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.

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