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Change your Attitude

“I can’t change my status but you can change your attitude,” is one of the slogans for this year’s World AIDS Day theme of ‘Getting to Zero discrimination’.

Rhodes will be closed on Wednesday 17 December 2014 and re-open on Monday 5 January 2015

Rhodes will be closed on Wednesday 17 December 2014 and re-open on Monday 5 January 2015

UN hand-picks Rhodes professor

INTERNATIONALLY acclaimed Rhodes University chemistry professor Tebello Nyokong is one of 12 scientists who were picked by United Nations secretary-general

Close look at progress in G'town water issue

A TOP-LEVEL government delegation yesterday visited Grahamstown to see the progress that had been made in solving ongoing water outages.

Five female postgraduate students head to Antarctica

The project Landscape Processes in Antarctic Ecosystems has six Rhodes Geographers heading to Antarctica on 4 December for the 2014/15 Summer to do research, including five women, which must be a record for South African Teams.

Overcoming the odds at Grahamstown school

Most pupils at Grahamstown's GADRA school come from disadvantaged backgrounds. So how has the school become the second-biggest feeder to Rhodes?

Near-tragic fire incident sparks student's rise

A TALENTED university graduate who was wasting away in a dead-end job when he nearly died in a life-changing shack fire

“Race, Institutional Culture and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions"

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal Press' forthcoming book edited by Rhodes University academics, Dr Sally Matthews and Professor Pedro Tabensky entitled: Being at ‘Home’: Race, Institutional Culture and Transformation at South African Higher Education Institutions.

Senior Teaching Award for 2013 – Ms Undine Weber

Language acquisition can be seen as a necessary means to an end, namely to develop understanding between people and cultures.

Rethinking the South African Crisis

Gillian Hart, a leading geographer on the global stage, a key protagonist in the revival of scholarship on Antonio Gramsci and a leading political theorist of the South African crisis offered a public lecture and postgraduate master class at Rhodes University recently entitled “’Political Society’ and Its Discontents: South African Reflections on Indian Debates”.

Allan Gray Academic Achievement Awards 2014

Rhodes University staff, students and members of Allan Gray celebrated successful partnerships, recognised talent and rewarded excellence at the recent Allan Gray Academic Achievement Awards.

Pandor to open high-tech nanotechnology facility at Rhodes

Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor is set to officially open the Centre for Nanotechnology Innovation atRhodes University, in Grahamstown, on November 14, placing the institution at the forefront of international nanotechnology research.

Rhodes has just the man to figure it out

He loves mathematics, sudoku and jogging. He believes that understanding our place in the universe is far more important than the accumulation of material possessions.

More to Soweto than izikhotane

Joburg is a popular site for documentary film making.

Alumnus wins National Tax Thesis Writing Competition

A well-respected legal firm and the South African Institute of Professional Accountants recently awarded David Grenville the Norton Rose Fulbright tax thesis writing award for the best 2013 Master’s degree tax thesis in South Africa.

Archbishop donates to Rhodes lecture

Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town Thabo Magkoba was in Grahamstown Tuesday 28 October to officially hand over a donation to Rhodes Business School, which his trust has selected to host an annual lecture on values based leadership.

Ebola Detection and Discovery

In a very topical Peter Rose Biotechnology Annual Lecture, Dr Felicity J Burt presented Ebola Detection and Discovery: a talk on Ebola and other haemorrhagic fevers.

Father inspired new Rhodes VC

FROM a rural village to vice-chancellor of Rhodes University, Dr Sizwe Mabizela's academic journey to the top was encouraged at the knee of his working class father.

Mabizela takes University to town

The new Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University Dr Sizwe Mabizela has an ambitious vision for Grahamstown, based on the fact that the University is an integral part of the community.

Premier congratulates vice-chancellor

EASTERN Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle has congratulated Rhodes University's newly appointed principal and vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela.

Bugged by insects' many names

Insects have different names not only in each of our 11 official languages, but within each of those languages depending on geographical location.

Rhodes University appoints new vice-chancellor

Improving staff remuneration and helping to get the Eastern Cape education department out of its mess will be some of Rhodes University’s new vice-chancellor, Dr Sizwe Mabizela’s, priorities in his newly announced tenure ... and getting the local municipality that services the student town to keep the water and electricity on, of course.

