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

UKZN Staff Members Recognised for Long Service

Long serving staff members in the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science were recognised for their contribution to the University at functions held on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses. A total of 42 staff were honoured – 17 for 15 years’ service, 14 for reaching their quarter century at the University, and a further three

UKZN College Donates over 100 Toys to ECR’s Toy Story Campaign

The College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) has donated over 100 toys to the East Coast Radio (ECR) Toy Story campaign that gives gifts to underprivileged children in government hospitals, orphanages and children’s homes across KwaZulu-Natal. Collection boxes were set up in CAES offices on the Westville, Howard College and Pietermaritzburg campuses and everyone was encouraged

Research Symposium Promotes Biodiversity Conservation and Management

The annual Durban Research Action Partnership (D’RAP) Research Symposium presented an opportunity for students conducting research as part of the partnership between eThekwini Municipality (EM) and UKZN to present their work and to hear from invited guests about climate change and biodiversity in a management context. D’RAP bridges the science-action gap and advances knowledge in biodiversity conservation

Biochemistry Lecturer Participates in Genetic Engineering Information Exchange

PhD candidate and Development Lecturer in the Discipline of Biochemistry, Ms Seipati Mokhosi, participated in an information sharing and exchange meeting on second generation genetic engineering technologies hosted in Cape Town by the African Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) in collaboration with the Third World Network (TWN). The ACB, a Johannesburg-based non-governmental organisation, has engaged in biosafety discourse on the

Launch of Green Campus Campaign in Pietermaritzburg

The Pietermaritzburg Campus Management Forum (PCMF) has launched its Green Campus Campaign, an initiative that encourages students and staff to beautify and take responsibility for spaces they occupy, as well as, to recycle waste material. More than 100 staff and students attended the opening, which included a poetry reading and modelling of clothing made from recycled plastic. Master

UKZN Launches New Research Commons

A new Research Commons has been launched at the EG Malherbe Library on UKZN’s Howard College campus. A high-level research facility, the Research Commons is intended for the exclusive use of master’s, doctoral and PhD students, as well as researchers and academic staff. Speaking at the opening, UKZN Libraries and Special Collections Director, Mrs Joyce

Inaugural Lecture Presented by Renowned Microbiologist and Biotechnologist

Microbial Factories and Artificial Intelligence – Fixing Global Bugs with Tiny Bugs – was the subject of an inaugural lecture presented on the Pietermaritzburg campus by UKZN Microbiologist, Professor Evariste Bosco Gueguim Kana. Gueguim Kana, who holds a BSc in Pure and Applied Biology, an MSc in Biotechnology and a PhD in Microbiology from Ladoke

Research Day a Platform for Student Research and Innovation

Innovative research projects being undertaken by masters and doctoral students were on show at the annual Postgraduate Research and Innovation Symposium (PRIS) staged by the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) on the Westville campus. Hosted by the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science (SMSCS) in collaboration with the College Public Relations team, the symposium’s theme was

Africa Unites in International Coastal Clean-Up

South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya recently joined forces in an International Coastal Clean-Up initiative to keep Africa and its oceans clean. Clean-ups were held at all four countries simultaneously, with a one-hour time difference separating South Africa and Kenya from Ghana and Nigeria. UKZN’s PhD student in Marine Biology, lecturer and founder of the