Vice-Chair of the Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences and a leading researcher in Pharmaceutics at UKZN, Professor Thirumala Govender, was at the handover of books and a bookshelf to the Sunfield Home School in Canelands, near Mt Edgecombe.


The school caters for intellectually impaired learners aiming to train them to become self-sufficient and confident members of society who reach their full potential with dignity and grace.


The books were donated by the International Conference of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (ICPPS).


Govender and Professor Fatima Suleman, Convenor of the ICPPS 2011 conference and former Head of School and Associate Professor in the Discipline of Pharmaceutical Sciences at UKZN, were warmly received by the school Principal, Mr Pooven Govender, staff and playful young learners who were grateful to receive the books.


The learners’ faces lit up when each was handed a book to page through. ‘We really appreciate the generous donation,’ said Mr Govender.


ICPPS brings academic scientists, leading engineers, industry researchers and postgraduate students together to exchange and share their experiences and research results about all aspects of Pharmacy, Pharmacology and the other aspects of Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as to discuss the practical challenges encountered and the solutions adopted.


The books donated were part of the conference and Academy’s community outreach initiatives. The hand-over ceremony might have been the start of a new partnership between the School and some of the disciplines in the School of Health Sciences at UKZN, as University students may gain community work experience working with the learners in Sunfield Home School.

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UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science recently played host to two visiting academics from the University of Edinburgh (UoE).

Dr Philip Bailey, who is Director of Internationalisation within the UoE’s School of Chemistry, and Dr Murray Low, a former UKZN lecturer now based at Edinburgh, were visiting South Africa to promote a new partnership in Chemistry that has recently been forged between the two universities.   

With a Memorandum of Understanding in place, it will now be possible for UKZN Chemistry students to proceed to the University of Edinburgh after two and a half years of study at UKZN.  After a further two years of study at that university they will be awarded a Bachelor of Science from UKZN and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree from UoE.

The programme finishes with students returning to UKZN for a final year of study, during which time they will undertake a Masters degree by research, emerging with a Master of Science in Chemistry and an enviable and highly employable triad of academic qualifications.   ‘The aim of the programme is to keep highly skilled graduates within South Africa to help build the country’s economy,’ said Bailey.  ‘That is why we have stipulated that students must return and do their MSc at UKZN.’

The purpose of Bailey and Low’s visit was to publicise the joint Chemistry study programme, which aims to accept its first crop of students in September 2013 to coincide with the start of the European academic year.  To this end, the duo visited maths and science students at schools in the Durban and Pietermaritzburg areas.

They also presented to current UKZN first and second year Chemistry students and encouraged those who had excelled academically to broaden their horizons and take up the opportunity to study abroad.  Bailey explained to students that whilst study at UoE was expensive, plans were in place to appro
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Dean and Head of the Graduate School of Business and Leadership, Professor Stephen Migiro, recently addressed delegates at the International Conference on Global Business Environment  in Bangkok, Thailand.

The conference - which brings people from the academic and business worlds together - called for submission of work in the form of a research paper, a conceptual paper, and technical report addressing the timely issues and developments in society, business, education, and technology.

Migiro presented a well received paper titled the: “International Financial Reporting Standards (IRFS): A contextual Review of Adoption and Implementation around the world.”

The paper reviews the IRFS in the context of their meaning, importance, global adoption and challenges and whether the standards are necessary or not.

Inspired by the recent financial scandals and crises in the global economy, Migiro unpacked the argument that these crises are a consequence of failure to disclose crucial information about how organisations are being run.

‘In light of this, it is believed that adoption of IFRS by companies will ensure that quality information is made available to stakeholders.

The paper concludes that in spite of the major efforts by standard setting bodies to develop and promote quality standards, the challenges are many and that the results on the success of IFRS adoption are inconclusive,’ explained Migiro.

Visiting postgraduate student Ms Nana Hengelhaupt of the NUI Galway National University in Ireland recently presented her research on Irish Enlightenment at a gathering on the Howard College campus.

Her visit was part of the Enlightenment and Global History (Englobe) project of which UKZN is a recognised extra-European partner.

Hengelhaupt’s research focussed on European Enlightenment and the impact it has had on the colonial mentality of Ireland.

According to Hengelhaupt, the Enlightenment was characterised in terms of cultural progress, cosmopolitism and anti-clerical secularisation.

‘Ireland was easily identified as an uncivilized, priest-ridden and “benighted” periphery. And recent surveys show the considerable trade and diffusion of enlightened works and ideas in 18th century Ireland,’ she said.

She mentioned Irish writers such as William Molyneux, John Toland, George Berkeley and Thomas Paine who gave the Irish enlightened ideas to challenge the British constitution to treat the Irish equally.

She explained further her research into Dublin polymath William Molyneux purely because of his “Empirical Enlightenment” and his scientific approach to provide accurate input to the Irish political context.

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Abafundisi asebemkantshubomve bakwaSchool of Nursing nePublic Health e-UKZN, izihambeli nababambisene nabo abavela eNyuvesi yaseNorway i-University of Tromsø (UiT) bebehlangene ukuzobonisana ngezinto ezahlukene.