Rhodes University appoints maths boffin as new principal

RHODES University has announced the appointment of mathematician Dr Sizwe Mabizela as the institution's new principal and vice-chancellor.

EC health, universities sign pledge

THE provincial department of health has signed a memorandum of agreement (MoA) with the four higher education institutions in the province in a bid to tackle some of the problems in the health sector.

Researchers turn to Brazilian bugs to fight alien invading plant

Researchers on Friday released several small Brazilian bugs into the wild, marking the start of a campaign to halt the spread of an alien invasive plant infesting large areas of South Africa's north-east coast.

School enviro heroes ready for more

A group of schoolchildren was named environmental heroes in the Rhodes University Environmental Awards in Grahamstown recently.

Visiting professor parallels events in Israel to South African history

On Thursday evening, South African professor Fred Hendricks — a former anti-apartheid activist — gave a talk entitled “Israel, an Apartheid State?”

First-ever release of pereskia stem-wilter in South Africa

The biological control agent to the invasive plant pereskia will be released into South Africa for the first time in a public release ceremony on 10 October 2014 at Rhodes University in Grahamstown.

Behind the Icon – Tebello Nyokong: The compassionate scientist

This week, 21 Icons focuses its lens on the 10th icon of its second season: Tebello Nyokong

Language a pivotal tool to effect transformation at university

Language is one of the pivotal tools to effect transformation at a university like Rhodes

SRC to discuss Academic Freedom and the Student Experience

Rhodes University Academic Freedom Committee will host a discussion on Academic Freedom and The Student Experience at Rhodes University

IDZ boosts job levels - report

The Coega industrial development zone (IDZ)has reduced Nelson Mandela Bay unemployment levels and also has the potential to uplift other parts of the Eastern Cape.

Rhodes Research Fellow wins the prestigious award

Dr Oghenekaro Nelson Odume of the Unilever Centre for Environmental Water Quality (UCEWQ) in the Institute for Water Research (IWR)

Faculty of Pharmacy to host World Heart Day

Rhodes University Faculty of Pharmacy will host World Heart Day on Monday, 29 September at Eden Grove Red.

'Rhodes must transform'

Rhodes University needs more black and women professors.

Changing Rhodes name 'not a priority'

THE new chairman of the Rhodes University council yesterday urged the institution not to be distracted by calls to change its name. He said the university should rather focus on pressing challenges like sustainability.

Tiny Wessa branch takes top award

THEY may only have a handful of members but this has not stopped a group of Grahamstown eco-activists from scooping a top award. The 50 volunteers at the Grahamstown Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (Wessa) branch were honoured at the recent national annual awards and judged the best branch in the country.

Helping matrics do well is his passion

Driven by a deep-seated desire to have every parent beaming with pride at seeing their children graduate and climb up the academic ladder, Port Elizabeth’s Rev Dr Simon Gqubule has dedicated the latter part of his life to ensuring pupils get off on a sound footing.

Drama Department collaborators win best international production

Associate Professor Andrew Buckland, PhD Candidate Rob Murray, and final year MA student Liezl de Kock

Prof Trengove to deliver public lecture

Visiting Law Professor and Advocate, Wim Trengove SC will deliver a public lecture on Monday (22 September) entitled

Up4Debate: Are We Going About it in the Right Way?

This week, Up4Debate responds to the recent unveiling of new legislation by the Minster of Land Reform and Rural Development with regards to land reform in South Africa.

The rise of green economy

Outlining the various ways in which corporate South Africa has engaged the emerging green global economy

'Infuse' education with African culture to raise school results

SOUTH Africa's poor school pass rates could be improved if indigenous knowledge was worked into the education system.

Rhodes to host national conference for postgraduates

About 100 postgraduate students from the Eastern Cape Universities and South Africa are expected to attend the Inter-disciplinary 6th annual

“Heritage, Identity and Social Cohesion”

African Language Studies in Association with the National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Chairs Initiative (SARChI Chair)

Call to take action against brutality on journalists

THE Eastern Cape government has called on the international community to take action against brutality on journalists.

Rhodes to host literacy conference

THE ninth Reading Association of South Africa (Rasa) conference, to be held on the Rhodes University campus this weekend

New scholarship honours murdered student

Rhodes University has established a bursary in memory of murdered student Lelona Thembakazi Fufu.

