MAgric Teaches “Old Dog” New Tricks!

Seasoned irrigation technician, Mr Danie le Roux has rebooted his academic career using his considerable experience and skill to complete a Master of Agriculture (MAgric) degree in Agricultural Extension and Rural Resource Management (AERRM) at UKZN based on research that explored problems with collective irrigation schemes and developing farmers. Le Roux completed his Diploma in

Master’s Graduate Focuses on Accent Recognition Using Deep Learning

Ms Yuvika Singh has graduated with a cum laude MSc degree in Computer Science, specialising in accent recognition using deep learning. After completing matric with flying colours, Singh left her home town of Richards Bay to study for a Bachelor of Science degree at UKZN – her choice of institution directed by the outstanding quality

High Achiever Aims for Career as Data Scientist

Mr Leenane Makurumure graduated with a BSc in Computer Science and Information Technology (IT) summa cum laude after earning several scholarships during his undergraduate years that enabled him to complete his studies and set him on a path towards his goal of becoming a data scientist. Makurumure first encountered IT in his Grade 10 year

Doctoral Graduate Attracted to UKZN by its Excellent Engineering Programme

UKZN’s highly rated Engineering programme attracted Dr Inbanathan Govender to study at the Institution and now he has graduated with a PhD in Chemical Engineering. Said Govender: ‘I enrolled for my BSc Chemical Engineering degree at UKZN in 2008. In my final undergraduate year, Prof Deresh Ramjugernath gave a lecture on the value to society

Heightening Awareness about Diabetes at the Core of MSc Research

Research aimed at raising awareness about diabetes so that more testing can be done and measures put in place to help sufferers, formed the backbone of Ms Nina Grundlingh’s summa cum laude MSc degree in Statistics. After completing her secondary education at St Mary’s Diocesan School for Girls in Kloof, Grundlingh registered at UKZN with

MSc Research into Statistical Model for Crude Oil Market

Crude oil, the price of which is currently at an all-time low, was the focus of research by Ms Nompilo Mabaso for her Master’s degree in Statistics. Mabaso’s investigations were rewarded when she received her degree summa cum laude during UKZN’s 2020 virtual Graduation ceremony. The aim of her research was to obtain a precise

Green Chemistry PhD Focuses on New Sustainable Protocols

Dr Sandeep VHS Bhaskaruni earned his PhD in Chemistry for his design of new eco-friendly methodologies of synthesizing molecules that could potentially play a role in medicinal chemistry as anti-cancer, antimicrobial or antioxidant agents. ‘In an era of increasing concern about the environment and hazards of chemical products and processes, green chemistry emphasises the need

PhD for Hard Working Lecturer and Doting Mom!

Lecturer in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science Dr Hloniphile Sithole-Mthethwa graduated with a PhD in Applied Mathematics in minimum time, despite working as a lecturer and being a mom to two children – son, Khwezi, and daughter, Bhukosi. Sithole-Mthethwa, who completed her matric at Edendale Technical High School near Pietermaritzburg, says her

PhD Graduate Investigates Chemical Compounds with Antibacterial Promise

Drug molecules which could contribute to combatting drug-resistant bacteria in an era of increasing antibiotic resistance were researched by Dr Neha Manhas for her PhD in Chemistry. Supervised by Professor Neil Koorbanally, Manhas used the concept of molecular hybridisation to develop new Schiff bases of quinazoline-4-ones, testing their biological activity against a range of pathogenic

Quantum Computing Master’s Graduate Reaching New Heights in a “New World”!

Qualified actuarial scientist, Ms Amira Mahomed Abbas graduated cum laude with an MSc in Physics, specialising in Quantum Computing. After matriculating at Eden College in Durban, Abbas enrolled at the University of Cape Town where she completed an Actuarial Science degree before being appointed to a position in the financial sector. She passed all three