Rhodes University and the National Arts Festival celebrate milestones at anniversary Cocktail Event

Every year, the historic town of Makhanda (Grahamstown) comes alive with the vibrancy and creativity of the National Arts Festival, attracting visitors from all corners of the globe. Amid this bustling celebration, Rhodes University hosts a special cocktail event, bringing together its alumni, fondly known as Old Rhodians, along with friends and supporters of the institution. This year’s gathering, however, held an extra layer of significance as it marked two monumental anniversaries: Rhodes University continuing its celebration of its 120th year and the National Arts Festival its 50th. This convergence of milestones provided a unique opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and envision a future of sustained excellence and mutual support.

[RU120] Student leaders inspired at Young Leaders Bootcamp

From 6-7 July 2024, Rhodes University hosted the inaugural Young Leaders Bootcamp, a transformative engagement that sought to empower the next generation of leaders. This two-day programme brought together Makhanda High School student leaders and the Rhodes University Student Representative Council (SRC) to participate in a programme designed to reflect on ethical leadership and community engagement.

[RU120] “Students are not our enemy; they are our future.” – Conference explores trust in the higher education context

As part of celebrating its bidecacentennial anniversary year of academic excellence, Rhodes University hosted the international Higher Education Close-Up 11 (HECU11) conference from 3 to 5 July last week.

[RU120] Rhodes University celebrates ‘A Series of Musical Firsts’ with #RU120 tribute concerts

As Rhodes University marks its 120th anniversary, the Department of Music and Musicology proudly presents a series of tribute concerts on 13 July 2024. These concerts celebrate "firsts," highlighting the university's pioneering role in shaping South African music and its ongoing legacy of excellence and innovation. This special event will honour the ground-breaking contributions of two distinguished composers, Dr Bongani Ndodana-Breen and Dr Paul Hanmer, whose works have set significant musical precedents.

[RU120] Rhodes University to become one of few with advanced electromagnetics research lab

A new research laboratory, the Electromagnetics Innovation (EMI) lab, was opened last week at the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT), Department of Physics and Electronics at Rhodes University by Rhodes University’s Dean of Science, Professor Joanna Dames.

[RU120] Shining stars of physics: Award winners announced at SAIP2024 gala dinner

On Friday, 5 July 2024, the SAIP2024 conference concluded with a grand Gala dinner held at the Nelson Mandela Dining Hall, Rhodes University. The evening was marked by a series of inspiring speeches and the celebration of excellence within the physics community.

[RU120] SAIP Conference unites physics experts at Rhodes University

The 68th Annual Conference of the South African Institute of Physics (SAIP) was held at Rhodes University between 1-5 July 2024, and brought together students, professionals, educators, and government officials.

[VC's OFFICE] Vice-Chancellor’s Address: Young Leaders Bootcamp

Thank you for the honour and privilege of being part of this important young leaders bootcamp – an opportunity to engage young leaders of our city on leadership issues. Seeing so many of you this morning inspires me with great hope and optimism that our future is bright with promise. You, our country's youth, will help us create a better society and world.

[RU120] Allan Magubane reflects on failing forward at Rhodes University's Young Leaders Bootcamp

Rhodes University is hosting the Young Leaders Bootcamp at Eden Grove on 6-7 July 2024, featuring Allan Magubane as the keynote speaker. Magubane, born in 1989 in Estcourt, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, has contributed to education and corporate consultancy, focusing on leadership ethics, strategy, and diversity.

[RU120] Demonstrating what is possible: Allan Magubane to inspire future trailblazers at Allan Gray Young Leaders Bootcamp

Rhodes University is taking the next step in its transformative involvement in the broader education sector in Makhanda through a trailblazing bootcamp for school leaders, aimed at cultivating ethical leadership.

[RU120] Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit teams up with Mr Sibhozo to bring to life domestic workers' struggles and triumphs

As South Africa marks 30 years of democracy, Rhodes University celebrates its 120th anniversary, and the National Arts Festival reaches its 50th year, Mr Thumamna Sibhozo, in collaboration with the Isikhumbuzo Applied History Unit from the History Department at Rhodes University, presented a play that depicts South Africa's past and present - called “Madam President Evelyn”.

[RU120] Rhodes University’s women's rugby team features at USSA Rugby Tournament for the first time

The Rhodes University Sports Department is proud to announce that it will host the 2024 USSA Rugby Tournament from 1 – 5 July 2024. This prestigious event will gather twenty-six universities from across South Africa, promising a diverse and competitive field of teams for an exciting week of competitive matches, camaraderie, and celebration.

Frozen in Time: Alice, the ghostly sculpture in crystacal and fibreglass at The National Arts Festival

Alice is a sculpture of body casts taken off an elderly lady who lived in the Brookshaw home in Makhanda. It is one of the artworks Christine Maree made for her Masters in Fine Art exhibition, completed in 2008 under the current HOD of Fine Arts Maureen de Jager's supervision. She later taught Sculpture in 2009 as de Jager’s sabbatical leave replacement.

From COVID to Curtain Calls: Lethabo Makweya's artistic odyssey at the National Arts Festival

During her second year at Rhodes University in 2020, Lethabo Makweya’s journey through the National Arts Festival (NAF) began. Music composer Stacey van Schalkwyk Naidoo was searching for a talented writer and performer. Lalu Mokuku, a supervisor and Drama lecturer at Rhodes University who formed MEQOQO Playback Theatre Collective, recommended Makweya. The excitement was palpable, but the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the festival's cancellation that year, forcing plans to be postponed.

[RU120] Rhodes University marks historic milestones at the 50th National Arts Festival amid 30 years of democracy

As we mark 120 years of academic excellence, we reflect on the rich tapestry of history and transformation that defines Rhodes University and its decades of artistic contributions to the arts. Rhodes University is proud to announce a series of performances and exhibits as part of the official National Art Festival (NAF) programme, which marks its 50th anniversary, between 20 and 30 June 2024 in Makhanda.

Rhodes University foregrounds bioinformatics research amid anniversary celebrations

Bioinformatics, though relatively new compared to biochemistry and microbiology, is revolutionising the analysis of large biological datasets using cutting-edge computer technology. To honour its importance, Rhodes University has renamed its Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology to include Bioinformatics.

International students reflect after memorable semester at Rhodes University

As the semester ends, we bid farewell to our semester-abroad students from Boston College, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (HWS), and Pädagogische Hochschule Bern (PH Bern).

Empowering Scholars: St. Andrews College & The Diocesan School for Girls visit Rhodes University

On the 4th of June 2024, Rhodes University warmly welcomed a cohort of aspiring scholars from St. Andrews College and The Diocesan School for Girls (DSG) for a day brimming with discovery and engagement. This event stood as a testament to Rhodes University's enduring dedication to forging meaningful partnerships with neighbouring schools and its unwavering commitment to expanding access to higher education.

Oonozakuzaku bephulo le-RU120: UGqirhalwazi uNoxolo Grootboom unika inkxaso ngelizwi lakhe

Njengoko iYunivesithi iRhodes iqhuba umbhiyozo wayo weminyaka engama-120 (obizwa ngokuba yi-RU120), omnye umamkeli wesidanga sokunika imbeko sobuGqirhalwazi kule Yunivesithi, nowayesakuba ngumfundi weendaba ku-SABC nolitshantliziyo kwezenkcubeko uGqirhalwazi uNoxolo Grootboom, uvakalise ilizwi lakhe kwimpumelelo yeli phulo.

Faces of the RU120 legacy: Dr Noxolo Grootboom lends her voice in support

[MAKHANDA] As Rhodes University continues the year-long celebration of its 120th anniversary (affectionately referred to as RU120), one of the university’s revered Honorary Doctorate recipients, former SABC newsreader and cultural icon Dr Noxolo Grootboom, has lent her voice to the campaign's success – literally.

Rhodes University Chamber Choir announces RU120 tour dates

This year marks the bidecacentennial celebration of Rhodes University, celebrated through the year-long RU120 campaign. The RUCC is, therefore, heeding the clarion call that the university needs to use every opportunity it has to strengthen its ties with broader societal structures.

Visit from Swiss delegation highlights exciting collaborations at RUBi

The Rhodes University Research Unit in Bioinformatics (RUBi) recently welcomed the Deputy Ambassador of Switzerland, Mr Marino Cuenat, and Programme Officer for Science and Technology, Ms Kgomotso Austin, to campus. Their visit was focused on discussing existing collaborations and exploring future partnerships with Switzerland.

Double Celebration: Africa Month concludes as Rhodes University marks 120 years

Friday 31 May, the last day of Africa Month coincided with the 120th birthday of Rhodes University. Activities in May included public lectures, seminars, panel discussions, a conference, a colloquium, a book launch, interactive activities with students, a photo shoot celebrating cultural diversity, education campaigns, a postgraduate funding fair; all demonstrating Rhodes University’s continuing commitment to a vibrant intellectual life on campus.

Sustainability Colloquium highlights Rhodes University's commitment to collaborative research and global goals

On 20 May 2024, Rhodes University continued its 120th-anniversary celebrations by hosting the first session of its two-day Sustainability Colloquium. This session, titled "Governance and Civil Society: Towards Reduced Inequalities," featured distinguished speakers including Dr Nomakwezi Mzilikazi, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Innovation, and Strategic Partnerships; Professor Leticia Greyling from the Rhodes Business School; Mr Alistair McMaster from the Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs, and Tourism; and Advocate Shuaib Rahim from the Rhodes University Law Faculty.

Decolonising Africa: Insights from Professor Kwesi Kwaa Prah, Tsitsi Dangarembga, and Ignatius Mabasa

In commemoration of Africa Month, the NRF SARChI Chair for Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education, in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities and the Global Engagement Division, organised events from the 13th to the 16th of May 2024. These gatherings aimed to delve into Africa's rich heritage and provoke academic discourse on the continent’s future trajectory.

Eritrea's collaboration with Rhodes University elevates African marine studies

In a notable advancement for marine sciences, Eritrea’s Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) has initiated a partnership with Rhodes University's Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS). This collaboration aims to develop fisheries education and research across Africa.

Rhodes University’s Registrar Division marks 120 years with 'A Glimpse Through the Years' exhibition

On May 20, 2024, Rhodes University's Registrar's Division unveiled a riveting exhibition titled "Registrar's Division: A Glimpse Through the Years" at the Eden Grove Building. This exhibition is a contribution from the Registrar’s Division to Rhodes University's bidecacentennial celebration, popularly known as RU120. The exhibition showcased the Registrar's Division's long-standing existence, achievements, and impact as part of the year-long RU120 celebration, which focuses on past and present excellence, innovation, and community.

First TART telescope deployment in Mauritius marks a milestone for African radio astronomy

April 2024 marked a significant milestone for African radio astronomy with the successful deployment of the first TART (Transient Array Radio Telescope) in Mauritius. The installation took place at the Université des Mascareignes (UdM), Bel Air campus, under the auspices of Rhodes University’s Professor Oleg Smirnov, UdM’s Dr Keshav Sewraj, Dr Max Scheel of the Electronics Research Foundation (New Zealand), and South African Radio Astronomy Observatory’s (SARAO) Dr Nadeem Oozeer.

Embracing imperfections: Rhodes University Distinguished Researcher explores essential role of flaws in solids

On 15 May 2024, Rhodes University hosted the 2019 Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award lecture with recipient Professor Makaiko Chithambo, Head of the Department of Physics and Electronics.

Higher Education Community Engagement effectiveness and impact: How the Carnegie Classification for Community Engagement Framework can help

On the first day of Rhodes University's 2024 Community Engagement Conference, an afternoon session focused on the evolving role of community engagement in university-society relationships.

Rhodes University mourns passing of much-loved Old Rhodian, Kerry Swift

Rhodes University is mourning the passing of Mr Kerry Phillip O’Sullivan Swift, aged 74.

Rhodes University rallies for resilience: Dr Jessica Cockburn’s award-winning engagement celebrated

In a recent gathering at Rhodes University, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student and Academic Affairs, Professor 'Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, set the stage for an evening dedicated to celebrating community engagement. She emphasised the significance of the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award, an accolade honouring impactful collaborations between the university and its surrounding communities in education and research. “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 community partners in the areas of teaching, learning, and research, where human and material resources of the university have been combined with assets found in the local communities”.

Rhodes University excels at psychology conference

Karabelo Ramosala, a Counselling Psychologist and Lecturer in the Psychology Department, has been awarded the 2024-2025 Fulbright Visiting Researcher scholarship.

Professor Keet advocates for transformative academic practices at Community Engagement Conference

On 14 May 2024, a three-day Community Engagement Conference hosted by Rhodes University kicked off. Attended by scholars worldwide, the conference focuses on the history of community engagement in universities, exploring its milestones and impact while considering further actions to fortify a cohesive community-university-society partnership.

Confronting challenges in South Africa's democratic journey

On 9 May 2024, the historic Albany Museum in Makhanda, South Africa hosted a significant event organised by Rhodes University's Political and International Studies Department, along with the School of Journalism and Media Studies and Makhanda Legends. The gathering brought together intellectuals, activists, and community leaders to discuss "The Erosion of Democratic Institutions and the Future of Knowledge."

Escalating student debt threat to operations amidst NSFAS funding cuts

Concern is palpable at Rhodes University as the institution grapples with escalating student debt. The University is not alone in this struggle. Many others in the country face similar uncertainty following the decision by the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to cap funding allowances for students.

Reputation over rankings: universities unfazed by hollow threats

In a recent University World News piece entitled ‘THE’ rankings: What happens to universities that leave?, Richard Holmes published an insightful response to an article by Times Higher Education staff which warned that universities refusing to participate in rankings would suffer reputational damage.

Gearing up first-year students for success

On 26 April 2024, Rhodes University students and academic staff gathered at Barratt Theatre Complex for the second in a series of sessions designed to create pathways to success for Rhodes University's first years.

Economics Department kickstarts research excellence via workshop series

In an effort to foster a sense of belonging and equip students with essential research skills, Rhodes University's Department of Economics recently organised a three-day orientation and research workshop for new Masters and PhD students.

Expert notes deepfakes' potential to impact national elections

At a recent event hosted by Rhodes University’s Law Faculty on 16 April 2024, Dr Nomalanga Mashinini, a senior lecturer at the University of the Witwatersrand specialising in image rights protection, discussed the challenges posed by deepfakes in maintaining electoral integrity.

Flying into the future: what Rhodes University’s nanotech facility upgrade symbolises

In a spectacle that underscored its technological ambitions, Rhodes University recently deployed a helicopter to transport delicate scientific instruments to its new, state-of-the-art nanotechnology facility. This operation not only highlighted the sophisticated nature of the Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation (INI) but also marked a significant expansion from its original space in the ChemPharm building due to its substantial growth.

Faces of the RU120 legacy: Junaid Denston proves RU excellence is found in its people

Embarking on a journey to create an institutional RU120 advert that is authentic, sincere, and lives up to the legacy of 120 years of academic excellence is one thing. For Rhodes University to organically unearth in-house gems and powerful stories in the process is quite another.

Former SRC members start scholarship for struggling students

Going through University without financial support can be stressful, weighing down on many students in this position. To mitigate the impact of the challenge, four members of the 2017 Student Representative Council have heeded the call by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sizwe Mabizela by establishing a scholarship fund.

[RU120] New project aims for climate resilience in Africa

Rhodes University’s celebration of its 120th anniversary was marked by a significant event on 22 April 2024 – the launch of the EU-funded collaboration project Nature-based Solutions for African Resilience (NbS4AfrRes).

