College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science

data@breakfast Discusses Computing Solutions for the Future

A delicious breakfast and quantum computing are perhaps at the opposite ends of the scale but they combined exceptionally well at the first “data@breakfast” initiative held on the Westville campus. Brainchild of UKZN Pro Vice-Chancellor for Big Data and Informatics Professor Francesco Petruccione, the event was the first of a...
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UKZN Hosts Second BRICS Symposium on Gravity, Astrophysics and Cosmology

UKZN recently played host to the second Symposium of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa Association of Gravity, Astrophysics and Cosmology (BRICS-AGAC) and the 2018 South Africa Gravity Society Meeting. The symposium attracted scientists involved in the study of gravitation, astrophysics and cosmology in some of the world’s fastest-developing economies....
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WaterNet Symposium Award for Budding Scientist

A Master’s degree in Engineering candidate in the Discipline of Bioresources Engineering, Mr Tinashe Lindel Dirwai, won an award for his presentation at the 19th annual WaterNet/Water Research Fund for Southern Africa (WARFSA)/Global Water Partnership Southern Africa (GWP-SA) Symposium, held in Livingstone, Zambia. The theme of the symposium, hosted by the University of Zambia, was Integrated...
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Top Academic Honoured for Contribution in Engineering and Technology

UKZN academic, Dr Nishani Harinarain, has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Engineering and Technology in Academia: Teaching and Learning, from Women in Engineering and the Built Environment (WiEBE) in partnership with the Department of Public Works, the University of Johannesburg and construction company Group Five. The...
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Inaugural Lecture Explores “Magic Bullet” for Drug Resistant Disease

Inorganic Chemist Professor Peter Ajibade used the occasion of his inaugural lecture to explore the possibilities of metal complexes acting as “magic bullets” against drug resistant diseases and as the precursors for nanomaterials. ‘Until the 19th century the study of chemistry was viewed as a religion derived from alchemical roots,’...
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UKZN Academic Joins Expedition to Assess State of World’s Oceans

Marine Biology lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, Dr David Glassom, is a member of a two-week research sail venture aboard the sailboat Fleur de Passion that is part of a four-year global voyage known as the Ocean Mapping Expedition. Glassom is collecting data on the use of plastic debris by juvenile fish, specifically the...
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Celebrating Student Innovation

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...
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Celebrating Eighth Annual Food and Nutrition Fair

The Farmer Support Group (FSG), a community development, outreach and research unit based in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) at UKZN, recently hosted its eighth annual Food and Nutrition Fair, celebrated in conjunction with World Food Day at KwaNocomboshe, Msinga Top in KwaZulu-Natal. The FSG works with target rural communities in Okhahlamba,...
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PhD Candidate’s Presentation Zooms in on Drought Tolerant Biofortified Maize

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. Eight hundred and eighty people from 70 countries attended the conference; more than half were students. The...
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School of Engineering Embarks on Curriculum Transformation

Newly appointed Dean of UKZN School of Engineering, Professor Glen Bright, started his tenure with a bold initiative by hosting an Engineering Curriculum Transformation workshop. The aim of the workshop, held on 24 October, was to streamline courses across Engineering disciplines and to realign the Engineering curricula for social impact...
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National Pride on Display at UKZN Cultural Day

The Corporate Relations Division (CRD) hosted its annual Cultural Day on the Howard College campus to help foster a multicultural environment and encourage diversity among students. The event formed part of CRD’s responsibility to look after UKZN’s more than 2 000 international undergraduate and postgraduate students; and cultural days represent...
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Student Support Services Tackles Suicide Risk and Prevention

More than 30 psychologists and counsellors from Student Support Services (SSS) from all four of UKZN Colleges attended a one-day workshop on the Westville campus on suicide prevention and trauma. Dr Jacqui von Cziffra-Bergs of the Solution Focused Institute of South Africa delivered the day’s training which constituted an accredited Continuing Professional...
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Eclectic Chemist Presents Inaugural Lecture to Packed Auditorium

Physical Chemist and former UKZN Distinguished Teacher Award recipient, Professor Bice Martincigh, presented her inaugural lecture to an auditorium packed to capacity with colleagues and students. Martincigh epitomises the seamless marriage of research, teaching and community involvement. Best known for her ground-breaking studies into the efficacy of sunscreen products, Martincigh...
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UKZN Air Quality Specialist Serves on UN Environmental Assessment Panel

Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman of the Atmospheric Research Group (ATMRES) in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) at UKZN has recently returned from serving on the Environmental Effects Assessment Panel (EEAP) in Vermont, United States of America. Venkataraman, who leads the ATMRES on UKZN’s Westville campus, is known for his leadership in research related to atmospheric...
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UKZN Entrepreneurs Venture to Hydroponic Farming

The University of KwaZulu-Natal ENSPIRE programme is proud to introduce another ground-breaking and innovative project that is set to make a difference in the lives of South Africans. The ENSPIRE programme is a UKZN InQubate instigated developmental programme, whose aim is to support entrepreneurial ideas and skills, personal growth and...
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As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, I am supported by six school Deans as well as a Dean of Teaching and Learning and Research, while  administrative support is provided by the College Director of Professional Services who has the function and role of a College Registrar.

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November 18, 2018

data@breakfast Discusses Computing Solutions for the Future

A delicious breakfast and quantum computing are perhaps at the opposite ends of the scale but they combined exceptionally well...
Read More
November 18, 2018

UKZN Hosts Second BRICS Symposium on Gravity, Astrophysics and Cosmology

UKZN recently played host to the second Symposium of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa Association of Gravity, Astrophysics and...
Read More
November 18, 2018

WaterNet Symposium Award for Budding Scientist

A Master’s degree in Engineering candidate in the Discipline of Bioresources Engineering, Mr Tinashe Lindel Dirwai, won an award for his...
Read More
November 18, 2018

Top Academic Honoured for Contribution in Engineering and Technology

UKZN academic, Dr Nishani Harinarain, has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Engineering and Technology in Academia:...
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November 18, 2018

Inaugural Lecture Explores “Magic Bullet” for Drug Resistant Disease

Inorganic Chemist Professor Peter Ajibade used the occasion of his inaugural lecture to explore the possibilities of metal complexes acting...
Read More
November 18, 2018

UKZN Academic Joins Expedition to Assess State of World’s Oceans

Marine Biology lecturer in the School of Life Sciences, Dr David Glassom, is a member of a two-week research sail venture aboard the...
Read More
November 12, 2018

Celebrating Student Innovation

On 24 October, members of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers (SAIAE) as well as SAIAE Council...
Read More
November 12, 2018

Celebrating Eighth Annual Food and Nutrition Fair

The Farmer Support Group (FSG), a community development, outreach and research unit based in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) at...
Read More
November 12, 2018

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

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...
Read More
November 12, 2018

School of Engineering Embarks on Curriculum Transformation

Newly appointed Dean of UKZN School of Engineering, Professor Glen Bright, started his tenure with a bold initiative by hosting...
Read More
November 12, 2018

National Pride on Display at UKZN Cultural Day

The Corporate Relations Division (CRD) hosted its annual Cultural Day on the Howard College campus to help foster a multicultural...
Read More
November 2, 2018

Student Support Services Tackles Suicide Risk and Prevention

More than 30 psychologists and counsellors from Student Support Services (SSS) from all four of UKZN Colleges attended a one-day...
Read More
November 2, 2018

Eclectic Chemist Presents Inaugural Lecture to Packed Auditorium

Physical Chemist and former UKZN Distinguished Teacher Award recipient, Professor Bice Martincigh, presented her inaugural lecture to an auditorium packed...
Read More
November 1, 2018

UKZN Air Quality Specialist Serves on UN Environmental Assessment Panel

Professor Sivakumar Venkataraman of the Atmospheric Research Group (ATMRES) in the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP) at UKZN has recently returned from serving...
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November 1, 2018

UKZN Entrepreneurs Venture to Hydroponic Farming

The University of KwaZulu-Natal ENSPIRE programme is proud to introduce another ground-breaking and innovative project that is set to make...
Read More

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Wonder Women In Science campaign

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science commemorates National Science Week and Women’s Day with the Wonder Women In Science campaign.

These are passionate, pioneering and persistent heroines who are making waves in fields of science and stand as shining examples for all.