale Umsebenzi Wokuguqula Uhlelozifundo

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IDini entsha yeSikole Sezobunjiniyela e-UKZN, uSolwazi Glen Bright, uqale umsebenzi wakhe ngokubamba umhlangano wokucobelelana ngolwazi lapho bekuguqulwa uhlelozifundo . Inhloso yalo mhlangano obubanjwe ngomhla wama-24 kuMfumfu 2018 bekuwukuhlela kabusha uhlelozifundo kwezobuNjiniyela ukuze lube nomthelela emphakathini futhi lufeze nezidingo eziguqukayo zezimbon. 

UKZN Academics heading the two Mellon Projects (clockwise) Professors Nobuhle Hlongwa, Stephen Mutula, Nogwaja Zulu, Maheshvari Naidu and Ernest Khalema.

Over R9 Million in Grants to College of Humanities

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The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) has been awarded a total of approximately R9.3 million (US$657 000) in grants by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for two Projects in the College of Humanities.

Ms Anda Dodo and some of her ceramic pieces on display at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg.

Fine Arts Student Exhibits Ceramic Works

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Master's in Fine Arts student Ms Anda Dodo recently showcased some of her ceramic pieces at the Jack Heath Gallery in Pietermaritzburg. This exhibition and walkabout is part of her research work.

Highlights from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies careers expo.

Careers Expo for Built Environment and Development Studies Students

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The School of Built Environment and Development Studies recently hosted a careers expo and workshop for its students. The event, held at the Howard College campus, exposed students to business opportunities; various careers in their choice of study; employment skills and knowledge; postgraduate course application procedures and requirements and allowed employers and sponsors to meet with their potential employees.

From left: Sr Ingrid Mkhize, Dr D Govender, Dr Takshita Sookan, Dr Keshena Naidoo, Sr Katz, Ms Dernal Naidoo and Ms Sindy Shabalala.

Diabetic Patients at Wentworth Hospital Get Fit with Biokineticists

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The College of Health Sciences’ Departments of Family Medicine and Biokinetics, Exercise and Leisure Sciences recently partnered with Wentworth Hospital’s Diabetic clinic to provide supervised exercise therapy to patients.

Mr Pieter De Witt (centre) presents the award for the best final-year design project to Mr Richard Upton and Ms Sarah Pickford.

Celebrating Student Innovation

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On 24 October, members of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) as well as SAIAE Council members, UKZN Bioresources Engineering staff, parents and friends of the final-year Agricultural Engineering students at UKZN gathered for the annual general meeting (AGM) of the SAIAE KwaZulu-Natal branch and the presentation of the final-year design projects.

Highlights from the Transformation and Leadership Lecture Series with Professor Mogobe Ramose.

Memory, Ubuntu and Inclusive Epistemology in Higher Education

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UKZN’s College of Humanities recently hosted two Public Lectures as part of the Transformation and Leadership Lecture Series at the Unite Building. Renowned African Philosopher Professor Mogobe Ramose discussed the topics Romanus Pontifex: In Memory of Mother Africa and Ubuntu and Inclusive Epistemology in Higher Education.

Halala to Enactus UKZN who celebrated its 15th anniversary.

Celebrating 15 Years of Change Drivers with Enactus

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The UKZN chapter of Enactus held a gala dinner recently to mark the organisation’s 15th anniversary. For the past 15 years, the Enactus team has been bringing innovative ideas to life to help change lives.

UKZN was named third best university in SA in a new ranking by the Informatics Institute.

UKZN Continues to Perform Well in University Rankings

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A new ranking by the Informatics Institute at the Middle East Technical University, Turkey, listed the top 18 universities in South Africa in which the University of KwaZulu-Natal secured third place.

UMnu Viloshin Govender kanye noDkt Claudia Loggia babonakala nephepha lokukhangisa ucwaningo lwabo eNkundleni yezeNhlalo yoMphakathi yezoMhlaba.

Othisha Bezesintu Bathule Inkulumo Yocwaningo Enkundleni yezeNhlalo yoMphakathi yezoMhlaba Yonyaka wezi-2018

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Othisha abavela eSikoleni SeziFundokuhlelwa Komumo Wezakhiwo Nentuthuko u-Dkt Claudia Loggia kanye no Mnu Viloshin Govender basanda kwethula inkulumo yesikhangiso kanye nephepha kusihloko esithi Co-producing spatial maps for risk management and disaster response in informal settlements in South Africa, Enkundleni yezeNhlalo yoMphakathi yezoMhlaba ebibanjelwe e-Fukuoka, e-Japan.

Mr Aleck Kondwakwenda

PhD Candidate’s Presentation Zooms in on Drought Tolerant Biofortified Maize

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PhD candidate in Plant Breeding Mr Aleck Kondwakwenda recently presented his research at the annual Tropentag conference, hosted by Ghent University in Belgium. The conference included discussions on global food security and food safety, specifically the role of universities.

Disability Reframed in the African Context.

Reframing Disability in Africa Discussed at 4th Annual Disability Support Research Indaba

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In Higher Education Institutions, there are still people who don’t have an understanding of what disability is ‘because we still do not regard certain situations and conditions as disabilities simply because of lack of knowledge and also ignorance.’ This was the assertion made by Dr Roseline Laka-Mathebula, the Executive Director for the Student Services Division at UKZN, when she opened the 4th Annual Disability Support Research Indaba held recently at Howard College’s UNITE Building.

SHS Research Day and Oath Taking ceremony.

SHS Research Day and Oath Taking Ceremony

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The College of Health Sciences’ School of Health Sciences (SHS) hosted its annual SHS Young Health Scientists Research Symposium at UKZN’s Westville campus.

Attendees at the launch of the Emerging Academics Peer-Mentorship Platform.

Emerging Academics Peer-Mentorship Forum Launched

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UKZN’s Colleges of Health Sciences (CHS) and Humanities recently launched an emerging academics peer-mentorship forum. The programme was facilitated by Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson, the academic leader for research at the School of Nursing and Public Health.

From left: UKZN Engineering Dean, Professor Glen Bright; Mr Andries Botha, sculptor; Professor Francesco Petruccione, Pro DVC: Big Data and Informatics research flagship; and Dr Rudi Kimmie, UKZN AfriHub Manager.

“Medici Conversations” – Innovation Through Dialogue

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Innovation through the “conflict of ideas” from different cultures and disciplines is what the ‘Medici Conversations’ aspired to achieve at its inaugural event held on 15 October.

UKZN graduate, Merryl Hammond, who recently published a memoir of her journey with bipolar disorder.

UKZN Alumnus Shines Spotlight on Bipolar Disorder Through Memoir

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Merryl Hammond PhD graduated as a nurse and midwife from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in 1978. She did several psychiatric rotations as part of her initial and postgraduate nursing training, never dreaming she would one day become a mental patient herself. But bipolar disorder (used to be called manic depression) rudely interrupted at age 51.

Miss Sayuri Padayachee, UKZN PhD student who presented her research in Amsterdam.

UKZN PhD Candidate Presents Pre-Eclampsia Research in Amsterdam

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Miss Sayuri Padayachee, a PhD student in the School of Laboratory Medicine and Medical Sciences recently presented her Masters research at the 2018 Congress of the International Society of Hypertension in Pregnancy (ISSHP) in Amsterdam.