El Niño Inspired MSc Graduate to Breed Maize for Drought Tolerance

Ms Lucia Ndlala has graduated with her Master’s through the Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) at UKZN which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). This programme is unique in its combination of research and internships, enabling students to spend between six and 12 months as interns at a seed company, national

Passion for Solving Scientific Puzzles Earns Mdluli a Master’s Degree

‘Do what you have to do in order to do what you want to do’. These are the words that motivate Ms Sibusiswangaye Mdluli who graduated with a Master’s degree in Plant breeding. ‘I chose UKZN because it is one of the best tertiary institutions in the country, particularly in terms of quality and the

Master’s Graduate Helping Meet Soybean Demand Through Breeding

Ms Mwila Chibanda graduated with her Master’s through the Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) programme at UKZN, which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). The programme combines research with internships and sees students spending between 6 and 12 months as interns at a seed company, national breeding programme or Consultative Group

PhD Graduate’s Doctoral Studies Dedicated to Late Son

hough faced with personal challenges throughout her postgraduate studies, Dr Patricia Govender still managed to graduate with her PhD from the School of Chemistry and Physics. While pursuing her Baccalaureus Procurationis (BProc) degree with the intent of becoming a Patent Attorney, her son, Teshan Govender, was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy; a terminal genetic disorder. Despite her

PhD Graduate Improving Ugandan Rice Production

Dr Mary Teddy Asio has graduated with her PhD through the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI), having worked on a genetic study of upland rice varieties in Uganda to identify those that are resistant to Striga hermonthica. Asio’s research involved a genetic analysis of upland rice for grain yield and some agronomic traits under Striga hermonthica infestation in Uganda. It

Graduate Achieves PhD in Record Time with Acclaimed Results

Dr Oluwabamise Adeleye graduated with a PhD in Physics after investigating radiation dose and cancer risk estimates from tuberculosis (TB) infections imaging. Adeleye completed his PhD in three years, and two international examiners passed his work with no corrections. He has published two papers from his study, with additional papers in progress. He presented on this work at the 17th Asia-Oceania

Breeding Groundnuts for Prosperity in Malawi

Mr Masoud Sultan graduated with his Master’s in Plant Breeding through the Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) programme at UKZN which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA). This programme – which combines research with internships – enabled students to spend between six and 12 months as interns at a seed company,

Wamisho: First NASSP Master’s Graduate

Since he was a young boy growing up in the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mr Adila Wamisho has always been passionate about Maths and Physics. This interest would later lead him towards his undergraduate studies at Dilla University in Ethiopia where he would hone his passion for Physics. ‘After working for a year as

Cutting Edge Atmospheric Research Earns Ncipha a PhD

Dr Gerald Xolile Ncipha from the School of Chemistry and Physics (SCP), graduated with his PhD in Chemistry at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Ncipha grew up at Daveyton, a township in Ekurhuleni Municipality in Johannesburg. He studied his undergraduate degree BSc in Chemistry at Wits University before pursuing his Honours in Meteorology at the University

Excellent Reputation Attracts Master’s Graduate to UKZN

Mr Shaheen Thakur, a student from the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), graduated with an MSc in Geography. His decision to study at UKZN was largely based on the academic excellence that the University is recognised for. ‘I learned about UKZN’s popularity as a high-quality institution that provides experienced, qualified and high