Judge Davis calls for nuanced debate on tax

Calling for a more nuanced debate about the role of tax in the South African economy and broader society

Helping matrics do well is his passion

Retirement means nothing to this dedicated educationist DRIVEN by a deep-seated desire to have every parent beaming with pride at seeing their children graduate and climb up the academic ladder, Port Elizabeth's Rev Dr Simon Gqubule has dedicated the latter part of his life to ensuring pupils get off on a sound footing.

Mali brings Rhodes award back home

"MAYBE one day when I am old and sitting on a stoep on a farm somewhere and watching my grandchildren play I will feel like an old Rhodian.

“Truth is often the first casualty in conflict”

Describing the intractable conflict between Israel and Palestine as comprising the best illustration of the greatest gap between reality

Accounting students excel in the Initial Test of Competence

As one of only two South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) accredited universities who achieved a 100% pass rate across the two 2014 examinations

Ngubeni scoops the prestigious TATA Scholarship Award

Minister of Science and Technology, Ms Naledi Pandor presented the prestigious 2014 Women in Science TATA Scholarship Award to Grace Ngubeni

Rhodes to honour alumni

Rhodes University will honour six Old Rhodians (Rhodes Alumni) who have enhanced the reputation of the University during the annual awards ceremony

Specialists help pupils improve their matric results.

A COMMUNITY school for matrics who got bad marks the first time round has earned widespread praise for producing as many annual university passes as six Grahamstown township schools combined.

Skills shortage addressed as 400 analysts trained

TWO years after the Rhodes University Business School and Standard Bank partnered to offer a programme to address business analyst skill shortages in South Africa, 400 have graduated.

Retirement to claim 50% of researchers

SA will lose its most productive group of researchers over the next decade, as about half of the country's professors and associate professors reach retirement age, according to a paper authored by researchers from a number of universities.

Environmental issues come under spotlight at Rhodes

THE link between culture, nature and wellbeing, children's perceptions of the environment, as well as long-term vegetation change in the climate biomes of southern Africa and its implications for conservation will be in the spotlight at an "Arid Zones — Thicket Fusion" conference in Grahamstown next month.

Two Rhodes students impress panel to win 'activist' bursary

A PRESTIGIOUS bursary set up in memory of a Grahamstown community activist has been awarded to two Rhodes University students.

Prof Maylam reflects on Rhodes history

Rhodes University Emeritus Professor Paul Maylam delivered a keynote address focused on Rhodes University’s history

Postgraduate students win first place at Marine Science Symposium

Two Rhodes University students, Denham Parker and Phumlile Cotiyane won best student presentation and best student poster respectively

Adventurers row into history

Rhodes graduate sails from Australia to Mauritius AFTER almost two months paddling a rowing boat from Australia to Mauritius, the biggest disappointment for South African extreme athlete Cameron Bellamy was not making it home instead.

Harnessing the power of enzymes to sustainably fuel

The oil price, which drives the world’s economy, is currently in a lull at $106 per barrel, but this will not last, and we can expect prices to rise again.

Eastern Cape learners partake in Eskom Expo

A group of 88 excited and motivated learners from across the Eastern Cape converged at Rhodes University recently to partake in the Rhodes University

Water specialists form branch of national body

WATER is one of nature’s most precious resources, so it is understandable that there are organisations to protect and nurture it.

Prof Mbembe reflects on South Africa’s future

Professor Achille Mbembe from the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) discussed the most crucial questions that have not been resolved in South Africa in the past 20 years, pertaining the future of the country.

'World fails Gaza's children'

RHODES University acting vice-chancellor Dr Sizwe Mabizela at the weekend expressed his utter disgust at the killing of Palestinian children

WASA re-examining 110 Years of the Rhodes Purple and White Story

On Women’s Day (9 August 2014), the Women’s Academic Solidarity Association (WASA) at Rhodes University will host a colloquium entitled

The ritual of remembering Gordimer

“The truth is not beautiful, but the search for it is,” Nadine Gordimer once famously said.

Prof Mbembe to deliver a public lecture on Non-racialism

The Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU) will host one of South Africa’s most potent contributors to the analysis of modern politics

1 000 students protest against rape

More than 1 000 Rhodes University students and staff braved the winter chill early yesterday morning to march across campus to protest rampant rape and sexual violence.