Faces of the RU120 legacy: Zola Mbinda shapes history at Rhodes University

For many students at Rhodes University, Orientation Week was their first time being on campus. For Zola Mbinda, a History lecturer and PhD candidate at Rhodes University, however, university campuses were always home.

Faces of the RU120 legacy: Prof Pat Terry – the man who reached the world

In the 1980s, South Africa was cut off from the world politically, through sanctions, and technologically. Yet, from the small town of then Grahamstown, now Makhanda, a team of pioneers managed to send the country’s first email – and Professor Pat Terry, the man who reached the world through this (then) advanced technology, is now part of Rhodes University’s reflective year of celebrations as it marks 120 years in 2024.

Seen in the wild: #RU120 goes national

As Rhodes University celebrates a 120-year legacy of academic excellence through its #RU120 campaign, its next-generation institutional RU120 commercials have gone live on television, radio, billboards, and online – to name but a few.

From Vision to Action: Alistair Mokoena sets up an Education Fund

“A visionary with a heart to empower others to break through.” That is how Google South Africa Country Director Dr Alistair Mokoena has been described after launching the Alistair Mokoena Education Fund at his alma mater, Rhodes University. The announcement was made at a lively alumni event in Makhanda, in April.

Book launch at Rhodes University explores the impact of Covid-19

The Rhodes African Studies Centre (RASC) recently launched two key books, namely, Covid-19 in Africa: Social and Economic Implications and Covid-19 in Africa: Governance and Containment, both published by Palgrave.

Isivivane inspiration: A bursary lights the path for emerging artist Sami Qoko

In the heart of Motherwell, Eastern Cape, Siphiwe-Sami Qoko's journey unfolded amidst the contrasting experiences of a middle-class upbringing and the trials of financial difficulties.

Rhodes University marks 120 years with memorable graduation

The autumn 2024 graduation ceremonies at Rhodes University were not just a testament to the hard work and dedication of its students, but also a highlight of the University's 120th-anniversary celebrations. Held from 3-5 April 2024, the six ceremonies embodied the spirit of excellence and leadership that Rhodes University is renowned for.

Pioneering book on phototransferred thermoluminescence published

In a landmark achievement for physics, the United Kingdom and Ireland-based Institute of Physics this month published a first-of-its-kind monograph on phototransferred thermoluminescence authored by Rhodes University’s head of Physics, Professor Makaiko Chithambo.

Rhodes University students compete to make science make sense

Tsebang Matlapeng, an MSc student in chemistry, emerged as the representative of Rhodes University for the national FameLab SA final.

Tandabantu August receives honorary degree for championing the rights of people and learners with disabilities, and education excellence

Rhodes University has proudly announced its decision to bestow upon Mr. Tandabantu Tennyson August the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD). This prestigious accolade is in recognition of his indomitable spirit, resilience, and unwavering commitment to transforming the lives of numerous young individuals in the Eastern Cape. Mr. August’s journey is a beacon of hope and inspiration, reflecting his exceptional ability to lead and foster change against all odds.

Rhodes University honours Archbishop Thabo Makgoba with prestigious LLD for his advocacy and ethical leadership

For Archbishop Thabo Makgoba’s significant impact on society, Rhodes University will confer upon him the degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa). This honorary degree is in recognition of Archbishop Makgoba's role as a voice of reason and a conscience of society, where he has been a steadfast advocate against corruption and the abuse of power. His unwavering commitment to justice and ethical leadership has not only made him a respected figure within the Anglican Church but also a revered leader and moral compass in broader societal matters, further cementing his legacy as a champion for integrity, human rights, and social justice in South Africa and beyond.

Rhodes University celebrates Ambassador Masekela's unique legacy with honorary degree

In a distinguished ceremony, Rhodes University will confer upon Ambassador Barbara Masekela the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD). This accolade is in tribute to her exceptional, enduring contributions as a cultural activist, literary scholar, and an unwavering advocate for social justice, human rights, and dignity.

[RU120] Experience the Rhythm of Africa at the prestigious PASMAE Music Conference

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming PASMAE (Pan-African Society for Musical Arts Education) Music Conference scheduled from the 25th to the 27th of March in the Beethoven Room, Department of Music and Musicology. This event promises to be a melting pot of musical artistry, educational innovation, and cultural exchange, bringing together some of the most talented musicians, educators, and scholars from across the African continent and beyond.

Human rights icon Prof Sylvia Tamale honoured with Doctor of Laws

Rhodes University will proudly award Professor Sylvia Tamale the honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) for her dedicated human rights activism and advocacy for marginalised groups, including women, sex workers and the LGBTQIA+ community.

Physics luminary Professor Irvy Gledhill receives Rhodes University’s highest honour

Professor Irvy Gledhill, affectionately known as "Igle”, will be awarded the esteemed degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) (honoris causa) by Rhodes University, in a resounding acknowledgement of her long and distinguished contributions to the field of physics. This honorary degree is a testament to her extensive research, leadership on both national and international platforms, and her unwavering commitment to human capital development, with a special focus on empowering women in physics.

Major shake-up for Rhodes University UK Trust as Caroline Rowland assumes chair

The Rhodes University UK trust underwent a major strategic shakeup last month following the appointment of Caroline Rowland, an alumna, global communications and marketing guru, and businesswoman, as its chair. The trustees unanimously appointed Ms Rowland in June last year to succeed Mr Geoffrey de Jager, who retired after nearly 30 years as chairman and trustee.

Voices of reason, dignity, and inclusivity: Rhodes University Graduation 2024 to celebrate developmental gains

Rhodes University confirms the recipients of its annual Honorary Doctoral degrees for 2024, set to be conferred between Wednesday, 03 April 2024 and Friday, 05 April 2024.

[RU120] Celebrating 120 years with two new research collaborations at Rhodes University

Rhodes University’s RU120 celebrations furthered its impact through the launch of two new ARUA/The Guild Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence (CoREs), which took place on 08 March 2024.

Navigating South Africa's land reform with Judge and Visiting Professor Nambitha Dambuza

In a rare spotlight on South Africa's ongoing struggle with land reform, Rhodes University’s Law Faculty, as part of the University’s 120th-anniversary celebrations, hosted a public lecture in collaboration with the Black Lawyers Association student charter.

[RU120] Justine Mannering joins Rhodes University Trust (USA) and will lead RU120 fundraising efforts

Second-generation Rhodes University alumnus and seasoned investment banker and philanthropist Justine Mannering has joined the Rhodes University USA Trust Board and will work with the Board to oversee the fundraising activities for the landmark RU120 campaign in North America.

[RU120] Tracing a complex history and strides toward transformation

Since its inception in 1904, Rhodes University has continually made significant strides in the realm of higher education, carving out a distinguished place for itself among academic institutions globally. Over the years, Rhodes University has evolved, reflecting changes in society, academia, and the broader global landscape, constantly adapting and growing to meet new challenges and opportunities.

[RU120] Calls to address challenges facing higher education sector in South Africa

Universities in South Africa are facing a challenging balancing act, having to do more, with fewer resources. That’s according to Professor Paul Maylam, who says while access to higher education for students is critical, questions also need to be asked about the viability of taking on large numbers of students, many of whom fail to complete their studies.

[RU120] Jubilation, song and dance as the RU community unites in a historic formation

At precisely 15h30 on 23 February, 2024, a historic anniversary drone picture was taken as the bright African summer sun smiled down on hundreds of gleeful and cheering students and staff members huddled at the Great Field in a spectacular RU120 formation.

Professor Magadla honoured with academic mentorship excellence award

In a remarkable achievement, Professor Siphokazi Magadla from the Department of Political and International Studies at Rhodes University, has been awarded the inaugural Helen Milner Award. This accolade was presented by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) on 31 January 2024 at its Next Generation Social Sciences in Africa (NextGen) and African Peacebuilding Network (APN) Writing and Dissemination Workshop in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and marks a significant recognition of Professor Magadla's dedication and contribution to the field of peace, security, and development in Africa.

Visionary paths unfold at annual Law Faculty Opening

On 22 February 2024, Rhodes University's Law Faculty officially began its academic year with a its annual Faculty Opening evening. The event welcomed students, faculty members, and a notable guest, marking the occasion as a significant moment in the faculty’s annual calendar.

The rise of the Nine Tenths Mentoring Programme

Despite inclement weather, the spirit of achievement and community shone brightly at the Nine Tenths Student Mentoring Programme's celebration on 22 February 2024. In partnership with GADRA Education, this celebratory event honoured a record-breaking number of 50 programme alumni first-year students registering at Rhodes University in 2024.

Romesa's resilience leads to tertiary education triumph

Romesa Muhammad's story is a vivid testament to resilience and hope, set against the rugged beauty of the Eastern Cape's wilderness, where her journey began. Born into a close-knit family in the serene expanse of Kwantu Game Reserve, Romesa was the elder of two siblings who thrived under the nurturing care of her mother and stepfather. Despite their modest means, her family's unwavering support was her beacon of strength, illuminating the path towards her dreams. However, as Romesa grew, so did the financial challenges that threatened to dim her aspirations for higher education.

Where Science meets Art: Unveiling the power in different ways of storytelling

In the wake of contemporary digitalisation, the launch of the science and art exhibition by the NRF-SAIAB IMIsEE Project, in collaboration with the Rhodes University Department of Music and Musicology, took the Makhanda community by storm in bridging the gap between community-engaged research, science, music, and art. The Sound Postcard Exhibition Launch promotes digital methods and tools for collaborative research in Humanities.

Decoding the Legacy: Well-known historian Paul Maylam delves into Rhodes University's 120-year intellectual odyssey

Accomplished historian, Emeritus Professor Paul Maylam, author of six books and co-editor of a seventh, will on 1 March 2024 give a seminal lecture on the intellectual history of Rhodes University as part of the university’s 120th anniversary celebrations.

When RATT met PARROT – a peculiar pulsar

The motion of the planets through the night sky has captivated humanity since prehistoric times. The Great Saturn-Jupiter Conjunction of 2020 was particularly special. This remarkable astronomical event, which brought these two gas giants closer together than they had been for nearly four centuries, offered an enticing spectacle for stargazers worldwide. Professional astronomers, with telescopes capable of seeing well beyond the relative “backyard” of our solar system, also couldn’t resist the temptation to look.

Shining bright: How Lilitha Masizana's journey from Sinenjongo High to Rhodes University lights up the path for aspiring scholars

In the heart of Dunoon’s Ekupholeni informal settlement, a story of remarkable determination and academic excellence unfolds, emblematic of the indomitable spirit of youth. Lilitha Masizana, a recent matriculant from Sinenjongo High School, has emerged as a top achiever amidst challenging circumstances and set a precedent for aspiring scholars nationwide. Her journey from a one-room shack, shared with her mother and younger brother, to securing a place at one of the country’s prestigious universities is a testament to her resilience and hard work.

[RU120] Pioneering Educational Excellence: a blueprint for South Africa's future

In pursuing knowledge, pioneers often draw inspiration from the Chinese proverb that it's better to light a candle than to curse the darkness. There is no doubt that darkness surrounds us as a society – inequality, poverty, crime, ignorance and prejudice – to name but a few. However, instead of retreating to defeat, all it takes is a moment of awareness, reflection, and resolve to light a candle in the midst of the darkness. Lighting a candle forces us to focus on the sphere in which our influence lies. Its flicker and gentle glow are signs of hope and warmth.

Rhodes University's bold leap with male warden at the helm of a female residence

The appointment of a male House Warden for Robert Sobukwe Residence, a female residence, at Rhodes University is a decision that may seem unconventional to some, considering the dysfunctional stereotypes that permeate university residences and halls across the globe. However, this choice reflects a progressive step towards gender neutrality and inclusivity, challenging the narratives associated with leadership roles in academic institutions. It underscores the importance of capability over gender, promoting a culture where leadership qualities are not confined to or defined by one's gender.

Nanotech pioneer Prof Nyokong to receive sixth Honorary Doctorate

Rhodes University's Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong is set to receive her sixth honorary Doctor of Science degree later this year, this time from Imperial College in London.

[RU120] Makhanda Education Summit: Paving the way for a new era in educational excellence

The Makhanda Education Summit, held at Rhodes University over the weekend, has resolved to build on the tremendous success already achieved in reshaping the city’s educational terrain.

Rhodes University Lecturer & MA Coordinator honoured with esteemed Carnegie Corporation of New York Recognition Award

Rhodes University proudly spotlights the ground-breaking work of one of its lecturers, Dr Chikezie E. Uzuegbunam, whose research on Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Africa has garnered international recognition. Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, this journey began with a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Cape Town and has now reached an inspiring milestone at the 2023 African Studies Association (ASA) Annual Meeting in San Francisco.

[RU120]: Rhodes University Spearheads Transformative Makhanda Education Summit

Rhodes University is delighted to announce the hosting of the transformative Makhanda Education Summit, led by Vice Chancellor Prof Sizwe Mabizela. Scheduled for the 27th and 28th of January, this pivotal event is set to enhance the educational landscape of Makhanda, focusing primarily on early childhood development (ECD) and primary and secondary schooling phases.

Rhodes University and Allan Gray align shared vision for better tomorrow

A visit by the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation (AGOF) to Rhodes University provided an opportunity for the AGOF team to meet with the champions of innovation, leadership and community engagement initiatives at Rhodes University, and together explore ways to strengthen the partnership between AGOF and the institution 'where leaders learn'.

Remembering Andrew Tracey: African music scholar & advocate

Andrew Tracey was born in Durban, South Africa on 5 May 1936 to Ursula Tracey (nee Campbell) and Hugh Travers Tracey, who was then Director, SABC Durban. When Andrew first heard African music as a young boy, he jumped up to join in with the competing teams of Zulu dancers.

Rhodes University gears up for a jam-packed #RU120 anniversary year

A year-long celebratory programme packed with diverse activities, including reunions, high-level societal debates, unveilings, exhibitions and cultural activities, kicks off later this month with a seminal education summit to further strengthen quality education as Makhanda’s unique selling point.

Professor Mohapeloa receives esteemed award for educational leadership

In academia, it is not every day that we witness a blend of exceptional leadership, unyielding commitment, and a deep-rooted passion for education. However, Professor Tshidi Mohapeloa, from the Rhodes Business School exemplifies these traits so steadfastly, she earned a prestigious award for her unwavering service as the Deputy Chairperson of the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education (EDHE) Community of Practice for Teaching and Learning. This accolade was presented to her at the EDHE Intervarsity Studentpreneur finals in Johannesburg late last year.

"Indlela Yokuphila" wins Golden Zebu at Madagascourt Film Festival

Empatheatre's animated film, "Indlela Yokuphila," has been honored with the prestigious GOLDEN ZEBU award at the 18th edition of the Madagascourt Film Festival. This remarkable achievement celebrates the film's excellence in the PAN-AFRICAN ANIMATION COMPETITION.

[Opinion] Ramaphosa’s smallanyana Phala Phala skeleton just won’t go away

One precarious day almost exactly a year ago, we were expecting Cyril Ramaphosa to resign over the Phala Phala scandal at any moment.

Lessons in self-mastery from Rhodes University alumnus and Google SA Head, Alistair Mokoena

In his new book, Servings of Self-Mastery, alumnus and Google South Africa Director, Dr Alistair Mokoena shares a powerful message of personal empowerment and growth.