Bakhulume ngokuthi ukusebenza ndawonye kuzolinyusa kanjani izinga ngokocwaningo, ukushicilela lolocwaningo nokushitshana ngabafundisi nabafundi, ikakhulukazi ezifweni ezibucayi nezithinta abagula ngenqondo.

Ucwaningo olubheka impatho yabafundi abangabahlengikazi abasuke beze eNingizimu Afrika lwenziwa uSolwazi Henriksen wase-UiT ehlangene noNkz Charlotte Engelbrecht wase-UKZN.

Lolucwaningo lungumphumela wesivumelwano esisayindwe ngoNhlolanja ka2011 phakathi kwesikole sobuhlengikazi sase UiT kanye nabeSchool of Nursing ne Public Health e-UKZN.

Abafundi abane base-UiT bafika bahlala enyanga eyodwa eNyuvesi nezinyanga ezimbili e-Alfred Nzo District Municipality eMatatiele.

Labafundi babefikele ezandleni zika-Engelbrecht, bathola nethuba lokuhlangana nabafundi abenza unyaka wesine ezifundweni zeBachelor of Nursing (Psychiatric nursing). Kulesikhathi abafundi bathola ithuba lokushintshisana ngolwazi lwabo kanye nezindlela abazosizana ngazo uma benza lolucwaningo.

USolwazi Sissel Lisa Storli wase-UiT uthule inkulumo ekhuluma ngezinto ezenzeka kubantu abebekade besezingozini ezahlukene, ekhuluma ngokulashwa kwabo egumbini labagula kakhulu ngesikhathi besesibhedlela.

Kuvele nokuthi abantu balufuna kakhulu ulwazi ngokuthi iziguli zilashwa kanjani, ikakhulukazi ngokwenqondo emuva kokuba segumbini labagula kakhulu. Abafundi abenza izifundo zabo zePhD banikezwe ithuba lokuba bacwaninge ngalokhu.

‘Maningi amathuba okubambisana nabaphesheya kwezocwaningo,’ kusho uStorli emuva kokuvakashela isibhedlela Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central eThekwini, namagumbi amathathu abantu abagula kakhulu. Ufuna ukuba kwenziwe ucwaningo ekufundeni kwabahlengikazi kanye nocwaningo ngomsebenzi wobuhlengikazi.

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Professor Fumihiko Saito from Ryukoku University in Japan recently visited the Centre for Civil Society on the Howard College campus to deliver a research presentation on: “Shifting to Local Governance”.

Saito said the shift from local government to local governance had become widely popular in recent years.

However, this shift actually stemmed from diverse rationales and there were different problems associated with this discourse.

Based on cross-national research from Japan, Europe and Africa, Saito argues that shifts toward local governance and increasing emphasis on new arrangements such as local public-private partnerships need careful interpretation.

Three global changes that facilitate sustainable development were noted by Saito including the change from Government to Governance in which the decentralisation theme played a role.


Decentralisation was seen as a process to transfer authority from national government to sub-national government in deciding upon plans or actions. Saito pointed out that various forms of decentralisation were being pursued in industrial and developing countries to make the states both democratic and developmental.

Toward democratisation, decentralisation intends to widen the opportunities for citizens to participate in local decision-making processes. As for economic development, the decentralised states are expected to reduce poverty by making public services more responsive to the needs of people. Decentralisation, therefore, has often been regarded as a “p
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Bachelor in Business Administration student Ms Serina Kalkapersad (21) of the Pietermaritzburg campus was recently crowned Miss India South Africa 2012 proving that beauty and brains are a dynamic combination.

Kalkapersad will represent South Africa at the international round of the Miss Indian Princess Pageant in Mumbai.

She said she was excited about being part of the prestigious event and interacting with people from different cultures.

‘I have always been interested in modelling and entering beauty pageants and entered my first competition when I was nine… and won!

‘To win this title is a very big achievement for me because it proves that nothing is impossible,’ she said.

While modelling is a passion for Kalkapersad completing her qualifications and becoming a business woman is priority.

‘Although I am focusing on the Miss India pageant I will ensure that I do not miss out on tests and school work because my education is very important. When I return from Mumbai I will be dedicated to my studies,’ said Kalkapersad.

Her future plans envisage using her business acumen and modelling skills to empower the youth and helping her community through social responsibility.

An Indian teaching Afrikaans at university level?  Strange… but true and very much in evidence at UKZN through lecturer Mr Darryl David. David is believed to be the only Indian Afrikaans lecturer in South Africa and this remarkable man’s talents don’t end there.

He has also:

And just to cap it all he will launch the first Zulu Literary Museum in the country later this year!

A very busy person to say the least yet he seems to take it all in his stride. David said he stumbled on the term “Booktown” while doing research for a PhD on literary tourism which he is still busy with. (A Booktown is a town or village in which second-hand or antique bookshops are concentrated - the most famous being Hay-on-Wye in Wales).

