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Adaptability and dedication paved the road for the Senate Medal winner
Franco Smit, a B Accounting graduate, was awarded the Senate Medal and Prize, and the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences Dean’s Medal at the April graduation ceremony on Wednesday 19 April 2023. He received these awards for achieving the highest weighted average across all undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in all faculties of... Read more
South African wins frontiers planet prize
The International Champions of the Frontiers Planet Prize 2023 have been announced during the Awards Ceremony at the Frontiers Forum Live. The International Champions of the Frontiers Planet Prize, a new global sustainability competition chaired by Johan Rockström, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, have been... Read more
Master Mariner ice pilot graduates with master’s in maritime studies
Captain Knowledge Bengu, Commander of South Africa’s ice-breaking vessel, the SA Agulhas II, graduated with a Master of Commerce in Maritime Studies. Bengu was part of the South African maritime team that played a key role in finding the 107-year-old shipwreck Endurance in the Antarctic waters last year (2022).... Read more
PhD research featured in top international journals
For Dr Samuel Olojede who graduated with his PhD in Clinical Anatomy, the highlight of his studies was seeing data sets from his doctoral research initially resulting in three publications and three citations, which increased by the end of his study to an impressive 25 publications and 286 citations... Read more
Medical graduate receives Bongani Mayosi award
Mr Lindani Mkhabela who graduated with his MBChB is the recipient of the prestigious Bongani Mayosi Award. ‘I’m very humbled to receive this award, given the level of excellence that Professor Mayosi demonstrated in the medical field and in academia,’ he said. The Bongani Mayosi Foundation was established to... Read more
SA scientists to the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting
The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings has selected and announced 9 young scientists from South Africa to participate at the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting dedicated to Physiology/Medicine from 25 to 30 June 2023 in Lindau, Germany. The nominating partner, the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf)... Read more
Leading architect Paul Mikula receives honorary doctorate
In recognition of his outstanding contribution to the field of Architecture, Dr Paul Mikula was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Architecture from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) at a graduation ceremony held at the UKZN Westville campus on 10 May 2023. Mikula was deeply committed to the preservation and... Read more
UKZN graduate obtains PhD in record time
Not only is Dr Damien Kunjal celebrating graduating with his PhD in Finance at the age of 26, he also adds completing this qualification in the record time of two years to his list of achievements!  ‘Whilst many people complain that their PhD journeys were daunting, my experience was a really... Read more
Mark New receives Frontiers Planet prize
Prof Mark New has received the accolade of being the National Champion for South Africa 2023 by the Frontiers Planet Prize. The Frontiers Planet Prize is a global competition where three prizes of 1 million Swiss Francs are awarded to scientists whose research contributes to helping humanity stay in... Read more
Honorary doctorate for Dave Pepler, illustrious ecologist, naturalist
The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at the University of the Free State (UFS) conferred an Honorary Doctorate in Zoology on Dave Pepler for his significant contribution to society as an ecologist, naturalist, and environmentalist. I am a Kovsie In his acceptance speech, Dr Pepler said, “I accept this honour... Read more

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