Rhodes campus outraged at Israeli action

A PETITION condemning the ongoing violence in Gaza has been signed by more than 300 members of the Rhodes University community.

World-class classical trio in PE performance

The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University department of music in collaboration with Rhodes University is hosting a performance by the internationally acclaimed Chameleon Trio tomorrow.

Gordimer remembered at Rhodes

Writers, poets and academics commemorated Nobel Prize winning author Nadine Gordimer's contribution to South African literature

Expert aid for matrics

THE apartheid regime’s Bantu education system did “a lot of harm to our people”, but a Uitenhage octogenarian is hoping to change that.

EC leads in human rights litigation

SOME of the most important and extraordinary innovations in socio-economic rights litigation were pioneered in the Eastern Cape, says internationally renowned law Professor Sandra Liebenberg.

Rhodes University remembers two drowned students

THE tragic deaths of two Rhodes University students during a fishing outing near Grahamstown on Saturday has galvanised Grahamstown.

Thank you for help in operation

On Saturday, two of our third year students, Mohammed Mussa and Rizwan Bhayat, drowned in the Settlers Dam in the Thomas Baines Nature Reserve.

Litigating socio-economic rights is hard in any circumstances

H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law at the Stellenbosch University Law Faculty

Death of two Rhodes students

It is with deep regret that I have to inform the University community of the tragic death of two of our students

Rhodes academics call for Palestinian solidarity

During apartheid, academics and students all over the world took a strong stand against injustice in South Africa.

Leading in Litigation

Eastern Cape communities, legal NGOs and the courts have played ? and continue to play ? a leading role in expanding the frontiers of legal procedures to enforce socio-economic rights.

Eastern Cape Universities to join forces against sexual violence

For the first time in the eight year history of the Silent Protest, students from Walter Sisulu University and the University of Fort Hare

Pesky weeds face extinction by insect

ONE of South Africa's "worst weeds" will soon meet its match and become the staple diet of an insect imported specifically to fight the alien plant.

Rhodes researchers move biological control agent out of quarantine

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) has recently granted permission to release the pereskia stem-wilter

Maqubela scoops Social Entrepreneur award

Rhodes University Statistics lecturer, Ms Thina Maqubela was recently awarded the Social Entrepreneur award

Rare snapshots of majestic cat

TWELVE thousand photographs over 18 months, fewer than 170 capturing what the cameras were after.

Black Achievement Stats Belie South Africa’s Post-Apartheid Success Story

Prior to 1994 when South Africa abolished apartheid and became a democracy, enrollment rates by race and ethnicity

Young woman wins business award

MOTHERWELL-born Thina Maqubela has proved that success has nothing to do with where one comes from, winning a regional businesswomen’s award last week.

Trio of black holes marks the spot for gravitational waves

An international team of astronomers, headed up by University of Cape Town postdoctoral fellow Roger Deane

Trio of supermassive black holes shake space-time

Astronomers have discovered three closely orbiting supermassive black holes in a galaxy more than 4 billion light years away.

Rhodes alumni awarded prestigious international scholarship

Two Rhodes University alumni, Dylan Smith and Timothy Abel, were recently awarded prestigious Rhodes Scholarships.

“My love for Grahamstown shines through my artwork”

“My love for Grahamstown shines through my artwork,” these are the words of Dr Amanda Tumusiime

Rowing home for charity. Australia to South Africa – 8000km in 80 days

In early May Capetonian Cameron Bellamy and an International rowing crew flew to Australia to begin their trans Indian Ocean rowing quest.

South African academics debate community engagement

Community engagement is increasingly playing a key role in university life in South Africa, but the concept itself remains underexplored.

Initiative gives hope to disabled

A Rhodes University collaboration that employs disabled Grahamstown people to raise insects that are released into the wild to fight invasive alien water plants has earned widespread praise.

Rhodes mourns MaMbeki

Rhodes University mourns the passing of its alumna, activist and struggle stalwart, Dr Epainette Mbeki on Saturday, 07 June 2014

Three in Olympiad's top 15

Three Nelson Mandela Bay pupils did their schools proud when they each secured a spot in the Top 15 at this year's De Beers English Olympiad.