Rhodes University's CSyndicate emerges as top performer at national cyber security challenge

In the dynamic realm of cybersecurity, it is often the dedicated educators and passionate students who drive innovation and excellence. Dr Stones Chindipha, a lecturer in Computer Science at Rhodes University, has been instrumental in nurturing cybersecurity talent as evidenced by his group of students at the South African National Research Network (SANReN) Cyber Security Challenge earlier this month.

African ergonomics research excellence under global spotlight

Recognition in the field of Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFE) can be a defining moment for any researcher, especially in Africa. This year, Rhodes University Senior Lecturer and Researcher Dr Jonathan Davy and University of Ghana’s Dr Augustine Acquah became the first two African recipients of the International Ergonomics Association’s Kingfar Early Career Award.

Psychology student unboxes gender norms by winning Sports Star of the Year for 2023

Women's boxing has evolved from a fringe activity often met with scepticism and opposition, to a recognised and respected sport that epitomises the resilience and determination of women athletes in overcoming societal and institutional barriers. This narrative is exemplified by Luyolo ‘Killer Queen’ Nkatsheni, a nineteen-year-old woman boxer from Joza, who is also a Psychology student at Rhodes University.

Unveiling the blueprint: the six building blocks of effective language programmes

In contemporary educational landscapes, the diversity of student backgrounds poses challenges for language instruction, necessitating effective language programmes. A comprehensive exploration of this imperative is encapsulated in the findings of a systematic meta-review conducted by Jordi Casteleyn, Mathea Simons, and Professor Tom Smits from Antwerp University, Belgium. Professor Smits, who is also a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Secondary and Post-School Education at Rhodes University, presented the results of the review at a recent public lecture.

Distinguished Alumni inspire with uplifting acceptance speeches

On 25 November 2023, the three Distinguished Alumni Awardees for 2023 inspired the Rhodes University community with their words of power, resilience, and motivation at a special celebratory event.

Fourth-year BMus student wins prestigious essay competition

Jonathan Hughes, a fourth-year BMus student at Rhodes University, emerged victorious in a prestigious essay competition hosted by the Journal of the Musical Arts in Africa (JMAA).

[Opinion] John Hlatywayo: remembering a great Zimbabwean artist who was woefully neglected by history

John Hlatywayo, who has died at 96, was a great painter, sculptor and mentor. However he is woefully neglected in the art history of Zimbabwe and southern Africa.

Rhodes University first institution to launch community engagement journal in Africa

In a momentous virtual gathering, the Rhodes University community witnessed the launch of the first online open issue of the African Journal of Higher Education Community Engagement (AJHECE). The event, spearheaded by Ms Di Hornby, Director of Rhodes University Community Engagement, showcased a collaborative effort to bring forth a publication dedicated to advancing community-driven education.

#RURises against Gender-Based Violence in South African universities

In a world where gender-based violence (GBV) shadows the lives of many, Rhodes University (RU) has stepped into the light, championing change with its #RURises campaign. Coinciding with #16DaysOfActivism, this initiative is a testament to the Institution's unwavering commitment to tackling GBV head-on, not just in words, but in transformative action.

Straight Talk with Prof Dorrington – Subduing superbugs through smart strategies

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared this week as World Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Awareness Week. But what exactly are antimicrobials, and why should we care?

Celebrating the richness of the isiXhosa language

In celebrating 200 years of isiXhosa as a written language, Rhodes University hosted a celebratory event at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature. The event was supported by Rhodes University; the Pan South African Language Board (PanSALB); Amazwi South African Museum of Literature; Makana Municipality; Home of Legends; South African Library for the Blind (SALB); Republic of South Africa, Department of Sport, Arts & Culture, and the Province of the Eastern Cape, Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts & Culture.

Isivivane inspiration: Young beneficiary transforms lives through community outreach

Meet the remarkable Quinlan Caiger, an Isivivane and Kistefos beneficiary at Rhodes University, whose journey embodies the essence of inclusiveness, hard work, and community collaboration.

Rhodes University postgrads awarded for impressive three-minute theses

Reading a thesis is a time-consuming process, especially given the challenges of understanding the use of scientific terms within these academic works. But what if the author could present the gist of it in three minutes for the layman? That is exactly what Rhodes University postgrad students did at the recent annual 3MT (three-minute thesis) competition.

Media capture and cancel culture: nuanced menaces in the search for truth

In the intricate realm of media dynamics, the concepts of media capture and coercion wield significant influence on the information landscape. Consequently, in an era where information flows ubiquitously, the dynamics of media capture and coercion have taken on new dimensions, further complicated by the emergence of social media and cancel culture. Professor Guy Berger, a distinguished scholar in media studies with a PhD from Rhodes University, has brought forth insightful perspectives on the intricate interplay between these phenomena, sparking discussions on the subtle forces that can shape and manipulate media narratives.

From Aardvark to Ihobo-hobo: Zoology and Entomology Department renames six spaces

In a transformative stride towards fostering inclusivity and recognising the contributions of a diverse array of individuals, Rhodes University’s Department of Zoology and Entomology recently renamed six of its rooms.

A decade later Rhodes University says ‘we told you so’ on rankings obsession

Rhodes University has persistently opposed the fixation on international ranking systems dating back to at least 2013. That year, a panel was hosted by Rhodes University's Education Department to "explore what can and cannot be measured in universities, and where the 'obsession' with measurement comes from."

Two Rhodes University professors inducted into prestigious ASSAf Academy

At the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Awards Ceremony on November 09, 2023, Professor Makaiko Chithambo, the Head of Physics and Electronics at Rhodes University, and Professor Sioux McKenna, the Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS), were welcomed as new members of the prestigious academy. They joined 38 of the country's foremost scholars and scientists in receiving this honour.

KZN youth’s dreams take flight through Isivivane

In the heart of Westmead, a small town nestled within Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal, a remarkable young man named Ntobeko David Mfeka was born. His story, set against community challenges of poverty, alcoholism and teenage pregnancy, is nothing short of inspirational.

Following in the footsteps of great leaders through the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary

While most students are looking forward to winding down the academic year, Dagan Naeser is preparing to begin a new journey with the Abe Bailey Travel Bursary.

Finding words that lead to peace in Palestine and Israel - opinion

The war that has erupted in Israel and Palestine since 7 October has caught many of us off guard with the ferocity with which both sides are trying to destroy each other and its utter disregard for civilian lives. South African news coverage of Israel and Hamas highlights how nothing about the conflict is straightforward and what a difficult line we need to tread if we are to work for peace.

Unlocking the challenges of finding new medicines with Prof Tastan Bishop

On the evening of 11 October, the tradition of celebrating a new professorship via an inaugural lecture took place once more at Rhodes University, and this time it was for Professor Özlem Tastan Bishop.

Fostering innovation and Pharmacy research excellence

Rhodes University’s Faculty of Pharmacy commemorated Pharmacy Research Day and shared their research at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature. The day featured 17 postgraduate students who presented their research across various domains.

Eastern Cape studentrepreneurs vie for glory in pitch competition

Rhodes University hosted the 2023 Eastern Cape Regional Intervarsity Pitch Competition on 17 and 18 October at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature, which included studentrepreneurs from the University of Fort Hare (UFH), Nelson Mandela University (NMU) and Walter Sisulu University (WSU).

Rhodes University beer brewers win best label

Honours students from Rhodes University’s Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) travelled to Bloemfontein over the weekend to compete in the annual Intervarsitybrew: Brewing & Tasting Challenge hosted by Central University of Technology (CUT). They walked away with the FoodBev SETA Best Label Floating Trophy for designing 2023’s winning beer label, beating 17 other entries in this category.

Tiny and mysterious: research sheds light on sub-Saharan Africa’s seahorses, pipefish and pipehorses

Seahorses are considered fabled creatures by many; something that only exists in old mythical tales of the ocean. But these curious animals really exist – and they’re not the only members of the Syngnathidae family of fishes. Other syngnathids are pipefish, pygmy pipehorses and seadragons, and all are enchanting.

Weevil unleashed to battle invasive plant threat

On 11 October 2023, the Centre for Biological Control (CBC), with Professor Sizwe Mabizela, the Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, and Ms Debbie Muir, an official from the Department of Forestry, Fisheries, and the Environment (DFFE), released the weevil Listronotus appendiculatus.

School of Journalism and Media Studies celebrates 100 years of radio in South Africa

Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) held a symposium this week to recognise and celebrate 100 years of radio in South Africa. The event was held to honour the significant contribution made by the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) in promoting social justice and diversity in South African radio institutions.

Rhodes University and AGCLE host 2023 Top 100 awards

Last week, Rhodes University made history by hosting the 2023 Top 100 Awards in partnership with the Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE).

Cultivating values-based leadership for a sustainable future

On 05 October 2023, the Rhodes Business School hosted its 9th Annual Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Trust Lecture in the Eden Grove Lecture Theatre to explore values-based leadership and its impact on sustainable business practices in our complex, ever-evolving world.

Professor Prevec rocks Earth Science in inspirational lecture

On 03 October 2023, Professor Stephen Anthony Prevec delivered his inaugural lecture titled "My four decades of geological pursuit: Are we there yet?" This significant occasion marked the evolution of his academic journey and contributions to Earth Science.

Low-cost radio telescope brings new research and training opportunities for African scientists

Scientists and engineers from nine African countries, including South Africa, have converged at Rhodes University in Makhanda to share knowledge in building a low-cost radio telescope called the ‘Transient Array Radio Telescope’ or TART. The workshop takes place at Rhodes’ Continuing Education Centre from 9 to 13 October 2023, where participants will learn to assemble the instrument, get to understand the electronics and gain hands-on experience using the data acquired by TART.

RUCE Awards 2023: Inspiring community engagement excellence

The Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) Awards is an annual ceremony that honours the outstanding efforts and dedication of individual students, residences, societies and community partner organisations who have made significant contributions to community involvement initiatives. This event not only acknowledges the dedicated work of students, staff, and community partners but also serves as a platform to encourage others to engage meaningfully with local communities.

Legal luminary spotlights administrative law in farewell lecture

On 03 October 2023, Rhodes University hosted Professor Clive Plasket for his final public lecture as a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Law.

From confusion to triumph: How Landa Mabenge became himself

On 19 September 2023, the Office for Equity and Institutional Culture and the Student Representative Council (SRC), hosted a remarkable event at the Oppidan Dining Hall. This event featured a distinguished guest speaker, Landa Mabenge, the author of "Becoming Him: A Trans Memoir of Triumph," who shared his invaluable experiences on the path to self-acceptance and empowerment.

Collaborating for postgraduate education projects globally

Rhodes University recently joined partner universities from Kenya and the Netherlands for a Summer School hosted by Maseno University as part of the ongoing EU-funded Creating Postgraduate Collaborations project [https://postgradcollaborations.com]. The Summer School focused on developing grant development and management skills, in line with the goals of supporting international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations.

Reinterpreting homosexuality in the Bible

The 2023 Pride Week opening brought together a diverse audience eager to delve into the intersection of LGBTQIA+ rights and religious interpretation

Rhodes University to celebrate over 200 postgrads and honour Bishop Peter Storey at its graduation ceremony next week

On Friday, 13 October 2023, at 09h30, a graduation ceremony for Rhodes University masters and PhD graduands will take place at the Settlers Monument in Makhanda, and renowned freedom fighter Bishop Peter Storey will receive a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa).

Continuous check-ups encouraged at breast cancer awareness breakfast

The Rhodes University Division of Student Services and Development (DSSD), in collaboration with the Health Care Centre (HCC) and the Residential Operations, held a breakfast at the Oppidan Dining Hall last week to raise breast cancer awareness.

Erasmus+ Award for curricula and professional development on nature-based solutions for 'The Africa We Want'

Nature-based solutions (NbS) are actions to protect, sustainably manage, and restore natural and modified ecosystems that address societal challenges effectively and adaptively, simultaneously benefiting people and nature. NbS go beyond, and complement, land restoration for stemming the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services, through the incorporation of nature-conscious design principles. These solutions enhance the availability of water, improve water quality and reduce risks of water-related disasters.

Chuma Songela's postgraduate garden flourishes into a community project

In the heart of a bustling university campus, where academic pursuits often take precedence, one postgraduate student decided to bring life back to a neglected space. Chuma Songela, a 28-year-old graduate student who recently completed his Masters in Politics and International studies, embarked on a journey that transformed a forgotten garden at the Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village (PGV) and brought a sense of community and purpose to his life.

Transforming ideas into commercial products and services for greater societal impact

Last week, Rhodes University hosted an evening on the Commercialisation of Research themed “Transforming ideas into impact”. Vice-Chancellor Professor Sizwe Mabizela, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation, and Strategic Partnerships, Dr Nomakwezi Mzilikazi, Associate Professor and Head of Political and International Studies, Professor Siphokazi Magadla, Economics Professor and Head of Department, Professor Jen Snowball, distinguished guests, and students.

Men’s health and well-being under the spotlight at Men’s Indaba

A recent men's Dialogue hosted by Higher Health in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Liquor Board at Rhodes University featured a panel of men from all walks of life discussing and addressing topics about manhood and masculinity.

Forty under 40 win for Rhodes University Drama Lecturer

Rhodes University lecturer in the Department of Drama, Gavin Krastin, was recently honoured for his work in theatre and performance with the prestigious Forty under 40 Award. The event was held at the Houghton Hotel earlier this month and hosted and supported by the Department of Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities, the National Youth Development Agency and Xodus Communications.

LLM Candidate scoops first prize in the Prestigious South African Law Reform Legal Essay Competition

Rhodes University Faculty of Law LLM Candidate, Tafadzwa Mavindidze, has been announced as the first-place recipient of the prestigious South African Law Reform Legal Essay Competition (SALRC) prize for 2023.

Rhodes University honours retirees, including long-serving “spiritual guru of the SKA”, Prof Justin Jonas

Rhodes University recently celebrated its retiring staff members during a memorable tree-planting tradition held on campus. Among them was Professor Justin Jonas, referred to by Dr Bernie Faranoff as the “spiritual guru of the SKA”. Prof Jonas first enrolled as a student at Rhodes University in 1976.

Africa-Europe research cluster on creative economies launched

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (The Guild) have launched a new Africa-Europe Clusters of Research Excellence (CoRE) on Creative Economies: Cultures, Innovation and Sustainability, which includes Rhodes University.

Two decades of difference: CHERTL's mentoring programme celebrates 20 years

The Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning's (CHERTL’s) Trojan Academic Initiative (TAI) student peer mentoring programme at Rhodes University marked its 20th anniversary with a celebration dinner which highlighted the profound impact of mentoring for first-year students as well as their senior student mentors.

Makhanda's River Rescuers do their housework for the planet

Makhanda's River Rescuers put in a big effort this past weekend to do their housework for the planet. Helen Holleman of River Rescue calls it the "Spring Cleaning". The efforts were driven by a service learning partnership between River Rescue and the Rhodes University Department of Environmental Science, along with contributions from other partners.

Investec Award Dinner celebrates top Commerce Extended Studies achievers

Investec recently hosted an awards dinner to honour top academic achievements within the Rhodes University Commerce Faculty over the past four years, who had gone through the Extended Studies Programme.

Bridging divides: Professor Nkomo confronts linguistic prejudice

Rhodes University recently gathered to celebrate the inaugural lecture of Professor Dion Nkomo, a distinguished scholar from the School of Languages and Literatures, who also serves as the NRF SARChI Chair: Intellectualisation of African Languages, Multilingualism and Education, as he assumed the prestigious rank of full professor.

