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Closing the gap in science leadership
For Dr Samson Khene, a lecturer in physical chemistry at a South African university, the Africa Science Leadership Programme has opened his eyes to the power and responsibility of science to solve complex social problems.
African tongues losing favour?
THE Eastern Cape has a rich seam of intellectual and cultural heritage. This arises from the fact that in the early encounters between the colonial settlers and the indigenous inhabitants of the area of the Eastern Cape now known as the Zuurberg, the European settlers established a foothold followed by the missionaries.
Rhodes, advocating for a multilingual learning environment
In a discussion held last week, the Transformation Language Group resolved that intensive advocacy towards language transformation at Rhodes University is essential to highlight the gains achieved over the past three years.
Finding success against all odds: the story of Olwethu Waka
Success is no accident, says Pele, arguably the world’s all-time best footballer.
Rhodes hosts conference on African intellectuals, their work and its place in academia
Rhodes University will host an intensive two-day Colloquium under the theme - Rethinking South African Canonical Writing: Centering the isiXhosa Writings of the 19th and Early 20th centuries from 21 to 22 June 2017.
Dr Mkhize calls for universities to teach citizenship and ubuntu
Former Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Dr Zweli Mkhize and Treasurer of the African National Congress (ANC), urged institutions of higher education to produce citizens that consider their education as an investment in society during a public Lecture on Citizenship and our Country yesterday at Rhodes University.
Rhodes to raise R1 billion for students financial aid
Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor launched an ambitious student financial support initiative called Isivivane Fund in Grahamstown today.
An opportunity to make hopes, dreams and aspirations a reality
Thank you for joining us on this significant and historic day of our University.
Rhodes launches ambitious student support fund - Isivivane
When Phelokazi Ndaba*, a 19-year-old Rhodes University law student, became one of the first group of 150 students to benefit from the newly launched Isivivane Fund
Universities consulted on the internationalisation policy in higher education
Rhodes University recently hosted Chief Mabizela, Chief Director of higher education policy for the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) to engage on the draft Policy Framework for Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa as part of International Week.
Alumni add their voice on the Transformation of RU
Rhodes University alumni consultations swung into action in May with several well-attended meetings in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Namibia and in Perth.
Research Conference to look into the devastating impact of climate change
Rhodes University will host the third two-day Adaptation Colloquium (Think Tank) on climate change from 30 -31 May 2017.
Rhodes University’s SPI wins landmark media summit for Africa
GRAHAMSTOWN, South Africa – Fifteen years ago, Rhodes University’s Sol Plaatje Institute (SPI) for Media Leadership in South Africa introduced the study of media management and leadership for newsrooms in Africa and the developing world, making it the first such institution in Africa to teach this relatively new academic discipline.
Ambassador of Africa’s last colony gives talk at Rhodes University
Rhodes University hosted a discussion titled Africans Colonising Africans: Colonisation in present day Africa, the Western Sahara Conflict last night.
Dr Siphokazi Magadla presents Dialogue on women combatants during apartheid
Newly conferred Rhodes University Politics and International Relations lecturer, Dr Siphokazi Magadla , presents a Talk on “Yayi lixesha lento ayithethwa!": Women combatants and the armed struggle against apartheid this Wednesday at 6PM at the General Lecture Theatre (GLT).
Men urged to attend a men only discussion around Gender Based Violence
Amidst growing statistics of gruesome murder and violence perpetuated by men against women, a men only meeting is to be held this evening at the Zoo Major to discuss the current situation and the role that men can play to make the world a better place.
Final year student excluded from University for 10 years for rape
A final year Bachelor of Commerce student was this week excluded for 10 years from Rhodes University after being found guilty of rape.
Concern over illegal protest action by Nehawu as Nteu accepts revised offer and calls off industrial action.
Rhodes University is extremely concerned about an illegal and unprocedural protest action which took place on campus today against the requirements of a signed agreement between the University and organised labour in the institution.
Rhodes’ Jeff Opland awarded Ikhamanga by the President
Professor Jeff Opland, Research Associate and visiting Professor in the Rhodes University’s African Language Studies: School of Languages & Literatures will be awarded the presidential Silver in the Order of Ikhamanga Awards on Friday, 28 April 2017.
48 year old PhD graduate champions black excellence
Dr Nyameka Kangela and her academic achievements are the embodiment of black excellence, a value which her father instilled in her at a young age.
Rhodes organised labour hand over memoranda to management
The National Education Health and Allied Workers’ Union (Nehawu) and the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU), organised labour at Rhodes University
Barney Pityana conferred honorary doctorate by Rhodes University
Outspoken champion for human rights Professor Barney Pityana was conferred an honorary doctorate by Rhodes University over the weekend.
