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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
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.
“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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
'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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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
Litigating socio-economic rights is hard in any circumstances
H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law at the Stellenbosch University Law Faculty
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Academics debate Africanisation and transformation
Researchers, academics and public intellectuals from across South Africa gathered at Rhodes University recently to celebrate
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
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
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
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.
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 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
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-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.
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
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’.
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),
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,
Analysts split on whether pledges will be fulfilled
WHILE some analysts have dismissed political parties' election promises as unrealistic pipe dreams impossible to achieve
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.
“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.
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.
International Journalism Research Project Launched in South Africa
The most comprehensive South African journalism research project ever was launched this week
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,