Universities stand together to foster multilingualism

Rhodes University recently hosted a 5-day workshop as part of a project called 'BAQONDE' (Boosting the use of African languages in education: A Qualified Organised National DEvelopment strategy for South Africa). This was the final workshop for the project, with other partners having hosted similar workshops in which about twenty Rhodes academics participated since 2022. The project ends at the end of the year.

How to lead international HE in a volatile, uncertain world

The Global Leadership Summit held on 22 August in Durban, South Africa, brought together leaders of international education from numerous countries around the world to discuss the most pressing issues currently facing international higher education in a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world.

Rhodes University ‘shakes the table’ with the 2023 Postgraduate Conference

The Annual Rhodes University Postgraduate Conference enthusiastically kicked off on 8 September 2023. This two-day event, themed "Shaking the Table," brought together diverse students and academics from across all faculties at Rhodes University and beyond to exchange knowledge, engage in meaningful discourse, and present their cutting-edge research projects.

Reshaping the role of higher education in universities

A recent book award lecture was held in honour of former Deputy-Vice Chancellor Professor Chrissie Boughey and the Director of Postgraduate Studies, Professor Sioux McKenna, for their collaborative book, “Understanding Higher Education: Alternative Perspectives”.

Collaborations target uniquely African solutions to water challenges

Rhodes University’s Institute for Water Research (IWR) is responding to the threats to water quality and availability across the African continent by helping in the establishment of institutional partnerships to equip researchers and communities with the tools to respond to significant challenges.

Three outstanding Distinguished Alumni honoured this year

Each year, Rhodes University proudly recognises its outstanding alumni who have excelled in their respective fields and significantly impacted society. The recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award 2023, chosen by the Old Rhodian Union selection committee, are exemplary individuals who embody the values of Rhodes University: excellence, leadership, and service.

Rhodes University pays tribute to its honorary doctorate recipient and retail giant, Dr Raymond Ackerman

It is with great sadness that Rhodes University has learnt of the passing of the founder of Pick ‘n Pay and one of the University's esteemed honorary doctorate recipients, Dr Raymond Ackerman. Dr Ackerman was conferred with a Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) by Rhodes University in 1986, in recognition of his role as a foremost entrepreneur, a committed humanitarian and the immense contribution he made to business and society. In a ceremony comprising a multitude of individual celebrations of students' achievements, there was a collective celebration of the unique achievement of Dr Ackerman.

Old Rhodian Union supports 31 bursary recipients

Founded in 1911 by Sir George Cory and Professor Cullen Bowles, the Old Rhodian Union (ORU) administers bursaries for children of Old Rhodians and current University staff members. This year, the Union granted 31 bursaries to the value of R325 000.

Novel biopesticide discovered by Rhodes University PhD researchers gains global recognition, launches for commercial use in Africa and Europe

Ground-breaking research by two Rhodes University PhD graduates, Tamryn Marsberg and Michael Jukes, has now led to the patent of viral-based products, MultiMax and CodlMax, as alternatives to the conventional use of chemical pesticides on citrus, apples, and litchi. The advantage of these products includes their lack of non-target effects such that the pest is controlled without the knock-on environmental harm.

Brazilian rectors visit Rhodes University to build partnerships

In an increasingly interconnected world, the importance of diplomacy and international cooperation cannot be overstated. Rhodes University recently welcomed the Brazilian Association of Rectors of Provincial and Municipal Universities (ABRUEM), who have been visiting a selection of universities across South Africa, to its campus for the first time.

RUBIC helps allay fears about E. coli

Responding to concerns about the presence of Escherichia coli (better known as E. coli) in Makana’s water supply, the Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) activated its newly launched Water Testing Laboratory services to successfully allay fears about the presence of this bacteria in drinking water.

Long-service awardees share over 2200 years at Rhodes University

This year, Rhodes University is celebrating the long-service milestones of 140 dedicated employees, who have a cumulative 2240 years between them.

Durban-based alumni strongly support the formation of alumni chapters to reconnect and support needy students

Rhodes University Durban-based alumni came out strongly to support the much-anticipated foundation of alumni chapters nationwide. This sentiment was shared during last night's alumni reunion at the Umhlanga Rocks in Durban. Proud alumni of the institution came out in numbers to reconnect with each other and get an update on important matters concerning their alma mater. Members of the media were also part of this momentous occasion.

Rhodes University’s RATT wins prestigious NRF Science Team Award

In a ground-breaking acknowledgement of excellence, the Centre for Radio Astronomy Techniques and Technologies (RATT) has been awarded the highly-coveted NRF Science Team Award for 2023.

Isivivane Fund beneficiary pursues a Pharmacy Degree to uplift rural communities

Nokubonga Msweli, a 3rd-year Bachelor of Pharmacy student at Rhodes University, is a beneficiary of a Clicks Foundation bursary through Rhodes University's Isivivane Fund. Originally from Mandeni in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Nokubonga expressed that her upbringing and background inspired her to choose a STEM-related profession.

'My Body, My Choice' returns to Rhodes University

The Office of Equity and Institutional Culture is excited to announce the return of the 'My Body, My Choice' campaign to Rhodes University. The phrase, 'My Body My Choice,' originates in the women-led movement for reproductive rights in the United States but has been widely used by different activist collectives pursuing their rights to bodily integrity and self-determination. Rhodes University can boast a history of active feminist work on campus, including a decade's worth of photographic campaigns under the banner of 'My Body, My Choice' focused on the reclamation of embodiment.

Isivivane bursary recipient urges young girls to step up and study STEM

Having been raised by a single mother in a rural township with low economic resources, Yamkelani Sopapaza overcame many obstacles to pursue higher education. With the help of funding through Isivivane Fund, this brilliant student graduated from Rhodes University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy earlier in 2023.

Isivivane bursary recipient confidently completes her Pharmacy Degree

Lorraine Phahlamohlaka, a young woman in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is passionate about the importance of shaping the recognition of young women in the field. Originally from Limpopo, Lorraine pursued her studies in Pharmacy at Rhodes University. With the financial aid provided by Aspen Holdings through Rhodes University’s Isivivane Fund, Lorraine completed her degree in June 2023.

Rhodes University hosts national Registrars’ Imbizo

The Registrars’ Imbizo is an annual event bringing together Registrars across South African universities to engage on various issues impacting the higher education sector. During 21-22 August 2023, Rhodes University welcomed the Imbizo to its campus for the first time, with Registrar Professor Adéle Moodly as the host.

Panel discusses connection between masculinities and violence

The African Masculinity Symposium, co-hosted by the Critical Studies in Sexualities and Reproduction (CSSR) and the School of Journalism and Media Studies, occurred earlier this month at Eden Grove Blue. The event aimed to tackle the topic of Challenging Patriarchal Norms for a Safer and More Equitable Society. The objective was to address pressing matters such as Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and its connection to violent masculinities; and how it has provoked social media movements and prompted national debates calling on the need for change.

Rhodes University partners with NRF to form pathways for postgraduate students

In a bold move to articulate its ambition in postgraduate education, Rhodes University hosted an event to encourage third-year students to apply for Honours studies. The event was held at the Barrat Lecture Theatre on 18 August 2023 and was hosted by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor responsible for Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships, Dr Kwezi Mzilikazi.

Dr Sibiya takes Rhodes University on a mesmerising teaching journey

In a grand celebration of educational distinction and pedagogical innovation, Rhodes University once again demonstrated its commitment to exceptional teaching by hosting the 2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award Lecture - a testament to the University’s dedication to recognising and celebrating outstanding educators. The highlight of the evening was the introduction of the recipient of the 2022 Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Dr Ntethelelo Sibiya.

Innovative approach to education: The ArtMathsScienceTech Project

Rhodes University has joined the ground-breaking ArtMathsScienceTech project, a unique initiative that seeks to revolutionise how mathematics and science are taught at schools. Through the fusion of theatre, music, dance, and crafts, this innovative approach aims to create engaging and playful environments, transforming traditional subjects into captivating learning experiences.

African women authors take centre stage

Students, members of the Ink Society and staff at Rhodes University recently participated in an open mic event in celebration of Women's Month. The event, themed "Celebrating African Women Writers", was to honour and shine a light on African women authors.

Ramaphosa: Dodging the bullets of Phala Phala and Putin - opinion

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been navigating turbulent waters for the past year but always seems to come through in the clear. Lately, he has dodged past the rugged rocks of Phala Phala and narrowly missed the cataclysmic vortex of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin.

Staff All-Stars: Vice-Chancellor & Thomas Alty Awards

Fifty-eight Rhodes University staff members were recognised at this year’s Vice-Chancellor and Thomas Alty Awards on 14 August 2023. This ceremony acknowledges staff members who have attained further qualifications within the last year, either through Rhodes University or an external institution.

Fab Academic Phakeng challenges masculine power during SRC Leadership Week

The topic of women in leadership holds personal significance to many due to the pervasive patriarchal norms affecting societies worldwide.

History is made as the Rhodes University SRC Alumni Board officially launches

Nostalgia and innovation intertwined as Rhodes University's current Student Representative Council (SRC) and SRC Alumni gathered to launch the SRC Alumni Board on 12 August 2023. This historic moment saw a fusion of past and present, birthing a new era for preserving the SRC legacy.

Rhodes University crowned Eastern Cape Intervarsity champions for the first time

For the first time in the history of Eastern Cape Intervarsity, Rhodes University emerged victorious at the 2023 tournament, beating the nearest competition by 16 points to take the winning spot from titleholders, Nelson Mandela University (NMU).

South Africa’s Energy Crisis: Teach-In lecture series 2023

The Rhodes University Political and International Studies Department successfully hosted its annual Teach-In lecture series, a significant event on the academic calendar since 2002. This year's series, "Energy is the Life-blood of Development: Perspectives on the South African Energy Crisis", took place over lunch and spanned an hour, inviting students and the wider Rhodes community to participate actively.

Professor Adrienne Edkins shares the shape of science things to come in inaugural lecture

In keeping with its cherished tradition, the Rhodes University community gathered to attend the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Adrienne Edkins. This time-honoured ritual accompanies the University's recognition of an academic's elevation to the esteemed rank of full professor.

Minister Nkadimeng calls for the reduction of municipal councillors’ power

Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Thembi Nkadimeng called for a reduction of municipal councillors’ power in order to achieve good governance. The Minister was making a keynote address at Rhodes University during first day of week-long Student Representative Councilor’s (SRC) Leadership Week series.

Legislature Deputy Speaker lambasts clientelism, urges students to be active participants towards attaining economic freedom

Education is the real lever to transform our society. We are supposed to rediscover, discover, replant and plant because what matters the most is the seed that we plant, and with current crop of students, the country can harvest that. These were the sentiments shared by the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature Deputy Speaker, Mlibo Qoboshiyane, during the second day of the Student Representative Council (SRC) Leadership Week last night.

We honour and salute the women of our country!

“Strijdom, you have tampered with the women, you have struck a rock, you will be crushed!” These are the words of the song composed by the women of 1956 as they staged a peaceful march to the Union Buildings on 09 August 1956 to confront the might of the ignominious apartheid regime that had enacted a law designed to extend the cruel and iniquitous ‘pass law’ to African women.

Prof Mabizela pleads with Parliament to reconsider removing Seat of the High Court from Makhanda

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela has pleaded with the National Parliament to keep the Seat of the High Court in Makhanda. He highlighted the potential loss of jobs and destruction of livelihoods that could result from such a move.

Rhodes University partners to support local cricket development

The air of excitement was palpable as close to 100 young learners from St Mary’s Primary School gathered on the main cricket field at Kingswood College on Wednesday, 01 August, for their coaching activation with nine cricket coaches from the Gary Kirsten Foundation, along with four local coaches.

Rhodes Business School gears up for new resource mobilisation offering

Plans are underway for the brand-new Postgraduate Diploma in Advancement and Resource Mobilisation to be offered next year by the Rhodes Business School.

Rhodes University honours renowned Xhosa writer late SEK Mqhayi

Rhodes University in the Eastern Cape has honoured the late SEK Mqhayi, one of the greatest Xhosa writers in history. This comes, as the institution celebrates 200 years of the written isiXhosa language.

Rhodes University’s Drama Department bags two bronzes at NAF

Rhodes University Drama Lecturer Selloane ‘Lalu’ Mokuku and MA student Khanya Ngcuka each won a Bronze Award at this year’s National Art Festival (NAF).

From Three Cs to Three Ss - Dr Cockburn's remote teaching journey

On 20 July 2023, Dr Jessica Cockburn gave her 2021 Special Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award Lecture titled: "Becoming a teacher in turbulent times: cultivating connection and care in context". The event was well-attended by Dr Cockburn's friends, family, fellow lecturers and students.

Celebrating Mandela through the pursuit of knowledge

Former South African president Nelson Mandela was celebrated through knowledge-sharing at the Barrat lecture theatre at Rhodes University on 18 July 2023.

Looking back and into the future with Professor James Gambiza

Rhodes University's Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre was abuzz with excitement as scholars from various fields gathered to witness the inaugural address of Professor James Gambiza. The event, a prestigious milestone in an academic's career, marks the conferral of full professor status on a scholar who has showcased exceptional scholarly contributions to their discipline.

School of Journalism & Media Studies honours media legends with mural painting

Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) unveiled its mural, which celebrates and honours industry legends, on Friday at the Afrika Media Matrix.

Rhodes University alumna bags two Women Entrepreneur Awards

Rhodes University alumna and former Student Recruitment Officer, Tulisa Mondliwa, has received government recognition and a boost for her Afrikare beauty product business. The Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (DRDAR) recently held awards for top-performing women farmers in the Sarah Baartman district.

Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea visits Rhodes University

Rhodes University’s international recognition was boosted last week when the South Korea Ambassador, His Excellency Chull-joo Park and administrative official, Jung In Myeong, visited Rhodes University.

RUCE Interns Inspire Matrics to Pursue Higher Education

In celebration of Nelson Mandela International Day, the interns at Rhodes University's Community Engagement (RUCE) took proactive steps to engage with local high school students by providing guidance on the application processes for higher education institutions. Sinazo Sonjica and Makube Qinela, visited grade 12 pupils at Nathaniel Nyaluza Senior Secondary School, shedding light on opportunities at Rhodes University and other local colleges. Their efforts aimed to address the lack of information hindering students from pursuing tertiary education.

Honouring Mandela by enriching local schools

Nelson Mandela Day, observed annually on 18 July, honours the iconic South African leader by encouraging ordinary people to emulate his legacy of social justice, reconciliation, and investment in education. This year, the Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) office focused on supporting local schools in underserved communities with a generous donation of educational materials.

Rhodes University welcomes distinguished Liberian delegation and cements future partnerships

Professor Cliff Jones, Rhodes University Head of the Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science (DIFS), an African Centre of Excellence, accompanied by Professor ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Students Affairs, recently welcomed a large delegation from Liberia on their arrival to Rhodes University.

Rhodes University celebrates top feeder schools in the province

The Rhodes University Student Recruitment hosted a Life Orientation teacher’s workshop last week to celebrate and honour top provincial feeder schools.

Rhodes University welcomes appointment of Mr Andile Sangqu to chair Transnet Board

Rhodes University welcomes the appointment of its Board of Governors Chairperson, alumnus and the Executive in Residence at the Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS), Mr Andile Sangqu, to the position of the chair of the Transnet Board.