Antarctica's climate changes in spotlight

ICE-COLD Antarctica may be thousands of kilometres and many climates removed from sunny South Africa but that does not mean its weather

Celebrating 10 years of miming coffee, cars and cows

In his 10th year of performing at the National Arts Festival, Richard Antrobus, an ex-Grahamstown local and Rhodes Alumnus

Praise for Badat's dedicated leadership

Speaker after speaker lauded outgoing Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Saleem Badat, for leaving Grahamstown on good terms and in good humour.

New partnership to focus on uplifting poor people

The Nelson Mandela Foundation has partnered with Rhodes University to uplift communities across South Africa.

The violence within love

Violence in our most personal relationships is symptomatic of the violence in our society, said Anthony Collins at a talk convened last week following the Amanda Tweyi shooting.

How Higher Education Builds a City

11 Government's programme of action is focused on redefining its cities by beefing up infrastructure.

G’town youth newspaper wins Sanlam media award

THE Upstart Youth Development Project in Grahamstown has won first place in the MDDA-Sanlam local media awards for the best front page

“Race is the elephant in the DA caucus”

The well-known political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer, writer and author Mr Eusebius McKaiser closed the 2014 Annual Teach-In with an insightful

Vice-Chancellor bids farewell to Rhodes University with no frills

The outgoing Rhodes Vice-Chancellor, Saleem Badat, is bidding farewell to Rhodes in the same style he held office: no fuss and no frills.

Fakir says declined voter support will have positive results

A RESPECTED South African political commentator has claimed that the drop in voter support for the ANC during the recent elections may precipitate more responsive government.

American Fellows explore leadership in South African universities

Fellows from America’s most visible and influential higher education association the American Council on Education (ACE),

Rhodes Politics Department honours Dr Sipho Maseko

During a seminar which considered the teaching of politics at Rhodes University, senior lecturer in the Political and International Studies Department

2014 elections brought change and continuity

The Manager of the Political Parties and Parliamentary Programme at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA), Mr Ebrahim Fakir

Munusamy’s reflection on Malema and EFF

Scores of Rhodes University students and staff braved the cold weather on Monday (19 May 2014) to listen to a political analyst and seasoned journalist

A fruitful partnership

When representatives from the Mandela Foundation heard at a meeting earlier this year how Rhodes University Community Engagement

EFF, Numsa party 'ones to watch'

WITH new kids on the political block, the EFF, and Numsa's proposed workers' party both vying for support, the relationship between the two could be a defining moment in South African politics

Academics debate Africanisation and transformation

Researchers, academics and public intellectuals from across South Africa gathered at Rhodes University recently to celebrate

The 12th Annual Teach-In debates 2014 Elections

The 12th Annual Teach-In Public Lecture Series will commence today (19 May 2014) and take place at Barratt Lecture Theatre

'Curiosity driven research'

Professor Jen Snowball, the recipient of Rhodes University's Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award for 2014, is never bored.


IT WAS incorrectly reported on Tuesday May 13 that two Rhodes University academics

Rhodes academics and local NGOs debate Community Engagement

Rhodes University academics and local Non-Governmental Organisations debated the role of the partnership between universities and the community

African Humanities Programme Advisory Committee met in Africa for the first time

For the first time, the Advisory Committee for the African Humanities Programme (AHP) met to select candidates for the programme’s doctoral

Zuma won't finish second term, predicts analyst

A respected South African political analyst has predicted President Jacob Zuma's second term of office would be mired by succession battles

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary edition of Politikon

The Political and International Studies Department at Rhodes University will be hosting a seminar tomorrow (14 May 2014) entitled

Student overcomes all odds

THE son of a Rhodes University gardener has graduated with a BSc.

SA calls for release of Nigerian girls

Rhodes University together with the Grahamstown community in the Eastern Cape have pleaded with the Nigerian government to intervene in returning the 234 Nigerian

PhD student scoops the Best African Student Paper prize

Juniours Marire, a PhD student in the Environmental and Natural Resources Research Focus Area (ENREFA) at Rhodes University, has won the Best African Student Paper prize

Fort Hare honours 'one of its sons'

University of Fort Hare honoured its own "son", the Reverend Dr Simon Gqubule, in East London yesterday for his lifetime of achievement in theology.

WASA discussion: Black ‘Born frees’ are not yet born

A controversial topic, Fire pools, berets and quick divorces, turned out to be a discussion about the “born-frees”- their struggles in post-apartheid South Africa and their political stance in the upcoming elections.

