UKZN PRESS PUBLICATION WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

UKZN PRESS PUBLICATION WINS INTERNATIONAL AWARD

The University of KwaZulu-Natal’s publishing house, the UKZN Press, is proud to announce that one of its publications has won a CHOICE Outstanding Academic Book of the Year award.

Peace versus Justice? The Dilemma of Transitional Justice in Africa edited by Chandra Lekha Sriram and Suren Pillay was co-published with James Currey Publishers, leading academic publishers in the United Kingdom. The book offers fresh insights on the so-called ‘justice versus peace’ dilemma, examining the challenges and prospects for promoting both peace and accountability, specifically in African countries affected by conflict or political violence.

Choice is a United States reviewer of academic books. Every year in the January issue, in print and online, Choice publishes a list of Outstanding Academic Titles that were reviewed during the previous calendar year. This prestigious list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice.

More than 35 000 academic librarians, Faculty, and key-decision makers rely on the reviews in Choice magazine and Choice Reviews Online for collection, development and scholarly research.

The UKZN Press is a quality publisher of scholarship and general expertise books for both academic and general readers in sociology, political science, economics, gender, current affairs, natural sciences, literature and selected novels, and prides itself on the quality of its publications. This Award is a reflection of the high standards maintained by the Press in its selection of manuscripts and its editing and production services.


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PARENTS' DAY 2011

PARENTS' DAY 2011

Successful Parents’ Days were held on all five UKZN campuses on January 29 and 31.

 

Parents’ Day is open to all parents of first year students pursuing undergraduate studies at UKZN. It is an opportunity for the parents to learn more about the University and how best to support their children in the transition from high school to tertiary education.

 

Due to the increasing intake of students, Parents’ Day 2011 took on a different format to previous years. Parents attended Faculty-specific programmes, designed to familiarise them with all that is expected and available in each Faculty.

 

The programme included presentations from the University’s Executive Management, Deans, Student Funding, and Student Services. Parents said that they found the question and answer sessions most enlightening and also benefitted from sharing their concerns with other parents. 

 

The Speaker of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature, Mrs Peggy Nkonyeni, addressed parents at the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine on behalf of the MEC for Health in KwaZulu-Natal. She stressed the importance of parental support for students who are entering the health profession. Parents were assured that the 210 first year medical students selected from an estimated 5 000 applicants, were the best.   

Dean of the Medical School, Professor Umesh Lalloo also stressed the demanding nature of the medical profession to the parents and the importance of their active engagement and support for their children’s studies. The parents present were excited about the physical infrastructure development happening at the Medical School and expressed confidence that their children are in capable hands.

Three hundred parents of students registered for Agriculture, Engineering and Science filled the DSLT Lecture Theatre on the Pietermaritzburg campus. They listened attentively to the presentations and participated actively in the question and answer sessions.

UDokotela Yougasphree Naidoo ofundisa esikoleni se Biological and Conservation Sciences esikhungweni sase Westville uzobe esebenzisana no Mphathi wase Botany e Suez Canal University e- Egypt uDokotela Samia Ibrahim. Lenhlanganiso yalabodokotela bobabili ixhaswe ngabakwa National Research Foundation (NRF) ngaphansi kwesikhwama sokushintshisana ngolwazi i- Knowledge Interchange Collaboration eyayixhase uNaidoo.

U-Ibrahim usenze ucwaningo oluningi ngaphakathi ezweni lakhe nangaphandle kanti imiphumela yocwaningo lakhe lwethulwa emihlanganenwi ababanayo yososayensi. Usebenze futhi kakhulu nabafundi base UKZN nalabo abenza ucwaningo khona esikoleni se Biological and Conservation Sciences.

U-Ibrahim usebenze nabanye abacwaningi abaningi balapha enyuvesi ngezindlela ezamukelelike zokuthola u-oyela otholakala kulezizitshalo zokwelapha. U-oyela otholakala kulezizitshalo ubaluleke kakhulu ngenxa yomthelela wawo ekulapheni nangokwemali okuyifakayo ekukhuliseni umnotho. Imiphumela yalolucwaningo abazolenza eUKZN luzonikezwa abanye ososayensi. Imiphumela izochaza kabanzi ukuthi lezizitshalo zizosetshenziswa kuphi noma kanjani.

Izwe lase Ningizimu Africa lidume kakhulu ngokuba nezinhlobo zezitshalo ezingaphezu kwa 22 000 ezahlukene zokulapha futhi lingamanye lamazwe amahlanu elinezitshalo eziningi emhlabeni. Abantu abaningi eNingizimu Africa bathembele kuzona izitshalo zendalo ukulapha izifo.