Humanising pedagogy by celebrating ethical leadership

The Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics (AGCLE) is thrilled to announce its partnership with the Career Centre and sponsorship of the annual Top 100 Student Awards. Henceforth, the awards will be known as the “Rhodes University & Allan Gray Centre for Leadership Ethics Top 100 Student Leadership Awards”.

Magashule vs Mbalula: Icons of South Africa’s leadership malaise - opinion

How much significance should we read into Ace Magashule’s expulsion from the ANC, and will it have ripple effects on coalition possibilities for the 2024 elections? A look at June’s news coverage of the ruling party raises these questions, and reminds us of the deep moral gutter South African politics has descended into.

Rhodes University Law students shine in Geneva

A team of four final-year Rhodes University Faculty of Law students boarded a 13-hour flight to Geneva, Switzerland, to participate in the prestigious John H Jackson International Trade Law Moot Court Competition.

Pope Francis appoints Distinguished Professor Nyokong to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences

Rhodes University’s Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation Director, Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong, has been appointed to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.

Rhodes University experts collaborate with colleagues in India for workplace health promotion in educational institutions and community settings

At the end of June 2023, Rhodes University academics and directors participated in an international, interdisciplinary seminar themed ‘Leadership for Workplace Health Promotion in Educational Institutions & Community Settings: Post-Tuberculosis (TB) Lung Disease’.

Rhodes University's Mathematics Winter School programme empowers local learners

Rhodes University, nestled in the heart of Makhanda, is renowned for its commitment to academic excellence. Recently, Dean of Science Professor Tony Booth emphasised the town's ability to nurture exceptional minds, urging grade 12 learners from six no-fee paying schools in Makhanda to take advantage of the University's resources.

New radio astronomical observations confirm unintended electromagnetic radiation emanating from large satellite constellations

Scientists, including Rhodes University Visiting Professor Dr Gyula Józsa, use the LOFAR telescope to observe low-frequency radio waves from satellites in large constellations for the first time. “Unintended electromagnetic radiation” emanating from onboard electronics in Starlink satellites was detected, which could impact astronomical research.

Media and journalism academics gather to learn to code and future-proof the curriculum

It was a week in which academics wrote poems with ChatGPT and learned computational methods to collect data from thousands of online news sites. Rhodes University's School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) hosted the DigiMethods 2023 event from 19 to 24 June 2023. Academic staff and postgraduate students came from as far as Uganda and Kenya to attend the event, which included a winter school on digital research methods and a colloquium on future-proofing the media and journalism curriculum.

Rhodes University welcomes seasoned transformation activist as new equity and institutional culture director

Rhodes University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Claire Kelly, a well-respected researcher, teacher and facilitator in social justice and critical diversity, as its Director: Equity and Institutional Culture, with effect from 1 July 2023.

Rhodes University and University of Pretoria to co-host the NRF’s Future Earth Africa Hub Leadership Centre

Rhodes University, in collaboration with the University of Pretoria, will host the Future Earth Africa Hub Leadership Centre from 2023 to 2026.

Dr Nomakwezi (Kwezi) Mzilikazi assumes role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Rhodes University

Rhodes University is delighted to announce that Dr Nomakwezi Mzilikazi will assume her role as the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships on 1 July 2023.

Five characteristics of effective supervisor training - Sioux McKenna, Puleng Motshoane

What constitutes effective training to ensure research supervisors are well equipped to work with doctoral students? Sioux McKenna and Puleng Motshoane share advice based on their research in South Africa.

African Humanities Programme Fellows plan future involvement with Rhodes University

Rhodes University is currently hosting fellows from the last African Humanities Programme (AHP) cohort. Since 2009, the AHP has awarded fellowships to more than 450 early career scholars in Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda, with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York (CCNY). The programme that began in 2008-09 was due to conclude in 2020-21 but was extended due to delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rhodes University strengthens partnership with international universities, joins the Africa-Europe Clusters of Excellence

Rhodes University has been drafted to take up key roles in various clusters of the newly launched Africa-Europe Clusters of Excellence, including co-leading the establishment of Water Resource Management for a Sustainable and Just Future Cluster.

How Eskom’s ‘besieged’ execs talk to the public - opinion piece

“Besieged” is the word the Eskom’s former board chairperson Malegapuru Makgoba used to refer to the ailing power utility when he appeared before the standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) last month.

Rhodes University engages in several Internationalisation at Home activities during Africa Month

In May, Rhodes University dedicates a month-long celebration to Africa, encompassing International Week and culminating in Africa Day on the 25th. In response to a call from the Rhodes University International Office, numerous departments collaborated and organised activities, exhibitions and displays independently to acknowledge and celebrate Africa Month.

Emeritus Professor Isadore Kanfer receives pharmaceutical sciences Lifetime Achievement award

The Canadian Society for Pharmaceutical Sciences (CSPS) has announced Emeritus Professor Isadore Kanfer as the 2023 recipient of the CSPS Lifetime Achievement Award in Toronto for his outstanding contributions over the length of his career.

Rhodes University celebrates Africa Day with the broader community

Africa Day (25 May 2023) was broadly acknowledged on campus, with an exhibition in the English Department, displays on each floor of the Library and campus screens rotated interesting facts about every single country in Africa, to educate the whole community.

Remembering the unequalled legacy of Eusebius McKaiser

Loved ones and members of the Rhodes University community gathered at the 1820 Settler's Monument in Makhanda on 10 June 2023 to pay tribute to and celebrate the life of one of the University’s most prominent alumni Eusebius McKaiser.

Internationalisation Awards: Rhodes University and Makhanda as “Sthana Bala”; a place that gives you strength and purpose

Guests to the Internationalisation Awards event held in early May were welcomed by the uplifting sounds of a Rhodes University ensemble from the International Library of African Music (ILAM), led by Mr Elijah Madiba.

Rhodes University’s Biotechnology Innovation Centre assists community with water testing after E. coli detection

Following a Makana Municipality statement regarding the detection of E. coli in Makana’s water supply last month, Rhodes University’s Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) availed its water-testing capabilities to the community to provide consistent and transparent monitoring of the effectiveness of the municipality’s disinfection measures.

A warm welcome and a fond farewell to the semester abroad students at Rhodes University

While over 10% of the registered full-time student body comes from beyond the borders of South Africa, mainly from the SADC region, Rhodes University has shorter-term international students on campus, as part of credit-bearing semester abroad programmes, throughout the academic year.

Rhodes University Educational Sociologist Dr Dylan McGarry to present new collaborative short film at United Nations World Ocean Week

Acclaimed South African Theatre Collective, Empatheatre, which was established as part of Dr Dylan McGarry’s postdoctoral research, will present its new short film "Indlela Yokuphila: The Soul's Journey" at United Nations World Ocean Week in New York on 07 June 2023.

Rhodes University welcomes 62 interns as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, welcomed 62 graduates to campus last week as they joined the University as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) programme.

Rhodes University basketball team crowned Provincial champions

Rhodes University’s basketball team, the Titans have emerged with unparalleled might and immeasurable strength to claim the title as the Eastern Cape's Basketball Champions once again.

Rhodes University academic inducted into newly-established international information environment panel

Lecturer in Rhodes University's School of Journalism & Media Studies, Dr Chikezie Uzuegbunam, has been selected among other international research scientists to join the IPIE, the International Panel on the Information Environment.

Twenty-seven 9/10ths programme beneficiaries graduate from Rhodes University

Twenty-seven (27) students who came through the 9/10ths programme were awarded different qualifications in the recent Rhodes University graduation ceremonies held earlier this year. The University regards this achievement as confirmation that the programme works incredibly well.

It’s important to rethink the purpose of university education – a philosopher of education explains why

Most philosophers of education or philosophically inclined scholars of education in the past century and a half would agree with the claim that, ideally, education should be the practice of freedom. That is, it ought to cultivate the ability to intelligently decide how we want to shape our lives. The aim of education should be to foster human autonomy.

Professor Justin Jonas receives top Rhodes University award for his contribution to Radio Astronomy

Professor Justin Jonas, Professor of Physics and Electronics at the Rhodes University Department of Physics and Electronics, gave a lecture following his bestowal of the inaugural esteemed Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award (2020). In attendance were family and friends, students, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela.

Communities and universities working together to address local challenges

Community Engagement is not a new concept, as it has played a significant role in society over the years. However, its formalisation as a core function of universities is relatively recent. Community engagement helps universities to contribute to the socio-economic development of local communities.

Rhodes University hosts Language Resources Audit

Rhodes University hosted the first sector-wide Language Resources Audit conducted by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLAR) at the Continuing Education Centre this week.

Prof Sioux McKenna wins the 2022 Internationalisation Award

Recognising her exceptional leadership, dedication, and achievements in advancing internationalisation at Rhodes University, Professor Sioux McKenna, the Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS), has been awarded the 2022 Internationalisation Award. Her tireless efforts have strengthened the institution's global presence and significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge and understanding on a worldwide scale.

The highs and lows of Community Based Participatory Research

On the second day of Rhodes University's Community Engagement Learning Symposium at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, Professor ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, encouraged attendees to engage in difficult and uncomfortable conversations. She argued that universities must make community engagement an integral part of academics and not simply "a contribution".

Working together to uplift the community

On the evening of 9 May 2023, Rhodes University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, Professor ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, introduced the 2022 Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Community Engagement award winners at Amazwi South African Museum of Literature in Makhanda. The winners’ lecture formed part of a three-day Community Engagement Learning Symposium hosted by Rhodes University.

Universities are responsible for the well-being of the communities in which they exist

On 09 May 2023, the Rhodes University Community Engagement division launched its Community Engagement (CE) Learning Symposium, which included speakers from all over the globe. This was the first of three days of discussions and workshops centred around highlighting, as per the official website, the "developmental and transformative roles of universities" in incorporating CE in their institutions to serve "as a platform to build community-university relationships for the mutual benefit of all those involved in CE, such as students, communities and academics".

Distinguished Professor Nyokong among exceptional scientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

Rhodes University’s Director of the Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation, Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong, has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Rhodes University appoints retired Advocate Paterson SC as new Ombud

Rhodes University has appointed its alumnus and retired advocate, Torquil John Macleod Paterson SC, as the University’s new Ombud. He takes over from Advocate Les Roberts.

Rhodes University hosts IEASA Director’s Forum and IEASA’s first face-to-face Silver Jubilee celebration

Rhodes University’s International Office recently hosted the International Education Association of South Africa’s (IEASA) Director Forum, the advisory body of IEASA. It was the first face-to-face event of the year of IEASA’s silver jubilee.

GADRA graduate spotlight: GADRA’s support and patience see alumnus graduate from Rhodes University

The GADRA Matric School, alongside Rhodes University, celebrated the graduation of Junaid Denston, a former GADRA student, during the 2023 graduation season.

Rhodes University reflects on its contribution to the International Education Association of South Africa during silver jubilee

The International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), the leading and only national organisation dedicated to higher education internationalisation in South Africa, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023.

Pharmacy students awarded and cloaked in white

The Rhodes University Pharmacy Department hosted its annual White Coat ceremony to officially welcome new students into the professional world of pharmacy.

Rhodes University and University of São Paulo embark on knowledge exchange programme

Two students from the Institute of Physics at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, are visiting Rhodes University on a staff-student exchange programme to learn more about the luminescence properties of natural Brazilian minerals.

PhD candidate and Jazz singer draws on her musical heritage and wins international music award

Rhodes University’s Music and Musicology PhD candidate and jazz singer and songwriter, Natalie Rungan, has recently been awarded for her love, dedication, and hard work in music. She won an international Akademia Music Grand Award for her lively and introspective Jazz EP, 'There's A Sound in My Head.' The album was composed as the creative foundation of her PhD. In it, she reflects on her musical journey and the life turns and revelations that made her the artist and teacher she is today.

Artificial Intelligence spells the end of instrumentalist accounts of higher education – CogitAlt Colloquium

Rhodes University’s Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Professor Sioux McKenna, was one of ten panellists comprising academics and Chief Executive Officers of tech companies, at the latest CogitAIt Colloquium. The Colloquium was held on Tuesday, 18 April 2023, and it looked at the applications of emerging technologies in education, research, and training.

Behind-the-scenes: How the Student Bureau’s role reaches full circle at graduation

The Student Bureau at Rhodes University is not only the first point of contact for new students, but their involvement in the graduation ceremonies means that they get the chance to see a student’s academic journeys right to their brilliant end.

Farmworkers still not benefiting from fruits of the vines

Wine was first produced in South Africa as far back as the mid-1600s by Dutch colonisers who sold it to passing ships. The industry developed further during the colonial and apartheid eras and wine became an important part of the South African economy.

Chemistry PhD candidate selected for illustrious Gates Cambridge scholarship

Rhodes University Chemistry PhD candidate, Kristen Burgess, has been selected for the illustrious Gates Cambridge scholarship. Burgess is part of the Gates Cambridge Class of 2023, made up of 77 outstanding new scholars from across the world.

Rhodes University reaffirms its rejection of scientifically dubious university rankings

Rhodes University has come out strongly to re-affirm its decision not to participate in scientifically dubious and anti-transformation international university ranking systems.

GADRA graduate spotlight: Orphaned in matric, Anelisa dedicates her life to uplifting schoolchildren

Rhodes University student Anelisa Mfenyana's story perfectly illustrates how, if you are determined and work hard for what you want, you will achieve it.

Behind-the-scenes: The invisible yet critical role of Academic Administration during graduation

There are a lot of key role players involved in making Rhodes University's graduation an auspicious occasion that is filled with excitement and celebration. A critical, but often invisible role is that of the Academic Administration section within the Registrar's Division.

Many lives touched by visually impaired graduate's journey of resilience

Resilience is a theme in Mbongeni Shabangu's story. As a person living with a visual impairment, he had to constantly perform the arduous task of not allowing himself to be the product of his circumstances. At this year's March graduation ceremonies, Shabangu graduated with a Bachelor of Science (Computer Sciences and Economics) degree.

Rhodes University partners global innovator ElimiNOX, to reduce carbon emissions

Rhodes University and UK’s leading innovator for Greentech environmental solutions in the carbon fuels industry, ElimiNOX, have signed a ground-breaking memorandum of understanding that aims, among other objectives, to set up R300 million fund for carbon offset tax-free allowances to big industry players.

Rhodes University shines at SASUF Research and Innovation Week 2023

The South Africa Sweden University Forum (SASUF), of which Rhodes University is a member, recently held its Research and Innovation Week 2023. Several Rhodes University academics and executives participated.

SRC Vice-President and PhD candidate uses conservation and storytelling to inspire change

In the hopes of combining her passions for conservation, Indigenous storytelling and cinematography, PhD Candidate and Student Representative Council (SRC) Vice-President Putuma Balintulo fulfils her dream as a fellow at the Nature, Environment and Wildlife Filmmakers (NEWF).

Intercultural Education China visits Rhodes University

Intercultural Education China's Founder and Director, Ms. Linda Liao, and the Director of Overseas Recruitment, Ms. Talen Tan, visited the Rhodes University International Office and Career Centre to encourage Rhodes University final year and postgraduate students to consider teaching opportunities in China.

Despite the catastrophic stroke that threatened his academic journey, Makhanza obtains his masters degree

After suffering a catastrophic stroke while performing on stage in 2019, with only two months left for him to finish his master’s degree in ethnomusicology, Joe Makhanza had to pause his academic journey.