Rhodes graduate in crew to row across Indian ocean

A Rhodes University graduate is among a group of eight people entering their final phase of preparations today for a Guinness World Record attempt to row more than 8OOOkm from Australia to Durban.

Universities must think African, urges Pityana

African universities need to take charge of their research as Africans, Prof Barney Pityana told delegates attending a Rhodes University seminar on Wednesday.

Rhodes mourns a life cut short

Rhodes University, friends and family of Amanda Tweyi, who was killed in a university residence last week, paid tribute to the 21-year-old student at a memorial service.

Prof’s machine takes over the home

Imagine having the largest land vehicle on earth in your living space. Rhodes University retired maths lecturer Graham Shepherd's family knows exactly how it feels.

Prof Janice Limson to produce NanoNews

Jive Media Africa is excited to be producing NanoNews, with Prof Janice Limson at Rhodes University.

Memorial Service for the late Ms Amanda Tweyi

A Memorial Service for the late Ms Amanda Tweyi will be held in the Chapel of St Mary and All the Angels (Rhodes Chapel) on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 at 15h30.

Shakespeare's birthday celebrated in style

Professor Laurence Wright caused some raised eyebrows with his interpretation of Hamlet’s famous ‘To be or not to be’ soliloquy during his Shakespeare Birthday Lecture at Rhodes University's Eden Grove on Wednesday 23 April.

A two-way relationship

Managing water better, safely disposing of old medicine, and littering less were the focus of an environmental health awareness project

R17.5m Anglo project to improve, accelerate mine rehabilitation

Diversified miner Anglo American’s thermal coal business, Anglo Thermal Coal, has developed and patented a bioconversion technology that it believes could significantly reduce the cost and improve the rate and quality of opencast mine rehabilitation.

Rhodes alumna shortlisted for the 2014 Caine Prize

Rhodes University alumna, Ms Efemia Chela’s short story “Chicken” in Feast, Famine and Potluck published in South Africa 2013

Rhodes to host seminar on Africanisation of higher education institutions

Rhodes University will host a one day seminar on 30 April 2014 entitled: Africanisation and South African Higher Education Institutions.

Rhodes takes time to replace vice-chancellor

The process to find a new Rhodes University vice-chancellor to replace Dr Saleem Badat may have started but that does not mean it will be resolved quickly.

Rhodes lauds top achievers

SCIENCE, says Nobel Prize winner Dr Syndey Brenner, is about having new ideas and exploring and testing them, not about bureaucracy, committees

UHURU to host one day colloquium on Marikana

The Unit for the Humanities at Rhodes University (UHURU) will host a one day colloquium on 17 April 2014 entitled, “The Marikana Moment and the Post-apartheid state: migrant-worker subjectivity and state violence”.

Record Rhodes degrees and highest graduation rate

RHODES University opened its three day graduation period on a high note yesterday, with the institution set to award 2 367 degrees

Rhodes celebrates record graduation numbers

Rhodes University will this year graduate a total of 2 367 students, a new University record, at six graduation ceremonies over the next three days starting today (Thursday 10 April 2014).

Rhodes formally names its new labour market research unit

Rhodes University has formally launched its new labour market research unit now called the Neil Aggett Labour Studies Unit (NALSU)

CHERTL to research institutional differentiation in South African Higher Education sector

The National Research Foundation has awarded a grant to the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University

Grahamstown community project wins ABSA award

The Grahamstown-based Masibambane community project has scooped the ABSA award for the Best Child Development Training and Intervention Programme in South Africa.

Rhodes announces new Council Chairperson

The Rhodes University Council has elected its new chairperson, Mr Vuyo Kahla, a Rhodes alumnus

Appointing a new Vice-Chancellor for Rhodes

These are changing times for Rhodes University. Dr Saleem Badat has resigned after eight years to take up a post in New York with the Andrew W Mellon Foundation higher education programme.

Rhodes VC highlights rise in inequality

Too many in power used the state as their private piggy bank, putting strain on key democratic institutions. This was the warning from outgoing Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Dr Saleem Badat yesterday.

SA Nobel winner blazes DNA trail

A South African-born scientist's research into genetics over the past 60 years was a key to unlocking the genomic DNA of the coelacanth last year.