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NEW DIRECTOR OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

NEW DIRECTOR OF INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER

UKZN’s new Director for the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office, a division of the Research Office, Dr Mkhetwa Maluleke brings a wealth of experience to the University.  

One of the main challenges Maluleke faces in his new role is assisting UKZN researchers to understand what the new Intellectual Property Rights Act for Publicly Funded Institutions entails and how it affects the way they have been used to conducting research and publication of their findings. Another main challenge is to assist in turning their research into applicable products that have commercial potential and positive societal impact.

Maluleke previously worked at the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in Pretoria and has extensive Higher Education experience, with a PhD in Chemistry from the University of the Western Cape and an MBA from Stellenbosch University.

His other achievements include being registered as a South African patent for “Electrochemical membrane containing proton conductors of Inorganic origin” (1999), receiving the James Moir Award of the South African Chemical Institute for Best Chemistry Student (2000), the NRF Prestigious Scholarship for Master of Science degree (2001), SAIAA Scholarship second prize for best Analytical Chemistry proposal (2001), the NRF Prestigious Scholarship for PhD studies (2002)/ He has also developed electromembrane prototypes for the purification of industrial effluents polluted with organic compounds (PhD studies).

 

Maluleke hopes to use the commercialisation experience gained from working with experts at the TIA to take products emanating from UKZN research to the market. Intellectual property (IP) rights are valuable assets for South Africa because today’s global economy depends on IP. Most of the country’s IP  is developed through hard work on the part of researchers and it is the duty of the the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office to assist researchers in ensuring that their work is protected and commercialised through various commercialisation models, e.g licensing.

Maluleke said that he is hoping to encourage researchers not to conduct basic research but be actively involved with research that addresses real problems in South Africa and globally - for example, energy storage or acid mine drainag
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ORIENTATION PROGRAMME EASES INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS INTO UKZN

ORIENTATION PROGRAMME EASES INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS INTO UKZN

Students from a host of international universities say they have a lot to look forward to at UKZN after their orientation at the Pietermaritzburg campus on February 1.

 

The students are part of discipline-specific student exchange programmes. They personify UKZN’s efforts to strengthen international partnerships and to promote African-led globalisation. 

 

Organised by Ms Marie-Anna Marais and Ms Nombuso Mtshali of the International Student Office on the Pietermaritzburg campus, the orientation equipped the international students with survival tips both for their studies and their social life whilst in South Africa. 

 

Ms Frances Robert-Gregory from Spelman College in Atlanta and Ms Elsie Essien from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in New York who have been in South Africa for just over a week said they found the programme both helpful and informative. Apart from their studies, they are also looking forward to doing some voluntary work and learning about other cultures.

 

Mr Conner Ross who is from the University of California, Santa Cruz, said he is very excited to be studying Ethics at UKZN. He is also very keen to explore various sporting activities during his stay. Both Ross and Mr Andrew Okem who is a Policy and Development full-time student on the Pietermaritzburg campus said they received a warm welcome at UKZN and enjoyed making friends with fellow South African students.


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GRADUATES HAVE THEIR SAY IN OPINION SURVEY

GRADUATES HAVE THEIR SAY IN OPINION SURVEY

The Graduate Opinion Survey 2010 conducted by UKZN’s Quality Promotion and Assurance office (QPA) is the sixth such survey since the merger of the former Universities of Durban-Westville and Natal.

The objective of the Survey is to gain a broad range of graduate opinions by asking graduates to assess the quality of their University education. The Survey seeks to discover not only how satisfied graduates are with their educational experience at UKZN, but to ascertain what proportion of graduates are employed and how many are involved in further study. It also aims to give graduates a voice on issues that are important to them.

The Graduate Opinion Survey was first designed in 1999 by the Quality Promotion Unit and Division of Management Information. The survey instrument has undergone a number of changes since its inception. The 2005 Graduate Opinion Survey serves as the baseline data for the newly merged Institution.

The questionnaire, which is administered during Graduation Ceremonies, comprises of five main sections, covering:

·  A number of demographic questions;

·  A section that assesses graduates' satisfaction with their degree/diploma as a whole. This section is further sub-divided in terms of qualities for effective education: quality of teaching, clarity of goals and standards, nature of assessment, level of workload and enhancement of generic skills;

· Graduates’ current employment status;

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MANAGEMENT STUDIES DEAN INVITED TO MILLENNIUM AWARDS IN GHANA

MANAGEMENT STUDIES DEAN INVITED TO MILLENNIUM AWARDS IN GHANA

Dean of the Faculty of Management Studies, Professor Lesley Stainbank was invited to attend the 2010 Millennium Excellence Awards in Ghana in December. The Millennium Excellence Awards Foundation recognises visionary and enterprising people who have made a positive impact on Africa in a number of categories. Started in 2000, the award ceremony takes place every five years.

