Open Access: UP hosts panel discussion on making research available to all
A panel discussion held at the University of Pretoria earlier this year debated the $25 billion (R356 billion) turnover flowing into for-profit publishers of academic research. After a very vibrant and interactive discussion, all participants and delegates agreed that the universal open access model is preferable to the traditional... Read more
UCT alumni triumph in social impact challenge
Three University of Cape Town graduates who met while studying information systems at UCT are among the winners of Google’s first Impact Challenge for South Africa, earning them US$250 000 in funding for their career guidance technology. Unathi September, Lebogang Diale and Rudzani Mulaudzi met while studying information systems, graduating... Read more
CHERTL launches pilot short course
This year saw the launch of an innovative tutor development short course by the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University. A group of 20 tutors from third-year to Masters Level and from the faculties of Humanities, Science and Law participated. The course involved... Read more
Continental excellence award for Unisan
Unisa’s Mokhotjwa Dhlamini has emerged as the continental winner in the Education and Training: Academic sector of CEO Global’s Titans: Building Nations, 2018 Awards. Annelize Wepener, Chief Executive of CEO Global, who presented the award at a gala dinner in Johannesburg on 27 November 2018, says that he is... Read more
5 tips to landing (and thriving in) your first job after graduation
With South Africa in the grips of graduation fever, and the soon-to-be capped proudly displaying their achievement on social media, the reality of the challenges associated with one’s first job search will soon set in for many. “Transitioning from studenting to adulting can be hard and often demotivating once... Read more
Jobs and skills in the Fourth Industrial Revolution
As the digital age transforms the way in which people live, it will also have an impact on the economy and on jobs. New trades with new skills will be created and some jobs that are currently being done by humans will be replaced by automated systems. All except... Read more
UP Law student becomes member of space advisory council
The University of Pretoria’s Ruvimbo Samanga, a final-year LLB student and BA Law cum laude graduate, recently became a member of the Women in Aerospace Africa Committee, and that of the Austria-based Space Generation Advisory Council. The advisory council is a global organisation that aims to bring the views... Read more
UCT graduation: ‘Tell them about the dream’
During an historic day at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where a special graduation was held alongside the robing of Vice-Chancellor Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, students from the Faculty of Humanities graduated, academic staff were honoured, and an alumnus returned to inspire. Highlights of the afternoon programme yesterday, 13 December,... Read more
Dr Nyasha Magadzire from Zimbabwe knows about perseverance
After completing her Masters in Geoinformatics in 2011 at Stellenbosch University, Dr Nyasha Magadzire (31) moved back to Zimbabwe in hope of finding a job and settling back in her home country, but the move only resulted in a year of unemployment. “That same year, my Masters supervisor (Prof... Read more
“Waste to Art” presents vision for a sustainable future
The University of KwaZulu-Natal hosted a unique cocktail themed fashion show titled “Waste to Art” at the KZNSA Art Gallery in November. Engineers are not normally associated with high fashion, but such was the case as sassy young UKZN Engineering students sashayed down the catwalk. They were dressed in... Read more