Chemistry Nobel laureate offers advice to UP academics and students
The University of Pretoria was proud to host 2016 Chemistry Nobel laureate Sir Fraser Stoddart recently, when he spoke at UP’s Future Africa campus. In his lecture, Sir Fraser said that, to be successful as academics, teachers should prioritise their students’ needs and put them ahead of their own.... Read more
Students weigh in on real-world problems
Seeking solutions to gender-based violence is a complex challenge, but University of Cape Town (UCT) students were up for the task during a recent d-school Foundation Programme in Design Thinking. The d-school, or Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking at UCT, runs the Foundation Programme every semester, gathering students from... Read more
UFS: AIDS Awareness Month: ‘Know Your Status’
The University of the Free State (UFS), along with the rest of South Africa, commemorates AIDS Awareness Month during December 2018. This year’s AIDS Awareness Month theme is ‘Know your status’, while the country celebrates the 30th anniversary of the campaign that pioneered global health by being the first to be... Read more
Transforming communities through peace leadership
A young democracy such as South Africa is defined by a desire for better relationships, interconnectedness, inclusivity, cohesion, justice and a shared understanding. Peace Leadership: Self-Transformation to Peace offers a practical framework for all leaders, as well as for the average person on the street, on how to achieve this... Read more
Stellenbosch University Medical students to cycle 902 km to ‘help our friends become doctors’
A team of Stellenbosch University (SU) medical students will embark on an ambitious 902km cycle tour from Vioolsdrift at the Namibian border to Cape Agulhas, the most Southern tip of Africa, from 1 to 8 December 2018. Tuesday, 27 November 2018, marked 100 days of the Stellenbosch University’s #Move4Food campaign... Read more
Dealing with first-year failure: temporary setback, not lifelong sentence
Thousands of first year students receiving their end of year results are having to face up to the fact that their dreams for the future are not materialising quite as they expected when they walked through the doors of higher learning at the start of the year. And while... Read more
Disability Rights conference reveals barriers to inclusive education
There is a lack of coherent information on how many disabled children there are in South Africa, where they come from, and where they live. This emerged at this year’s Disability Rights in Africa Conference, held for the sixth time at the University of Pretoria. Dr Nkatha Murungi, Assistant... Read more
Chrysalis graduates can contribute to creating a safer Western Cape
Minister of Community Safety, Alan Winde says the Chrysalis graduates have an excellent opportunity to now contribute to creating a safer Western Cape. While delivering the key note address during the formal graduation ceremony of 18 BRAVO today, at the Chrysalis Academy in Tokai, Minister Winde said: “The graduates... Read more
Universities must ‘reframe’ goals and agendas
It’s time for universities across the globe to start becoming an active part of the solution to the multiple social, ecological and economic crises that are leading some scholars to call this the “Anthropocene age”. To do that, they should have the courage and desire to explicitly reframe their... Read more
Department of Basic Education: Supplementary exams move to June
From 2019, supplementary exams will no longer take place in March but rather in June, says the Department of Basic Education (DBE). One of the major reasons for the change is thorough monitoring of the system. “We have noted that on average around 40 000 learners who enrol for... Read more