Meet the man who wrote Rhodes University’s first isiXhosa PhD thesis
Hailing from rural Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape, 31-year-old Kunju says his love affair with the language began at a young age.
Over 2 400 capped during Rhodes University's 2017 graduation ceremonies
It was smooth sailing at Rhodes University in Grahamstown where over 2 400 graduated with degrees and diplomas in six ceremonies - the last one was held on Saturday.
Rhodes University historic graduation off to a good start
Rhodes graduation got off to a smooth start this morning to mark the start of a programme in which six ceremonies will be held in three days to confer degrees and diplomas to over 2400 students.
Traditional Courts Bill, the devil in the details
Judge of Appeal Nambitha Dambuza, 45, addressed a lecture that interrogates the devil in the detail of the newly revised and approved 2017 Traditional Courts Bill on the 3rd of April 2017 as a guest of the Faculty of Law, Rhodes University, Grahamstown.
Strengthening a counter culture to gender based violence:
In my circular last week, I provided an update about the work that we are doing to strengthen a counter culture to rape and sexual/gender-based violence in our institution.
A questionable site using universities' information
It has come to our attention that a website unknown to Universities South Africa is using our corporate identity
Higher Education institutions team up to take on fundraising challenges
Seeking out proactive collaboration and designing approaches to shared institutional fundraising challenges were some of the issues discussed at the first Higher Education Fundraising Forum held at Stellenbosch University (SU) recently.
Calls for Nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Community engagement Award for 2016
The Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award is a prestigious and competitive annual award that recognises meaningful and committed partnerships between the members of the university and the community.
Science and indigenous knowledge: the best of both worlds
Learning is a collaborative process between teacher and learner. At least it should be.
SA academics receive local and international recognition for book on the current state of affairs in SA’s tertiary sector
Rhodes University academics Sally Matthews and Pedro Tabensky have been shortlisted for an NIHHS award in the Category: Best Non-Fiction edited book for their book Being at Home.
Science Festival highlights indigenous knowledge on its 21st year
This year marks the 21st year of existence for the Science Festival Africa currently underway in Grahamstown.
Hundreds of students to serve the Grahamstown Community
Over 600 Rhodes University students opened the new academic year with an intent to be more than just academic students but to actively engage in the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge to the greater Grahamstown community.
Over 600 students volunteer for Community Engagement 2017
One of the primary roles of a Higher Education institution in a society is knowledge generation and knowledge dissemination.
Tonight Rhodes University rugby is up against old rivals
Tonight Rhodes University rugby is up against old rivals, University of Fort Hare at the RU Great Field at 6:30pm.
Rhodes welcomes additional allocation for higher education in 2017 Budget
Rhodes University welcomes today’s announcement by the Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, of an increase in the budget allocation for higher education and NSFAS.
Rhodes Student wins Top National Competition
Helen Lenahan (g14L0854), currently registered for Classics Honours in the Classics section of the School of Languages and Literatures at Rhodes, has won two prestigious national competitions hosted by the Classical Association of South Africa (CASA).
3 Grahamstown learners awarded full Mathematics Scholarships
Three full scholarships for further study at Rhodes University were awarded to local Mathematics learners chosen from over 250 learners from 17 schools in the Grahamstown District
Office of the Premier funds academically deserving students
In line with their efforts to support academically deserving students to access higher education, Rhodes University signed a memorandum of understanding with the Office of the Premier (OTP) in the Eastern Cape last week.
Student Accommodation Update
By virtue of its small town location, most students attending Rhodes University require accommodation. Of the over 8 277 students that will register at Rhodes in 2017, 3 594 will have a place in the University residence as this is the capacity of the university residence system.
Rhodes University Opens Academic Year
Rhodes University hosted a media briefing in Port Elizabeth today (Tuesday, 14 February) where members of the media were briefed about some of the pertinent issues that face the University as they prepare for the start of the academic year, which starts next week.
Parents impressed with the first day of registration
The first day of Rhodes University’s Registration went off to an amazingly seamless start.
RU pledges Varsity Shield Debut winnings to education Fund
Rhodes University makes its FNB Varsity Shield debut today (Thursday, 9 February 2017) against Tshwane University of Technology in Tshwane at 6:30PM.