The School of Health Sciences kicked off the 2012 academic year by selecting 22 mentors to be trained for a Peer Wellness Mentoring Programme over a period of three days to the benefit of its first level entry students.


The Peer Wellness Mentoring Programme serves to ensure the smooth introduction and eventual transition of the students into the University environment. Peer Mentoring is based on the well documented fact that students most often seek out other students for help when experiencing challenges and difficulties with all aspects of life.


The peer mentoring process is a supportive, learning opportunity in which mentors respond to and help facilitate the growth and development of other students. ‘It is therefore a process in which trained and supervised students (peer wellness mentors) offer empathic listening, support and problem solving skills,’ explained Mrs Wulli Thaver, Life Skills Officer in the College of Health Sciences (CHS).


‘Mentors are further trained to identify students who require specialised support services and the relevant referral process for this.’


The mentors underwent intensive training which encompassed the relevant skills required to perform their roles and responsibilities. They have since embraced their new roles and have become involved in supporting first entry students in the various disciplines in the College during the Orientation programme and the weeks that followed.


‘Attending a tertiary institution is one of the first major life transitions for many young adults, often bringing with it various challenges and mixed emotions. Students will benefit from talking to and being supported by other students who have already made the transition successfully,’ Thaver remarked.


At a recent debriefing session, Mentors expressed their excitement at having been successful in the selection process and effective in their roles. New students required support in terms of finding their way around the campus, academic skills to cope with their workload, and other areas of concern.


The Mentors have 
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The first German Monday Film Show for 2012 on the Howard College campus was a great success.

German film fans streamed into the Foreign Languages media room to view Nirgendwo In Afrika (Nowhere in Africa) which is based on the autobiographical novel by Stephanie Zweig.

The film, which came alive on the big screen with the help of Director Caroline Link, is set in 1938 and focuses on a German-Jewish family and their emigration to Kenya, honing in on their sense of loss, their gradual adjustment to Africa, and their ultimate love for their adopted country.

The film – an award winner at the 2003 Oscars - takes the viewer on an aesthetic and emotional journey. 

German Language Lecturer, Dr Marion Pape, chose the movie because of its gripping story line and its commercial value to attract new viewers to the Monday film evenings. She is also currently reading and discussing the autobiographical novel with her third year class.

Pape reflected on her interest in German films which spawned the launch of the Monday Film evenings more than a decade ago. ‘I am very interested in films and do it out of pleasure. I also do it for my students and for anyone inside and outside the university who has an interest in Germany and German films.

‘It is my way of community outreach. But I also think that through films you can learn a lot about a country and the history and mentality of the different people and groups in the contemporary German society,’ she said.

It was no coincidence that Condom and STI Awareness Week - an annual event hosted by the UKZN's AIDS Programme - was held this year between 13 and 17 February.

Planned around Valentine's week, several activities were conducted across all five campuses at UKZN, encouraging the University community to know their health status and prevent sexually transmitted infections. 

The key message of the week was: Sexually Transmitted Infections and pregnancy are evidence of unprotected sex.

By making a conscious decision to take precautions for not spreading infection, students and staff were involved in a programme of events with HIV counseling and testing and condom distribution on all campuses. Condoms were distributed to all facilities especially ablutions including residences on and off campus.

Talks on STIs were held and about 80 students and staff participated in an evening session hosted by Howard College peer educators where two residences combined for a very vocal event.

Participants were reminded that HIV and AIDS is a biopsychosocial and economic issue affecting nearly one third of the global population. Sub Saharan Africa is hardest hit with South Africa having the highest number of HIV and AIDS cases and KwaZulu-Natal having the highest prevalence levels.

The UKZN AIDS Programme engages relevant role players to create awareness that while not curable, HIV and AIDS are preventable.

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UKZN’s Howard College Debating Union held its annual new membership induction and general meeting recently, attracting new members who flocked to the venue eager to join and share in the union’s successes.

Union President Ms Seham Areff believes the Union will participate in more tournaments this year. ‘We are building on the momentum gathered from our exceptional performance at last year’s National and PAN African tournaments. We have some development and debating outreach projects planned and an intensive training programme for our own debaters. There is a lot to expect and a lot to be excited about,’ said Areff.

The union has started recruiting new members offering intense training programmes in the coming weeks with internal debates to follow. This is all in preparation for the upcoming main tournament, the South African National Universities Debating Championships in Limpopo.

Areff said internal debates would be held twice a week with each week counting as a round of the internal league.

A running ‘tab’ of wins and speaker points for each team would be drawn up with awards being handed out at the end of the year for the best and most improved speakers. ‘This year our debating afternoons are on Mondays and Fridays. Debates range from normative to specific motions on the topics of economics, politics and current affairs,’ she said.

Second year Geography student Ms Roxanne Parthab is stoked to be a part of the debate union. ‘I decided to join because I wanted something challenging and I’m expecting a lot of hard work but I know I’m going to enjoy it,’ she said.

Another new member and second year Politics and Legal studies student, Miss Noeline Xulu, is looking forward to debating in tournaments in the coming weeks. ‘I believe I have the necessary traits like confidence and global knowledge that I can use.’

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