The theme of 2010’s Awards was Repositioning Africa: New Values and New Strategies. The winners included South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa of the Shanduka Group for African Economic Development, Asha Hagi from Somalia for African Peace, and Wole Soyinka for African Cultural and Traditional Preservation. The full list of prize winners and information about the event is available on www.eafgh.org.

Stainbank was honoured to meet His Majesty, Otumfuo Osei Tutu 11, Asantehene, the life patron of the awards at the Royal Dinner held at Manhyia Palace, Kumasi.

She also used the opportunity to visit the University of Ghana Business School where she met with Dr Emmanuel Sakyi who is the Head of the Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management. The University’s Business School has similar Schools to that of UKZN’s Faculty of Management Studies and it is hoped that a close working relationship at a Faculty level will be developed.


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GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS WELCOMES NEW LECTURER

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS WELCOMES NEW LECTURER

UKZN’s Graduate School of Business (GSB) is very pleased to have a new academic staff member, Mr Steven Sipho Msomi, who took up the post of lecturer in January. He will be teaching Corporate Finance to the second year MBA students and will be acting as MBA Course Co-ordinator.

Msomi holds a Masters in Business Applied Finance, from the University of Southern Queensland (Australia).  He also holds qualifications from UKZN, UNISA and the South African Institute of Financial Markets (SAIFM).  He is currently enrolled for a PhD in Economics investigating how derivatives and hedge funds can be used to protect investors’ assets during periods of economic recession.  Msomi lectured at Masters level for several years at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU).

Msomi has extensive experience in wealth management, equity and derivative dealing functions, having worked for different stock-broking, insurance and private banking corporations. He has worked at management levels at SABMiller, BP Bernstein Stockbrokers, SA Stockbrokers, Sanlam, PSG Konsult and Rand Merchant Bank (under the banner of FNB Private Clients). Msomi is a qualified equity dealer, having satisfied all the requirements set by the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).

Msomi is excited to be part of the team that will develop MBA students to be better prepared to deal with the complexities of the work place, and to identify opportunities that arise from these complexities.  He said, “The beauty of an MBA programme is its ability to immediately add value by providing suitable skills and tools that are required in addressing complex challenges that are encountered in the business world.” He is mindful that an MBA programme is a two way learning process that also allows the lecturer to learn from the experiences of his students.

Msomi runs his own investment consulting business, Ohpis Nevets Investments. He is involved in a variety of investment and wellness initiatives, including mentoring of previously disadvantaged youth on issues relating to investments in general, and the JSE specifically. Msomi is Chairman, and co-founder of Intibane Investment and Wellness Club (IIWC) which is based in Port Elizabeth. He is passionate about triathlons, having finished Iron-Man South Africa in 2009, in 14 hours, and 17 minutes.

Head of the GSB, Professor Anesh Singh said: “I am excited that we have a team member of the caliber of Steve.  He brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge to make a valuable contribution to our programmes. Furthermore, he is very passionate about education. I certainly have great faith that Steve will rise to great heights at the GSB and I wish him well in his career at the University.”


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EXCHANGE STUDENT ENJOYS EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN CANADA

EXCHANGE STUDENT ENJOYS EDUCATION PROGRAMME IN CANADA

Ms Sindisiwe Msimango, a student at UKZN’s Faculty of Education is treasuring every moment away from her homeland in a student exchange programme at the Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.

 

Msimango is amongst the few students selected annually by the University’s International Office and relevant Faculty to participate in an exchange programme overseas.

 

On her departure on December 30, 2010, Msimango could not believe her dream was coming true. She was encouraged to apply by another student from her Faculty who had gone on a similar programme to Drake University in the United States of America the previous year.

 

Her biggest fear came after her interview call, “but God had mercy on me that day and I was able to face the interview,” she added.

“I'm here in Canada and I'm so excited about this opportunity,” said Msimango. “It is my wish to see more students at the University participating in this programme in future. Being in other institutions around the world is one experience that all students should desire in their tertiary life. It’s a good time to explore and learn the different cultures as well as being exposed to other pedagogical approaches that are far different from those applicable in our home University,” she said.

Apart from the much cooler climate in Canada and missing her supportive family, she is enjoying interacting with a mix of people. “This I find so exciting because I'm learning their culture so well as well as their languages. … I find myself being the only black student in the lecture rooms and the professors are so helpful and always considerate of me as an exchange student, giving all the support I need at times,” she said.

Msimango is enrolled for a programme in the Arts, taking four modules: Philoso
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