UKZN Researchers Rewarded for Achievements

Seasoned and young researchers were honoured for their achievements and contributions during the University’s annual Research Awards ceremony in Durban. Welcoming everyone to the event, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Professor Deresh Ramjugernath said UKZN continued to be among the top performing Higher Education Institutions in South Africa with rankings recently listing it number two in the

PhD Graduate Inspires with Post in #ImStaying Group

Dr Nontembeko (Ntemsie) Dube, who graduated with a doctorate in Entomology at UKZN’s September Graduation ceremonies, recently posted a story in the #ImStaying Facebook group that highlighted the importance of supportive supervisors and mentors – an example of whom she found in Dr Costas Zachariades. Garnering 15 000 likes to date, the post from 25

Waste to Art: the Neptune Project to Help Tackle Pollution

UKZN hosted a unique fashion show on the Howard College campus as part of a cocktail evening themed: Waste to Art: the Neptune Project, in aid of tackling pollution, especially plastic that is infesting South Africa’s oceans. Engineers are not usually associated with high fashion but such was the event and the cause that sassy

STEC@UKZN Steers Eden College Students towards STEM Careers

The Science and Technology Educational Centre at UKZN (STEC@UKZN) hosted Grade 8 and 9 learners from Eden College at a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career guidance workshop. Eden’s HOD of Physical Science, Mrs Chantal Sunpath had attended a Wonder Women in Science Breakfast with Grade 11 learners and enjoyed a science demonstration by UKZN’s Dr

UKZN and SAS Champion Young Women in Analytics

In an effort to attract top performers to the field of data analytics and ensure that women are well represented in and exposed to this exciting career, UKZN’s School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science teamed up with the Statistical Analysis System (SAS) to offer an information session and recruitment drive with a difference. The

Construction Studies Students Deliver… Again!

Third-year students in the Construction Studies Discipline at UKZN have been part of a great initiative to give back to and support the Malvern Child and Youth Care Centre in Durban. The Centre, home to 120 children between the ages of two and 18, strives to create a safe, loving and cherished environment for orphaned,

UKZN Contributes to Second International Symposium on Moringa

UKZN was well represented at the Second International Symposium on Moringa (ISM) held at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research in Pretoria. Senior lecturer in the Horticultural Science Discipline, Dr Samson Tesfay served on the organising committee, while PhD candidate, Mr Bonga Ngcobo won the International Society for Horticultural Science (ISHS) Young Minds Award for the best poster

UKZN Plant Breeding Academic First Vice-President of New African Plant Breeders’ Association

Dr Julia Sibiya of the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES) has been selected as the first Vice-President of the African Plant Breeders’ Association (APBA) at its maiden conference held at the University of Ghana in Accra from October 23-25. A total of 421 professionals, researchers and students attended the launch from both public and private sectors in the

Best Poster Award for Graduate Explores Improved Rice Productivity in Nigeria

Agricultural Economics scholar, Mr Lateef Bello received an award for the best poster in the Master’s category at UKZN’s annual Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS). The poster was on the productivity impact of improved rice varieties’ (IRV) adoption, using the example of smallholder rice farmers in south-west Nigeria. Bello graduated cum laude with a Master of Science in

Computer Literacy Project for Cleaning Staff

The Science and Technology Education Centre (STEC@UKZN) piloted the second phase of its CompLit4U outreach project, which aims to provide UKZN cleaning staff with basic computer literacy skills. The project was initiated by the Co-ordinator of STEC@UKZN, Dr Tanja Reinhardt and colleague Mr Sashlin Girraj, who developed the curriculum, secured participants, obtained resources and taught the content.