Mandela Rhodes Scholarship for Master’s Candidate

Burundian Mr Kevin Kantize, a master’s candidate in the School of Chemistry and Physics, has been awarded a Mandela Rhodes Scholarship. The Scholarships seek to build exceptional leadership in Africa and recognise scholars who demonstrate leadership and integrity; value education and the creation of opportunities for others; are entrepreneurial and innovative; and who promote reconciliation, freedom, peace

Matric Pupils Learn More About Careers in Engineering

Recently, the School of Engineering hosted two Engineering Career Days aimed at top Mathematics and Physics Grade 12 pupils drawn from UKZN’s feeder schools. In addition, they participated in an outreach visit to disadvantaged schools in the Howick district in conjunction with the College of Health Sciences. Some 180 learners attended the Engineering career days

Little Dragons with a Sweet Tooth Pollinate the Mysterious “Hidden Flower”

The majority of the almost 90% of flowering plants that rely on animals such as bees and butterflies for pollination use bright colourful floral displays to attract their pollinators. The flowers of Guthriea capensis, the “Hidden Flower”, are just what their common name implies: hidden at ground level, beneath the leaves of the plant and inconspicuous

UKZN and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Combine their Botanical Resources

The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife have signed a landmark Memorandum of Understanding on combining their botanical strengths and resources. Ezemvelo will integrate its 33 000-specimen herbarium into UKZN’s Bews Herbarium, while the University will make all its digitised plant distribution data available for use by the provincial conservation agency. Ezemvelo currently

2019 Engineering Winter School

Conveniently held during the July holidays, learners are hosted at the Unite Building, Howard College, UKZN. Learners are given the opportunity to participate in informative and fun exercises to better understand Engineering. A field trip is also arranged for the learners.

Graduation 2019

Graduation is one of the most important occasions in the University’s academic calendar where students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, receive their hard-earned degrees and diplomas. Indeed, graduation marks the culmination of many years of personal sacrifice and hard work that have laid the foundation for successful and inspiring careers.

High Level Delegation Visits UKZN

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Pollution Research Group (PRG) recently hosted a high-level delegation from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alongside this visit, the PRG also hosted delegations from the California Institute of Technology (CalTech) and their project partners Yixing Eco-sanitary Manufacturers (EcoSan), the SaniPath research team from Emory University, and students from the Olin

Alumna Makes Apolito’s Most Influential People List

Debra Roberts, Honorary UKZN Professor, Head of the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit at the eThekwini Municipality and South Africa’s first Co-Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Working Group, has been named one of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy for 2019 by the public servants’ networking group, Apolitical. The list celebrates and supports people

UKZN Research in Swayimane Profiled

The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) recently toured sites at Swayimane as part of a visit to profile the uMgungundlovu District Municipality’s (uMDM) uMngeni Resilience Project (URP) which UKZN is involved in. The URP is a climate change adaptation project led by the uMDM in partnership with the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) and UKZN’s School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES).

Safari Experience for Astronomers

Getting leading international Astrophysicists to go on safari together does not happen very often but UKZN’s Astrophysics and Cosmology Research Unit did just that when they held another installment of their extremely popular Cosmology on Safari conference events. The conference was attended by local astronomers as well as colleagues from Harvard University in the United