Behind-the-scenes: Student helper heroes

Graduation week at Rhodes University is a momentous occasion for graduates and their loved ones, as it marks the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and perseverance. To ensure the smooth running of the prestigious event, the University relies heavily on the support of student helpers behind-the-scenes.

Ghana’s e-levy is unfair to the poor and misses its revenue target: a lesson in mobile money tax design

In May 2022, the government in Ghana introduced a deeply unpopular tax on mobile money transactions, known as the e-levy. When it was introduced, the levy was structured as a 1.5% charge on all electronic and mobile money transactions over 100 cedis per day.

Rhodes University academics take on three projects with significant national impact

The Department of Higher Education and Training has awarded Rhodes University R13 497 000 to run three projects aimed at making a national impact on the higher education sector.

Rhodes communications officer Bukula earns third qualification

Rhodes University’s communications officer Velisile Bukula was one of hundreds of graduates capped this week at the institution’s autumn graduation which took place over three days.

Five staff members jointly receive the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award at graduation

During the 14h30 graduation ceremony of 30 March 2023, the Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Community Engagement Award was jointly awarded to Professor Megan Campbell, Nqobile Msomi, Dr Duane Booysen, Christine Lewis and Mandisa Ndabula from the Rhodes University Psychology Department.

Behind-the-scenes: Rhodes University spruces up Makhanda to celebrate newly-minted graduates

Rhodes University usually dresses up its campus during its annual graduation celebrations, but this year it boosted efforts to include an even wider area.

Investec uplifts first-year Commerce Extended Studies Programme students

Investec recently hosted a welcome event for first-year students of Rhodes University's Commerce Extended Studies Programme (ESP). Representing Investec were Mr Setlogane Manchidi, the Investec Head of Corporate Social Investment (CSI), and Mrs Thembiso Kodisang, an Investec CSI Practitioner. The Acting Dean of Commerce, Professor Lynette Louw, also attended the welcome event.

Rhodes University honours academic and activist Professor Janet Cherry

At its graduation ceremony on 30 March 2023, Rhodes University will confer a degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) on the Professor of Development Studies at Nelson Mandela University, Janet Cherry.

Rhodes University alumnus’ biofertiliser helping to reduce production costs

Rhodes University BSc alumnus, Nkululeko Ngqinambi has produced a biofertiliser to help lower production costs for farmers who have been battling high fertiliser prices.

Rhodes University honours climate change champion Professor Debra Roberts

At its graduation ceremony on 31 March 2023, Rhodes University will confer a degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) on Professor Debra Roberts, who heads the Sustainable and Resilient City Initiatives Unit in eThekwini Municipality.

Rhodes University honours global health researcher Professor Helen Rees

At its graduation ceremony on Friday, 31 March 2023, Rhodes University will confer a degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) on Executive Director at Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute Professor Helen Rees.

University collaboration nurtures meaningful connections between students through a pilot hybrid arts-based intervention

Named Koko, Nqonqo, Knock knock! Arts for Life!, Rhodes University and Wits University held a series of arts-based interventions in March 2023 to create meaningful dialogue and connections and destigmatise student mental health issues.

Rhodes University honours alumnus Justice Mbuyiseli Madlanga with an honorary degree

At its fourth graduation ceremony on Thursday, 30 March 2023, at 14h30, Rhodes University will confer a degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) on its alumnus and Judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Justice Mbuyiseli Russel Madlanga.

Latest figures show now nearly two-thirds of Rhodes University graduates are women

In an unprecedented follow-up, the upcoming Rhodes University graduation will see a substantial majority of women graduates. Of 1733 graduands, a staggering 1120 are women.

Rhodes University honours Chief Justice Raymond Zondo

At its graduation ceremony on 29 March 2023, Rhodes University will confer a degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) (honoris causa) on the Chairperson of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture and Chief Justice of South Africa, Judge Raymond Mnyamezeli Zondo.

Africa could lead the way in precision medicine

Imagine a world where a few drops of your blood, saliva or tears could give you early warning of impending cancer, heart attacks or other dread diseases. This field of ultra-sensitive disease diagnostics is already in the making, and Philani Mashazi, Associate Professor of Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry at Rhodes University, is right at the forefront.

Rhodes University immortalises knowledge through digital archive project

Digital archives are an essential aspect of the educational sphere. They serve as a form of immortalising knowledge, which can easily be lost if time is not taken to ensure its survival. The Rhodes University Library, in collaboration with the Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), recently presented an initiative to ensure that knowledge is stored and packaged for years and years to come through a digital archive project.

RUBIC launches first-ever water testing facility in Makhanda

Last week, the Rhodes University Biotechnology Innovation Centre (RUBIC) officially launched a water testing facility at the Biological Sciences building.

Promoting knowledge to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

The United Nation’s (UN) 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) aim to create a more peaceful and sustainable world, and university research can play a vital role in achieving them. The Rhodes University Library and Community Engagement division have initiated SDG projects to promote access to this knowledge across society.

Rhodes University Library champions climate justice through free and open access to science knowledge

The Rhodes University Library recently held a two-day Open Science Colloquium under the theme “Climate Justice Through Open Knowledge” at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature. The event was aimed at discussing the climate crisis and the ways in which it continues to impact different groups of people in a variety of ways.

ChatGPT is the push higher education needs to rethink assessment

The COVID-19 pandemic was a shock to higher education systems everywhere. But while some changes, like moving lectures online, were relatively easy to make, assessment posed a much bigger challenge. Assessment can take many forms, from essays to exams to experiments and more.

Painting the streets political

From marching in the town centre to occupying parks, people often gather to challenge the status quo in public spaces. Street art is no different. Though it might not come to mind when we think of protest, plastering graphics and words onto city walls is a political intervention.

Rhodes University MSc Student wins Eastern Cape Innovation Challenge

Rhodes University’s Masters of Biotechnology candidate, Ntobeko Songcata, recently won the Eastern Cape Innovation Challenge Award for his MSc project pitch.

After 24 years of dedicated service to Rhodes University, Pillay ascends to the position of Residential Operations Director

Twenty-four years of uninterrupted service, dedication, and love for her job have earned Jayalakshmi Pillay a promotion to the Director of Residential Operations. ‘Jay’, as she is better known, arrived at the Institution in 1999 as the Food Services Manager. She was appointed as the Deputy Director of Residential Operations in 2013.

Plea from the vice-chancellor – the future of Rhodes University is under serious threat

Relocating the seat of the high court would be nothing short of a death knell for this city. Makhanda would become a ghost town.

MSc sextet clinch a third position at the 5th International Water for Future (W4F) Hackathon in France

It was not ‘research as usual’ for six MSc students from the Institute for Water Research (IWR) at Rhodes University on 16 and 17 February, 2023. The six students, Andrew Ali, Havilah Nnadozie, Esther Seriki, Peter Wasswa, Sakikhaya Mabohlo and Sofia Lazar participated in the 5th edition of the W4F Hackathon organised by the UNESCO ICIREWARD International Centre in Montpellier, France.

Dr Pakiso Tondi takes over as Director of Student Affairs

Rhodes University today welcomes Dr. Pakiso Tondi as the new Director of Student Affairs. He takes over from Ms Nomangwane Mrwetyana, who has served the University for many years.

Rhodes University celebrates mentoring programme successes

A celebratory dinner was recently held to acknowledge the achievements and financial donors of Nine Tenths, a successful mentoring programme which forms part of Rhodes University’s Community Engagement (RUCE) initiatives. The dinner was attended by several high-level individuals, including the Vice Chancellor of Rhodes University, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, mentors, mentees, and donors who had provided critical support.

Local maths minds compete at the Rhodes University Mathematics Experience

Students from schools in Makhanda and nearby communities, including Port Alfred, Bathurst, and Gqeberha, met on 17 February 2023 for the Rhodes University Mathematics Experience (RUME) at the Barratt Lecture Theatre Complex at Rhodes University.

Celebrating the start of a new qualification in sustainability learning

Rhodes University Environmental Learning and Research Centre (ELRC) recently hosted a welcoming launch in celebration of the new qualification, the Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainability Learning [PGDip (SL)].

Division of Student Affairs Director bids farewell to Rhodes University

After a fulfilling 11-year journey at Rhodes University, Division of Student Affairs (DSA) Director, Ms Nomangwane Mrwetyana, bids farewell to the University. ‘Mam’ Noma’, as she is affectionately known by students, leaves her alma mater with fond memories. She started as a Senior Psychologist at the Counselling Care Centre and worked her way up to the Director position.

Life-long devotion to social justice sees experienced activist elected as the oldest Rhodes University SRC member in history

At the age of 61, people are generally considering retiring and spending quiet time with their families. However, this is not the case for the newly-elected Student Representative Council (SRC) Oppidan Councillor, Adrian February. He is the oldest student in the history of Rhodes university to be elected to serve as an SRC Councillor.

Rhodes Business School sharpens Rhodes University staff’s supervision and management skills

The Rhodes Business School recently held a graduation ceremony for its Manager’s Development Programme (MDP) and Supervisors’ Development Programmes (SDP). The two programmes were launched in 2021 to improve leadership skills for managers and supervisors within Rhodes University.

Mina Foundation and Gift of Givers donate 1000 menstrual cups to help eradicate period poverty on campus

Millions of women in South Africa struggle to afford sanitary products. This can stop them from attending school and working, undermining their health and dignity. Last week, the Mina Foundation visited Rhodes University to promote its durable and cost-effective period solution. The Mina Cup is a reusable silicon menstrual cup. They also launched a campaign to increase awareness of women’s reproductive health and de-stigmatise the conversations around menstruation.

Vice-Chancellor welcomes students from Gadra Matric School, Nine-Tenths, and the Bridging programme

Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela welcomed hundreds of students from different initiatives such as Gadra Matric School (GMS), the Bridging programme and the Nine-Tenths mentoring programme last week. Professor Mabizela congratulated them for making it to Rhodes University and encouraged them never to give up on their dreams.

Your sewage is contributing to Hartbeespoort Dam's alien hyacinth invasion

Hartbeespoort Dam, locally called Harties, is a popular getaway destination known for its scenic views and water activities. For decades, the dam has been infested with an alien plant species that regenerates quicker than it can be removed – the hyacinth.

SABC appoints School of Journalism and Media Studies alumnus as News and Current Affairs Channel Africa Editor

One of the South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) finest journalists and Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies’ (JMS) alumnus, Thami Dickson, has been appointed News and Current Affairs Editor for Channel Africa. Dickson is an experienced journalist with almost 20 years of working experience in radio and television news production.

Twenty-eight years in Higher Education earns van Dyk the role of Director of Facilities and Infrastructure

Dedication, enthusiasm, and love for his job have made Dawie Van Dyk’s promotion to Director of Facilities and Infrastructure at Rhodes University possible. Van Dyk arrived at Rhodes University in March 2014 and assumed the responsibility of Deputy Director: Facilities Services, and in May 2022, he became the Deputy Director of Projects, Space and MIS.

Rhodes welcomes new academics

Rhodes welcomes new academics

We need to stop thinking more trees will fix the climate crisis

Fighting climate change is high on the world’s agenda, and many believe planting trees is a powerful way to fix the crisis. Forests can capture and store carbon dioxide (CO2), the main culprit behind our warming atmosphere. But Associate Professor Susi Vetter, from the Rhodes University Botany Department, argues that the drive to reforest the earth can be misleading and, at worst, harmful to people and the planet.

Transdisciplinary research should be focused on the common good

Last week, the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology at Rhodes University held a talk under the theme: “Transdisciplinary research, sustainability, data and ethics - global trends shaping the future of academic research” with alumna Professor Stephanie Burton at the Biosciences Building.

Rhodes University welcomes new cohort of first-year students

About 1600 First Time Entering Students (FTENs) and their parents and guardians descended on Makhanda for the start of the University's Orientation Week this past weekend. They completed their registration and were allocated to their respective residences.

Ramaphosa scraped through 2022, but what will it take for South Africa to win in 2023?

If there was one person in South Africa all eyes were watching in 2022, it was Cyril Ramaphosa. His vertiginous swing in fortunes from almost resigning at the beginning of December to winning a second term as ANC president less than three weeks later left many of us with our hearts in our mouths.

Rhodes University mentors ready to welcome our 2023 first years

As the 2023 academic year begins, the Rhodes university mentorship program is excited to welcome first-year students and assist them in this beautiful and exciting journey they are about to embark on. Rhodes University prides itself on excellent retention and throughput rates. For Rhodes to sustain its performance in relation to retention, throughout and graduation rates, it aims to keep strengthening its claim as an institution of solidarity and care, one that deliberately builds the resilience and character of its students.

DNA in the water shows South African scientists where to find a rare pipefish

Keeping track of the world’s wildlife populations is fundamental to conservation efforts in the face of the continued deterioration of global biodiversity.

Afrobeats in 2022: global mobility, election songs, placemaking albums – and Tems

More than Nollywood films, Afrobeats is arguably Nigeria’s strongest cultural export since the turn of the millennium. It is a hugely dynamic music category that incorporates a range of moods, languages, styles, and existing genres. To understand its impact, a cultural connoisseur has equated good Afrobeats music with well-made, smoky Nigerian party jollof rice!

Standard Bank, Bata Shoes and Rhodes University partnership brings 135 pairs of shoes to Khutliso Daniels learners

It was smiles and jubilation at Khutliso Daniels Secondary School yesterday when 135 learners received new school shoes from Standard Bank Tutuwa Community Foundation and Bata Shoes. This results from a fruitful partnership between Standard Bank and Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE).

Rhodes University hosts the MeerKAT Grand Tour data science workshop

Twenty-two students from South African universities have converged at Rhodes University to participate in the MeerKAT Grand Tour Data Science workshop held from Sunday, 15 to Saturday, 21 January 2023.

Rhodes University Entomology PhD candidate wins prestigious prize

Megan Reid, a PhD candidate in the Department of Zoology and Entomology at Rhodes University, has won the prestigious Young Entomologists Essay Prize from the Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA).

Madosini, a South African national treasure whose music kept a rich history alive

Renowned African musician, songwriter and storyteller Latozi “Madosini” Mphahleni passed away late in 2022. The cultural and indigenous music activist, who laughed as often as she played, was loved by everyone she met. She has left behind a rich legacy of Xhosa music, heritage and history. She also taught and nurtured a new generation of bow players, reinvigorating an art that was dying.

Rhodes University LLM student and part-time lecturer wins the prestigious South African Law Reform Legal Essay Competition

Rhodes University LLM student and part-time lecturer, Hugh Harnett has been announced as the winner of the prestigious South African Law Reform Legal Essay Competition (SALRC) for 2021. The results were delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions and were only announced last week.

Rhodes University mourns the passing of its honorary doctorate recipient and struggle icon, Dr Frene Ginwala

The Rhodes University community is saddened by the passing of one of its honorary doctorate recipients and the first Speaker of the National Assembly in the democratic South Africa, Dr Frene Ginwala. Dr Ginwala died on Thursday following a stroke.

Rhodes University condemns the assassination attempt on the University of Fort Hare’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Sakhela Buhlungu, and the murder of Mboneli Vesele

Rhodes University has learnt with deep shock and dismay about the cold-hearted murder of the executive protection officer and security aide, Mr Mboneli Vesele, and the assassination attempt on the University of Fort Hare’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sakhela Buhlungu.

Rhodes University mourns the passing of honorary doctorate recipient and legendary storyteller, Mama Latozi Madosini Mphahleni

The Rhodes University community is saddened by the news of the passing of one of its honorary doctorate recipients, Mama Latozi Madosini Mphahleni. Mama Madosini was one of South Africa’s most celebrated artists, teachers, composers and storytellers.