I feel gogo smiling at me when my achievements are recognised, author says

As a young girl living with her gogo in KwaZulu-Natal, Gcina Mhlophe — who receives an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University tomorrow — thought she was "the most travelled thing on two legs".

Rhodes staff members to cap children

It is sure to be a special day for Rhodes University graduates whose parents work on campus as they will not be capped by registrar Stephen Fourie, as usual, but by their mothers and fathers when graduation kicks off at the institution today.

Rhodes to honour Turok, Brenner and Mhlophe

RHODES University will confer honorary degrees on three outstanding South Africans during graduation later this week.

A tale of honour

Rhodes shows recognition to storyteller Gcina Mhlophe

Back at Rhodes after string of top positions

Enormous responsibility is nothing new to Vuyo Kahla, who, at the age of 26, was appointed assistant legal adviser to former president Nelson Mandela in 1996.

I put it to you, they'll win

Four Rhodes University students have just over a month in which to prepare to represent Africa at a law competition in Switzerland.

Rhodes-Grocott’s integration a new business model for newspapers?

Grocott’s Mail, one of the oldest newspapers in the country, has moved out of its historic home close to Grahamstown’s cathedral into Rhodes University’s Journalism and Media Studies school in an integration that is seeing the newsroom become the training ground for journalism students.

“WASA is a scream”

Founding member and first chairperson of the Women’s Academic Solidarity Forum (WASA) Dr Darlene Miller

Rhodes to research 'academic drift'

RHODES University has bagged a National Research Foundation grant worth nearly R700 000 to study South Africa's fraught academic space.

Study to probe how differing cultures of teaching develop

THE NATIONAL Research Foundation has given a grant to the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University

Rhodes head has plan that keeps on giving

IT is easy to believe that Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat wants the last cheque he ever signs to bounce.

Rhodes council gets its first black chairperson

THE Rhodes University management yesterday announced the institution's new council chairperson, Vuyo Kahla

Rhodes makes historic chairman appointment

THE Rhodes University council has elected its first black chairman.

Debating ethics in education

With a view of debating the extent to which South African schools and universities are ethical institutions, panellists Dr Sizwe Mabizela, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University and Chairperson of the Umalusi Board and Ms Madeleine Schoeman, principal of Ntsika High School recently participated in a panel debate under the theme, ‘The Ethical Educational Institution’.

Fun run for Grahamstown

More than 1000 Grahamstown residents are expected to participate in the newly revamped Makana Green Fun Run scheduled to take place on Sunday.

Vigorous debate vital

UNISA’S third annual Research and Innovation Week in Pretoria last week saw high-ranking academics from several South African universities engage in a vigorous debate on the role of research and scholarship in higher education.

Makana Green Fun Run promotes environmental sustainability in town

More than one thousand Grahamstown residents are expected to participate in the newly revamped Makana Green Fun Run

Educational interventions should aim at foundation phase

By the time learners are in high school it is often “too late” to intervene. Therefore, educational interventions should be aimed at foundation phase learners (Grades 1-3).

Getting personal in International Relations Politics

The need to rethink international relations from a personal perspective was the focus of a paper presented by a lecturer at the Political and International Studies, Ms Siphokazi Magadla.

Research chairs to grow SA's innovation competitiveness

Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on Friday announced the appointment of 54 new research chairs under the South African Research Chairs Initiative (Sarchi),

South Africa: Higher Education Needs More Funding

We need to produce a generation of academics rather than a generation of job seekers, but this would not be possible unless we take learning, teaching and research, more seriously than we do at present.

Sad goodbye to VC Badat

Rhodes University, Grahamstown and the entire Eastern Cape will be the poorer for the departure of Rhodes vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat.

Rhodes VC takes New York post

Rhodes University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat moves to New York later this year to take up a newly created post with the prestigious Andrew W Mellon Foundation.

Badat to head to New York after giving up Rhodes University

RHODES University’s first black vice-chancellor, Saleem Badat, who announced his resignation from the institution on Monday

Announcement related to the Rhodes university vice-chancellor’s departure by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

New York, NY (March 4, 2014): The President of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Dr. Earl Lewis, today announced the establishment of a new post of Program Director for International Higher Education and Strategic Projects.