Peer educators to drive workplace health promotion
On Monday, 30 January 2017, community engaged research in higher education met health in a collaborative project that is run under the stewardship of Mr Thandi Mzizi,
Rhodes Welcomes new Director for Communications & Advancement
Having joined Rhodes University as the new Director for Communications and Advancement, former Parliamentary spokesman, Luzuko Jacobs has hit the ground running.
Rhodes University to Host Philosophy Transformation Dialogue
The terms “decolonisation” and “transformation” have captured the imagination of academics and students, and have recently found fertile ground for expression in the wake of the #FeesMustFall phenomenon.
Rhodes University ready for a new Academic Year
Following the #FeesMustFall protests at the end of last year, Rhodes University is one of the few universities in South Africa which successfully completed the full 2016 academic year, including the year-end exams for nearly all courses.
Rhodes University Maintains Exceptional record of Mandela Rhodes Scholarships
The Mandela Rhodes Foundation has announced its selection of the 13th cohort of Mandela Rhodes Scholars – six (6) of whom will be studying at Rhodes University this year.
280 million-year-old fossil reveals origins of chimaeroid fishes
High-definition CT scans of the fossilized skull of a 280 million-year-old fish reveal the origin of chimaeras, a group of cartilaginous fish related to sharks
Rhodes researchers form part of first-ever Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition (ACE) Project
Two Rhodes University microbiologists will join a team of 50 researchers from 30 countries to participate in the first circumnavigation of Antarctica.
South African professor says Africa must solve its own problems
Africa must learn to solve its own problems, says the winner of this year's African Union (AU) Kwame Nkrumah Scientific Award, Professor Tebello Nyokong of Rhodes University in Grahamstown in Eastern Cape Province.
All-female research team heads to Antarctica for pioneering study
Seven researchers from Rhodes University are heading to Antarctica for the annual summer relief voyage on 30 November 2016. This is the largest contingent from any South African University on this year’s expedition and includes two academic staff members and five students.
Environmental Award Winners 2016
The winners of the Rhodes University Environmental Awards 2016 were presented with their trophies on Wednesday 23 November in the Senior Common Room. The winners of the Individual Award was a joint award to Prof Brian Allanson and Mrs Louw Claassens.
Safety and security on campus
Safety and security on campus are both an individual and a collective responsibility of all students and staff. On its part, the University has a responsibility to take all such steps as may reasonably be practicable to create a safe and secure university environment in which students and staff can learn, work and live.
Call for Nominations: Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Executive Training
The Bloomberg Media Initiative course applications are now open.
Unfortunately, Rhodes University experienced disruption in the early morning of 5 October 2016. Protesters invaded residences on the upper part of campus while students were sleeping. Fire alarms were set off as the residences were invaded. Tyres and two rain water storage tanks were also set alight in the immediate vicinity.
Declaration of a Higher Education & Training multi-stakeholder summit that took place on 03 October 2016.
On 03 October 2016 the Minister of Higher Education & Training, Dr Blade Nzimande, convened a multi-stakeholder consultative forum in Kempton Park to deliberate and reach a common position on the crisis engulfing our public Higher Education system.
Letter from the Vice-Chancellor
Since the start of disruptions of the academic activities of our University on Tuesday, 22 September 2016, I have received numerous e-mail messages from students, academic and support staff and parents who are anxious and concerned about events on campus.
Public Lecture by Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation
The Political and International Studies Department hosted The Honourable Luwellyn Landers MP, Deputy-Minister of International Relations and Cooperation who delivered a timely lecture on Wednesday, 14th of September 2016, unpacking the importance of fostering development and democracy through international relations and diplomacy.
Let us march in support of our students and our public higher education system
Our public higher education stands on the edge of a precipice. The challenges confronting our system demand that we all work together to strengthen rather than weaken it further
Rhodes University’s response to the Minister of Higher Education & Training’s statement on university tuition fee adjustments for 2017
Rhodes University notes and welcomes the Minister's recommendations regarding university tuition fee adjustments for 2017. We particularly welcome Government's commitment to assist students who come from poor and working class families and those who come from mid-level income families.
Kgalema Motlanthe calls for reawakening of the values of uBuntu
Rhodes Business School hosted former President Kgalema Motlanthe for the second Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust (ATMDT) annual lecture, on Monday 12th September 2016.
Rhodes University Celebrates Dedicated Retirees on Arbor Day
Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela, hosted the annual Arbor Day Tree Planting Ceremony to honour recently retired staff members who were in service of the University for 15 years and more, on 6 September 2016.
Motlanthe calls on SA to hold leaders ‘accountable’
Former state president Kgalema Motlanthe has said the only way to address ruling party “arrogance and deceit” is to hold leaders accountable.