Rhodes University commerce alumna steps up as first woman CFO for Mercedes-Benz SA

Rhodes University commerce alumna Taryn Woodbridge has recently been appointed the first-ever woman Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Executive Director: Finance and Controlling of Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA).

Digital storytelling can be a powerful tool for water researchers

Storytelling and science may, at first glance, seem like strange bedfellows. Scientists usually share their research through academic journals and books or at academic conferences.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor retires after 40 long years of dedicated service

Rhodes University recently bade farewell to one of its longest-serving staff members, outgoing Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation Professor Peter Clayton.

New digital library to make 30 years of environmental learning and research resources accessible for all

Over the past 30 years, the Rhodes University Environmental Learning and Research Centre (ELRC) has created a plethora of scholarship on social innovation, environmental education, and the transformative potential of university and civil society partnerships.

Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies wraps up its 50th-anniversary celebration by honouring its final 24 trendsetting alumni

Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) wrapped up its 50th-anniversary celebrations and awards last week.

Using Nanotechnology to change the world

Last week, at the Barratt lecture theatre, Rhodes University hosted a two-day Department of Science and Innovation (DSI)-Mintek Nanotechnology Innovation Centre (NIC) annual workshop.

Exquisite new fossils from South Africa offer a glimpse into a thriving ecosystem 266 million years ago

South Africa is famous for its amazingly rich and diverse fossil record. The country’s rocks document more than 3.5 billion years of life on Earth: ancient forms of bacterial life, the emergence of life onto land, the evolution of seed-producing plants, reptiles, dinosaurs and mammals – and humanity.

Rhodes University honours its retirees at tree planting event

On 21 November 2022, Rhodes University said goodbye to its retirees at a special tree planting celebration event hosted on the Barratt Theatre Complex’s lawns.

Crime is lower when cities are greener: evidence from South Africa supports the link

South Africa’s population is urbanising at a rapid pace. The sheer rate of change poses challenges to planning for sustainable and liveable cities.

University rankings are an unscientific and socially damaging billion-dollar game

Many universities expend vast sums of money to improve their place on the rankings. And they make strategic decisions that favour rankings placement over transformation.

Searching the natural world for a solution to deadly drug-resistant bacteria

Drug-resistant infections caused by the misuse of antibiotic treatments killed over 1.2 million people worldwide in 2019. Without global action, this silent pandemic is projected to lead to 10 million deaths every year by 2050. People living in low-to-middle-income countries with limited access to new and effective antibiotics will be most affected.

Taking knowledge from the university into the world: Postgraduates shine in #3MinuteThesis competition award ceremony

Writing a thesis is tough, but as many students can attest to, explaining it to the world can be just as difficult. Last week, the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) hosted an awards ceremony for its internal #3MinuteThesis (#3MT) competition.

The moral outrage about plagiarism belies our educative failure

The police-catch-punish approach neglects to address plagiarists’ misunderstanding of what higher education is all about, says Sioux McKenna.

A Durban theatre company is drawing attention to the ocean through powerful storytelling

Durban theatre company, Empatheatre, performed its play ‘Lalela Ulwandle’ at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh on 14 November. The intention of the cast and crew was to place an ‘acupuncture point’ within COP27 decision-making and spark deeper consideration of grassroots coastal realities of the climate crisis.

Vice Chancellor welcomes 81 new staff members to the University

This week, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, warmly welcomed 81 new staff members to Rhodes University. The 81 staff members started at the University from January until October 2022.

Makana community members uplift citizens with dazzling orchestra concert

On Sunday, 13 November 2022, citizens of Makana filled the Cathedral of St Michael and St George to experience the newly-formed Makana Community Orchestra's inaugural concert.

Science to the beat of a drum

Through his recently awarded PhD degree, Dr Angelius Kanyanga Liveve demonstrates how the indigenisation of the science curriculum through drums and dance can make for a more holistic understanding of the subject for African school-going children.

Recent PhD graduate awarded University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr Seeprarani Rath, who recently graduated with her PhD degree at Rhodes University, has been awarded a prestigious Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto, Canada, to the value of approximately R800 000. Dr Rath, who submitted her doctoral thesis in 2019, was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Rhodes University Biopharmaceutics Research Institute (BRI) until recently.

How the special Covid grant helped informal traders to stay afloat

No matter the circumstances and challenges, informal traders were able to parlay the Covid-19 Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant into supporting and even in some cases, growing their businesses, write Senzelwe Mthembu, Sophie Plagerson, Laura Alfers, Mike Rogan and Lauren Graham.

Graduate challenges normative assumptions around menstrual health and human rights in Masters thesis

Supervised by Associate Professor Eduard Jordaan, Gemma-Mae Hartley recently graduated with a Master of Arts degree at the October graduation ceremonies. Her tertiary journey began with uncertainty and after changing her degree multiple times, Hartley eventually found her calling in Political and International Studies.

Rhodes University builds sustainable societies through education with Nedbank

Education should be at the forefront of the country to achieve all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These were the sentiments shared by Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela during yesterday’s site visit by Nedbank for an update on the bridging programme they support through the Nedbank Eyethu Community Trust.

Rhodes University students respond in droves to the possibility of international scholarships

A recent international scholarship information session had Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre filled to capacity, showing Rhodes University students' interest in exploring opportunities abroad.

Rhodes University PhD graduate on a quest to reduce the health burden

Recently graduated with her PhD, Dr Yolande Ikala Openda, is a Rhodes university PhD science graduate in Chemistry.

A childhood love for science drives Mbulelo to research water safety

His love for science as a young boy has paid off for Mbulelo Jokazi, who recently graduated with a Master of Science degree at the Rhodes University October graduation ceremonies.

Rhodes University community gathers for breast cancer awareness breakfast

The Rhodes University Division of Student Affairs (DSA), in collaboration with the Health Care Centre (HCC), held a breakfast at the Oppidan Dining Hall on 21 October 2022 to raise breast cancer awareness.

Dedication and perseverance win the crown for Dr Oosthuizen

Nine years of consistent hard work and dedication have finally turned a dream into a reality for Dr Mikaela Oosthuizen. She finally received her PhD in Media studies from Rhodes university at the October graduation ceremony.

Rhodes University honours loyal long-serving staff members

Rhodes University academic, administrative, and support staff recently gathered at the Senior Common Room to celebrate those who have been in service at the University for 30, 35 and 40 years.

International Library of African Music discusses plans with Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Earlier this month, the International Library for African Music (ILAM) received a long-anticipated visit from the Acting Director-General of Arts and Culture, Vusithemba Ndima.

The Centre for Social Development celebrates early childhood education graduates

The Centre for Social Development (CSD), situated at Rhodes University, hosted a graduation ceremony at the 1820 Settlers’ Monument on 10 October, for 93 candidates who were awarded a National Diploma in Early Childhood Education (ECD).

Two Rhodes University academics inducted into the Academy of Science of South Africa

Two academics from Rhodes University, Distinguished Professor at the Environmental Learning Research Centre, Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka and Computer Science Lecturer Dr Dane Brown, were inaugurated as Members of the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) at the annual Awards Ceremony. The two academics were among the 29 scholars and scientists that ASSAf inaugurated.

A mission for ignition: Kenya High Commission Education Attaché delegation visits Rhodes University

The Kenya High Commission Education Attaché, Mr Adan Mohamed Ibrahim, accompanied by Ms Ditlalane Mapadimeng, visited Rhodes University recently as part of a national mission.

Keeping scholarly legacies alive through academic gown bestowal

For the recently held October graduations at Rhodes University, two PhD graduates were gifted gowns from well-respected academics in their respective fields.

Former MK operative finally receives master’s degree

After giving up his high school career and joining the struggle, former Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) underground operative Mzimasi Hala found the courage to complete his studies and acquire his master’s degree in history.

Rhodes’s Luzuko Jacobs earns journalism doctorate

Rhodes University’s director of communications and advancement, Luzuko Jacobs, was among those who acquired their hard-earned doctorates at the university’s graduation ceremony on Friday.

We have fallen from a rainbow nation to a mafia state, says Busisiwe Mavuso

On Tuesday, 04 October, the Rhodes Business School (RBS) held its 8th Annual Archbishop Thabo Makgoba Development Trust (ATMDT) Lecture on Values-Based Leadership. The School hosted the CEO of Business Leadership South Africa, Ms Busisiwe Mavuso as guest lecturer.

Rhodes University hosts legacy luncheon

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, last week hosted a legacy luncheon for the University bequestors at the Lagoon Beach Hotel, Cape Town

Student leader focus: Meet Takudzwa Makuwa

Our Rhodes University Community Engagement student volunteers work tirelessly and selflessly to uplift the community through mentoring, early childhood education, engaged citizenry and social change. Meet Takudzwa Makuwa, a student leader for the BuddingQ Volunteering Programme – and hear about what inspires him.

Rhodes University honours journalist and gallant freedom fighter, Thenjiwe Mtintso

In its October postgraduate graduation, Rhodes University will bestow an honour of Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) on journalist and anti-apartheid activist, Thenjiwe Mtintso. Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela said the honour was in recognition and celebration of Mtintso’s long and sustained contribution as a dedicated freedom fighter and a committed gender activist.

Rhodes University honours 100 exemplary students

On Thursday, 06 October 2022, the Rhodes University community celebrated the achievements of some of its most brilliant students in various academic, leadership, sporting, and cultural fields. The Rhodes University Top 100 Awards were established in 2009 and were introduced as a tool to honour and celebrate student excellence.

NORRAG Special Issue #7 "Education in Times of Climate Change" launched

The seventh edition of NORRAG Special Issue (NSI) entitled “Education in Times of Climate Change” is published and now available. Produced in partnership with the Rhodes University Environmental Learning Research Centre (ELRC), the journal was launched on 6 October by NORRAG in an online webinar to an expansive audience.

Community engagement stars shine bright at awards evening

The Rhodes University Community Engagement Awards saw several inspiring individuals and groups rightfully honoured for their selfless contributions to creating a better society for all.

Empirical study on the "forgotten people" of Zimbabwe launched at Rhodes University

On 27 September 2022, Rhodes African Studies Centre (RASC) hosted a book launch in the Humanities seminar room and online. One of the editors, Professor Kirk Helliker was present at the Centre, and the other editors and contributors of the book joined online. He also chaired the launch on behalf of the Dean of Humanities and Head of the RASC, Professor Enocent Msindo.

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor pays moving tribute to the media and calls for the protection of media freedom

During Rhodes University’s reunion cocktail event with its alumni in Durban last night, Vice-Chancellor Professor Sizwe Mabizela made an unprecedented move when he paid homage to South African media. The cocktail was held at Cuba Lounge, Moses Mabhida stadium, to reunite Rhodes University alumni through social engagement. However, in the presence of Durban-based media, Professor Mabizela went off script and called for the protection of media freedom.

Africa won't rise if women don't rise, says Dr Dlamini-Zuma

On 15 September, the Rhodes University Political & International Studies Department, in conjunction with Nelson Mandela University's Centre for Women & Gender Studies, the Political Sciences Department of the University of Pretoria and the University of Cape Town's Historical and Political Studies Department, hosted a forum titled "Women & 20 Years of the African Union".

The importance of creating awareness of Invisible Disabilities in Institutions of Higher Learning

On 28 September 2022, the Division of Student Affairs (DSA), the Disability Committee and the Equity and Institutional Culture Office at Rhodes University hosted a seminar on invisible disabilities. The seminar gave a platform to engage different stakeholders on matters affecting students and staff living with disabilities, with a particular emphasis on ‘invisible disabilities’.

Rhodes University to celebrate its ‘virtual’ graduates during latest graduation ceremonies

The month of October is usually reserved for graduating Masters and PhD students, however, this year, Rhodes University will add a series of graduation celebration ceremonies for graduates who had to undergo virtual graduations due to COVID-19 restrictions.

It's About Time: Rhodes University Fine Art alumni host a joint art exhibition

Four decades ago, a group of six first-year art students from Rhodes University decided that they would get together to exhibit in 10 years' time.

Video footage provides first detailed observation of orcas hunting white sharks in South Africa

The first direct evidence of orcas killing white sharks in South Africa has been captured by both a helicopter and drone pilot, and a new paper published today in The Ecological Society of America’s journal Ecology presents both sets of video footage, which provide new evidence that orcas are capable of pursuing, capturing and incapacitating white sharks. One predation event was filmed on a drone, but the researchers believe that three other sharks may also have been killed.

Rhodes University honours its trendsetting journalism alumni to celebrate 50 years of existence

In commemorating its 50th anniversary in 2022, Rhodes University’s School of Journalism and Media Studies (JMS) is honouring 50 of its most distinguished alumni across the globe. Seven alumni were honoured at a Gala Dinner hosted by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, at Lagoon Beach Hotel in Cape Town last night. These are Audrey Brown, Rebecca Davis, Ray Hartle, Leonie Joubert, Daneel Knoetze, Karyn Maughan, Minoshni Pillay and Professor Alison Gillwald.

Mental health, funding and gaining student body trust are among incoming SRC President's focus areas

The evening of 23 September 2022 was a significant one for the Rhodes University calendar as it marked the inauguration of the incoming Student Representative Council for the year 2023.

Changing the face of economics teaching

In a transforming society, the way we think about teaching economics needs to change. Economics lecturer, Mr David Fryer, won the Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award in 2020 and presented his accompanying lecture last week, focusing on the potential to reconfigure undergraduate economics so that it is more in touch with the realities of students and the futures they face.

Celebrating the life and times of an intellectual giant of the Eastern Cape, John Knox Bokwe

As a Heritage Month celebration, the Albany Museum hosted a public lecture on an intellectual giant of the Eastern Cape, John Knox Bokwe. The lecture, presented by the Head of Classical Studies at Rhodes University, Dr Hleze Kunju, also recognised the centenarian year since Bokwe's passing.

Rhodes University chess team clinch provincial chess league win

Rhodes University’s A team has made history by clinching the provincial chess league trophy over the weekend. The five-member team played their last game at Walter Sisulu University’s (WSU) Komani campus against WSU. Captain and Chairperson of Rhodes University Chess Club, Lucas Mnguni, attributed the win to the team’s dedication, hunger, and hard work.

Rhodes University prioritises staff wellbeing with holistic solution

In collaboration with Company Wellness Solutions (CWS), Rhodes University hosted a two-day staff event last week, followed by a fun walk on Friday. The event's main goal was to educate employees about the RUWELL Employee Wellness App and how they can benefit.

The Council of Higher Education visits campus for routine institutional audit

Ensuring access to quality higher education is central to growing and strengthening South Africa's democratic project. This week, Rhodes University hosts a panel from the Council on Higher Education (CHE), which is conducting institutional audits of all public and private universities in the country.

Student leader focus: Meet Jodi-Anne Rooi

Our Rhodes University Community Engagement student volunteers work tirelessly and selflessly to uplift the community through mentoring, early childhood education, engaged citizenry and social change. Meet Jodi-Anne Rooi, a student leader in the 9/10ths Matric Mentoring Programme – and hear about what inspires her.

New data on the e-levy in Ghana: unpopular tax on mobile money transfers is hitting the poor hardest

Ghana’s introduction of a a 1.5% tax on mobile money transactions in May 2022 has been watched closely by policymakers across Africa. The proponents of the electronic transaction levy (e-levy) argue that taxes on mobile money — commonly referred to in Ghana as MoMo — present an opportunity for cash-strapped governments to raise funds in the complex post-pandemic context.