Announcement by the Vice-Chancellor on his decision to step down

I wish to announce that I have advised the Chairperson of the Rhodes University Council, Judge Jos Jones, and our Chancellor, Justice Lex Mpati,

Tributes paid to 'father, mentor, great man'

A MENTOR, father figure and a fine human being were some of the words used to describe former Daily Dispatch editor Gavin Stewart by speakers at his memorial service yesterday.

Cancer scientist pines for students

A Rhodes University professor, Tebello Nyokong, who has made significant strides using

Analysts split on whether pledges will be fulfilled

WHILE some analysts have dismissed political parties' election promises as unrealistic pipe dreams impossible to achieve

The Fall of the ANC - What Next?

Sharing anecdotes from their latest book, The Fall of the ANC - What Next?, at Rhodes University recently, authors Mr Prince Mashele and Dr Mzukisi Qobo

Residents join hands to thank Madiba

THOUSANDS of Grahamstown residents braved wet and rainy conditions yesterday (Friday, 21 February)

Bloomberg funds to boost financial journalism in Africa

The Centre of Economics Journalism in Africa (CEJA) hopes that funding from the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa

Human Chain aims to bridge divides in Grahamstown

Thousands of Grahamstownians are expected to join hands, to reflect on the legacy of late former statesman Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela and bridge the class and race divide that is prevalent in Grahamstown through the Human Chain event on 21 February 2014.

No time to play, Badat warns newcomers at Rhodes

RHODES University was not a holiday destination, vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat warned first-year students in his orientation speech

It’s all systems go for registration at Rhodes

Rhodes University is expecting to register about 1 600 first year students today (Friday, 7 February) until Sunday, 9 February from 08h00 to 16h00 each day.

Emerging maths researcher honoured

First Rand Foundation Mathematics Education Chair Researcher, Dr Duncan Samson received a prestigious emerging researcher award

Rhodes student nets scholarship

A HARD working Rhodes University English masters graduate has recalled how she broke down in tears when told she had been awarded a prestigious scholarship

“Groundbreaking research into the nexus between research and community engagement”

In an effort to share their groundbreaking research into the nexus between research, water resource management and community engagement, Rhodes University’s Institute for Water Research (IWR) will hold its annual open day today with a focus on various scientific and conceptual models and modelling, and their use.

A Response to the South African Jewish Report and Ms Klazinga on ‘Jews unwelcome at Rhodes’

On 1 January 2014, the South African Jewish Report and Ms Larissa Klazinga made a number of unfounded claims and unsubstantiated allegations against Rhodes University. Based on hysteria, lies and inaccuracies, the central claim made is that Rhodes University is hostile to Jews and seeks to be rid of Jews. We reject with contempt these baseless and self-serving claims and allegations of the South African Jewish Report and Klazinga.

Rhodes denies hostility to Jews

RHODES University vice-chancellor Dr Saleem Badat has "rejected with contempt" a Johannesburg-based SA Jewish Report newspaper article claiming the university was hostile to Jews.

Quality law graduates preferred to large numbers of ill-equipped graduates

Academics mull adding a year to Bachelor of Laws degree so as to include ethics, morals, writes Franny Rabkin.

Author invited to share ideas at UK university

Eastern Cape author Bandile Magibili has been invited to the University of East London in Britain for three weeks to deliver a series of lectures based on his self-published book, 2 B Black.

‘Whiz kid’ inspired by Saturday class project

Saturday school classes run by an award-winning Grahamstown youth project are helping youngsters realise their post-matric dreams.

International Journalism Research Project Launched in South Africa

The most comprehensive South African journalism research project ever was launched this week

New drug on the cards for cancer patients

Cancer victims may never have to go through chemo and radiation therapy again.

Internationally leaders in Bioequivalence and Dissolution discuss medicine affordability

The third Biennial International Bioeqivalence, Biowaivers and Dissolution Testing Conference is underway at Rhodes University (from 2 December to 3 December),...

Law students win 2014 Annual National Child Law Moot Competition

A winning combination of Moya Vaughn-Williams and Franklin Mbiriri representing the Rhodes University Faculty of Law

Rhodes students privileged to have world class nanotechnology equipment

Having the newly launched Time-Of-Flight-Secondary-Ion-Mass-Spectrometer (TOF-SIMS) located just down the hallway from them in Rhodes

Rhodes position itself for postgraduate studies in Africa

A new Postgraduate Studies Centre (PGSC) has been established with a focus on expanding the quality,