Early detection to stop diseases in their tracks

On 13 September 2022, colleagues, Heads of Departments, Deans and students alike gathered in Eden Grove Blue to honour Professor Philani Mashazi's 2021 VC's Distinguished Research Award. Professor Mashazi of the Rhodes University Chemistry Department received recognition for his significant research strides within his field.

The Rhodes University Library to promote the advancement of the United Nations SDGs through 2023 online research portal

Rhodes University Library has initiated the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) webpage. It is an online portal project designed to provide the Rhodes University community and the world at large with access to the multidisciplinary research that the Rhodes University research community has conducted

Rhodes University academic recognised in the Sunday World’s phenomenal women feature

Rhodes University senior lecturer at the Philosophy department, Dr Lindsay Kelland, was featured in the Sunday World’s phenomenal women feature for 2022.

Student Affairs welcome new Student Life, Support and Development Manager

Rhodes University recently welcomed new Student Life, Support and Development Manager, Saphu’lwandisile Vika. Vika is no stranger to higher education as he brings a wealth of experience from the sector.

Four exemplary alumni honoured this year

The Old Rhodian Union selection committee has chosen four worthy recipients of Rhodes University's Distinguished Alumni Award 2022: Million Belay Ali, Ann Burroughs, Kathleen Heugh and Raphael Tshimanga.

Let us be inquisitive, look, and find out, says Professor Horst Kaiser

Esteemed professors, family, colleagues and friends of Professor Horst Kaiser recently gathered at the Eden Grove Blue lecture theatre for his long-awaited lecture that was meant to take place last year but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Agency as a complex fiduciary relationship

On 7 September 2022, the Rhodes University Deputy Vice Chancellors, Faculty of Law staff, fellow academics, students, family and friends of Professor Graham Glover gathered in the Eden Grove Blue Lecture Theatre for his inaugural lecture entitled “‘Please Call Me’ Agent: The Taxonomy of Agency Law in South Africa.”

New study: strong leadership practices in schools drive improved performance Dr Dumisani Hompashe, Research Associate at the Institute of Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University

At the Basic Education Sector Lekgotla in 2019, President Cyril Ramaphosa said, “We need a functional leadership and accountability system that involves the school management teams, the teachers, the representative councils of learners, the school governing bodies and the community at large.

Rhodes Music Radio back in full force

Rhodes Music Radio (RMR) is fully back on air after having had a reduced programming schedule since December 2021. The newly-appointed Station Manager, Unathi Koboka, officially relaunched the station with her new team last week. RMR is a campus-based community radio station located in the heart of Rhodes University.

Infrastructural upgrades take centre stage at sports facilities

Rhodes University Sports Administration has had a facelift recently. According to the Sports Administration Manager, Frans Mamabolo, this was necessitated by the fact that the infrastructure is as old as the University.

CPGS hosts a panel on multilingualism as a part of Rhodes University’s Postgraduate Conference

Postgraduates from around the country and the world gathered on 02 September 2022 to take part in a panel hosted by the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS) of Rhodes University.

Crossing the Borders of Knowledge: 2022 Postgraduate Conference kicks off at Rhodes University

On 01 September 2022, the annual Rhodes Postgraduate Conference kicked off with a discussion on how we can ensure that knowledge created in higher education institutions crosses borders and is utilised to address the needs of the people and the planet.

Rhodes University officially robes Dr Madosini amid her family and community

On Saturday 03 September 2022, Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor Professor Sizwe Mabizela officially handed over a hood and gown to Dr Latozi Madosini Mpahleni, in full view of Dr Mpahleni’s family and the community at Mkhankatho village in Libode, outside Mthatha.

Prestigious scholarship recognises two Rhodes University Honours graduates

Two Rhodes University Honours graduates, Kristen Paige Burgess and Emily Ann Webster, were awarded the Patrick and Margaret Flanagan Scholarship this year (2022). Burgess is currently enrolled for a Master's in Chemistry at Rhodes University and Webster for a Master's in English Literature at the University of Cape Town (UCT).

Rhodes University academic appointed in President's anti-corruption watch group

Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies TV Lecturer and PhD candidate Thandeka Gqubule-Mbeki has been appointed to President Cyril Ramaphosa's National Anti-Corruption Advisory Council.

From the archives into the spotlight: Rhodes University helps bring attention to early anti-colonial writer S.E.K Mqhayi

Much of Southern Africa's documented history is dominated by the written records of the colonial project. As a result, the region's history is either murky or neglected. But Rhodes University’s Library Services, through its Cory Library branch and in collaboration with the University of Cape Town (UCT), plans to change this through the Five Hundred Years Archive (FHYA) project. The project seeks to make diverse historical materials available to researchers.

The Registrar inspires support for women in leadership, upliftment of girl children and action against gender-based violence and femicide

On 25 August 2022, the Rhodes University community and public at large were invited to the fourth virtual public lecture in which the Registrar of Rhodes University, Professor Adéle Moodly, reflected on the advancement of women in leadership in higher education institutions. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research and Innovation Professor Peter Clayton, welcomed everyone to the public lecture.

University of Bayreuth and four African universities continue forward-looking cooperation in the Cluster of Excellence

The University of Bayreuth and four African universities will continue their successful cooperation in the Cluster of Excellence "Africa Multiple" in the next three years. High-ranking representatives of the five partner universities signed an agreement to this effect today in Lagos. The University of Lagos (Nigeria), Moi University (Eldoret, Kenya), Université Joseph Ki-Zerbo (Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso) and Rhodes University (Makhanda, South Africa) will thus continue to strengthen and advance joint projects in the fields of research and knowledge transfer with their "African Cluster Centers (ACCs)".

Intellectual Giants of the Eastern Cape premiers at the Zanzibar International Film Festival

Following two preliminary exclusive screenings at Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, the 65-minute-long documentary film, Intellectual Giants of the Eastern Cape, officially premiered at the 25th Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF) in June 2022.

First Makhanda, then the world for The Printing Girls

When six former Rhodes University fine arts classmates decided to revive their love of printmaking six years after graduating, they formed a collective and mounted a life-changing art exhibition at the National Arts Festival in Makhanda.

Rhodes University Chamber Choir back on tour after a two-year hiatus

The Rhodes University Chamber Choir (RUCC), conducted by Mr Kutlwano Kepadisa, are currently on their first tour since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. They are visiting Johannesburg and Bloemfontein between 19 and 23 August 2022.

How Professor Lobb overcame lockdown restrictions to enhance the computational chemistry curriculum

On 16 August 2022, Associate Professor in Chemistry Kevin Alan Lobb delivered a lecture titled "Software-based chemistry and its ideal placement in remote and post-COVID learning". The lecture explored teaching strategies that assisted students during remote and online teaching and how they remain useful now that in-person instruction has resumed.

Work of the heart – a thought-provoking conversation with alumna Nombulelo Gongqa

On 12 August 2022, Nombulelo Gongqa, a Rhodes University alumna and the current Director of Organisational Change/Transformation at Diocesan School for Girls (DSG), hosted a conversation titled "Work of the Heart" for the postgraduates of the Organisational Development course at Rhodes University.

Stable Life: bringing us back to balance

Manager of Academic Administration Suzette Flanagan presented the effect of horses on people's well-being in her motivational address at the annual Registrar's Division Women's Day event on 10 August 2022. This event recognises women's strengths in adversity and is done in commemoration of women and girl-children who continue to experience the injustices of a patriarchal system.

Backlash against Higher Education Department’s draft university policy misses the point

The draft university policy is not about the public sector at all. Instead it sets out the future designations that will be available in the private higher education sector. It attends to the demand by private institutions that they too should be able to call themselves ‘universities’.

Much-loved Visitors’ Book retires due to POPI Act

Situated for years in full view in the Alumni House foyer, a historical Visitors’ Book has been available for students, parents, alumni, and visitors to comment in and leave their details. Sadly, due to the Protection of Personal information Act (POPI), this book will no longer be able to be used for its intended purpose.

Universities shouldn’t use software to monitor online exams: here’s why

Proctoring software monitors a student’s computer or phone while they write exams. These programs have been around for some time but became ubiquitous during online learning in the pandemic.

Rhodes University takes bold steps toward the future with IDP review

Rhodes University constituencies converged at Mpekweni Beach Resort in Port Alfred from 12-14 August 2022 to deliberate and review the current Institutional Development Plan (IDP).

Registrar’s Division honours the Registrar in heart-warming Women’s Month celebration

It has become a tradition, started by Rhodes University’s Registrar, Professor Adéle Moodly, to host a Women’s Day seminar within her Division and to honour women staff. This year, the Registrar’s Division flipped the script and celebrated her instead.

Rhodes University academic appointed President of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa

Associate Professor Susi Vetter from the Department of Botany was recently elected President of the Grassland Society of Southern Africa (GSSA). The GSSA elects a new incoming President every year who serves on their Council for the following three years (as Vice-President, President, and Immediate Past President, respectively).

Master of Science student jets off to London to pursue her PhD

Rhodes University Master of Science student, Ariana Watkins, will fly the Rhodes University flag in London after she was selected for a studentship at the Francis Crick Institute through University College London (UCL).

Racism in South Africa: why the ANC has failed to dismantle patterns of white privilege

One of the sources of social discontent in post-apartheid South Africa is the legacy of white racism. This toxic legacy is evident in racialised poverty and inequality.

Student Affairs promotes effective & efficient mental health & wellbeing

Rhodes University is committed to providing a safe and conducive environment for its students.

Rhodes University officially reopens the swimming pool

Celebrations and ululation were the order of the day on Friday, 5 August 2022 as Rhodes University Sports Administration cut the purple ribbon to officially re-open the swimming pool outside Bantu Steve Biko Union Building.

Connecting people, proteins and technology through network analysis

The notion of ‘six degrees of separation’ is a fundamental network analysis concept in social sciences, in which persons who are quite removed from one another are linked by a chain of, at most, six shared acquaintances. Therefore, we find ourselves using the phrase "Such a small world" to express our astonishment when we discover that we share a friend with another person. Beyond that, would it not be even more astonishing to consider amino acids as social groups of people with different roles and interactions? What's in store if proteins mutate or a few amino acids change?

The wonderful symbiosis of plants and fungi

Distinguished academics, lecturers, Deans, DVCs, and other special guests gathered to hear the inaugural lecture delivered by Professor Joanna Dames late last month. The mood was celebratory as Dames stood to give her first lecture as a full Professor at Rhodes University.

Rhodes University launches a R90 million state-of-the-art Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, today officiated the sod-turning ceremony to mark the commencement of a R90 million state-of-the-art building that will house a global Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation (INI).

Professor Bamgbose delivers thought-provoking public lecture on alternative methods of resolving conflict in nation building

Rhodes University Law Faculty on Wednesday hosted a public lecture by former Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships) at the University of Ibadan, distinguished visiting Professor Oluyemisi Bamgbose.

Rhodes University welcomes 61 interns as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, welcomed 61 graduates to campus this week as they joined the University as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) programme.

Rhodes University seek ways to preserve African languages and promote multilingualism

Last week, Rhodes University hosted a two-day colloquium on Language Policy Framework for Public Institutions of Higher Education. Various academics from different departments and external speakers converged at the Amazwi South African museum of Literature. According

Rhodes University promotes indigenous languages through language colloquium

A vibrant and diverse group of professors, linguistic experts, students, and other members of the Rhodes University community converged on Friday at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature.

Rhodes University hosts dinner in honour of visiting ARUA delegation

A delightful evening filled with laughter and smiles, with everyone interacting and conversing with one another. This week, Rhodes University hosted a dinner in honour of the visiting African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) special guest, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at the University of Ibadan: Professor Oluyemisi Bamgbose and ARUA Secretary General, Professor Ernest Aryeetey.

Rhodes University hall residences renamed after Solomon Mahlangu and Hugh Masekela

As part of its continuing transformation agenda, Rhodes University has renamed two of its residences after two of South Africa’s struggle icons - Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu and Dr Hugh Masekela.

Fine Art student wins the Javier Rosón Prize

Julia Arbuckle, a Rhodes University Master’s student in Fine Art, has been awarded the Javier Rosón Prize for her work entitled “Root/Rot: The Family Bible.

Makhanda schools receive water tanks from Standard Bank for Mandela Day

The month of July is significant in the global calendar as the world celebrates the life and legacy of the late great leader, Nelson Mandela. As an annual celebration, the United Nations officially declared Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009. Since then, every 18 July, Mandela's birthday, people from all walks of life are rallied to action to recognise their power to make a difference in the lives of those around them. In commemorating this day, Rhodes University, in partnership with Standard Bank's Tutuwa Community Foundation, hosted a celebration at Khutliso Daniels Secondary School to recognise the Bank's significant contributions to uplifting education in the Eastern Cape. The School is one of 67 schools that received brightly painted water tanks from Standard Bank for Mandela Day.

Tavern shootings, deaths are a microcosm of everyday township life in South Africa

Taverns are a sphere of the broader daily ‘normalised’ structural violence in townships. This type of violence happens on a daily basis, if not every weekend. The only difference is that the current high number of deaths happened in one day.

The long lineage of Madiba’s humanism: Professor Siba Grovogui of Cornell University presents the 2022 Nelson Mandela Public Lecture

The late Nelson Mandela is celebrated as a leading figure of the liberation struggle against Apartheid, renowned for a morality always turned towards empathy, forgiveness, and a commitment to the freedom and equality of all.

RUCE celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day

Rhodes University Community Engagement (RUCE) joined millions of people worldwide on Monday in celebrating and reflecting on the heroic efforts of the late Former President of South Africa and anti-apartheid activist, Dr Nelson Mandela. RUCE celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day, which falls on his birthday every year.

Rhodes University student selected for highly competitive training programme

Masters in Economics student Claire McCann was recently selected as one of thirty students to attend a highly competitive, fully-funded economics training programme.

Politics Teach-in Series: The duplicity of Euro-American Power

Rhodes University’s Department of Political and International Studies hosted its Teach-in seminars at the Barratt Lecture theatre this week.

Politics Teach-in Series: Is Russia’s Ukraine invasion justified under international law? Professor Martha Bradley weighs in

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has dominated the news and is having global ramifications. This week’s Politics Teach-In, hosted by the Department of Politics and International Relations at Rhodes University, focuses on the ins and outs of this war. The seminar series began with insights from Associate Professor Martha Bradley from the Department of Public Law at the University of Pretoria. She looked at how Vladimir Putin has justified the invasion and how this holds up against international law.

Philosophy honours student selected for notable travel bursary

Rhodes University Honours in Philosophy student Jesse Ferguson and 17 other South Africans have been chosen for the Abe Bailey travel bursary this year.

Rhodes University alumni make this year’s prestigious Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans list

Several alumni from Rhodes University are among this year’s Mail & Guardian top 200 Young South Africans. Every year, the Mail & Guardian celebrates the most interesting and talented young South Africans under 35, who have shown themselves to be leaders.

nGAP lecturer shares her US Fulbright Visiting Fellowship journey

Rhodes University New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP) lecturer Yolani Ndamase recently got back from New York where she spent a year on a Fulbright Visiting Fellowship.

Rhodes University’s recently launched radio telescope provides robust learning opportunities

Dean of Science Professor Tony Booth officially launched the Rhodes University Transient Array Radio Telescope (TART) at the Waainek (Makhanda) site last week.