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Intervarsity News 16 October 2017

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

On 12 September Wits announced it is set to enhance and change teaching and learning methods by introducing a high-tech eZone, a physical learning space that uses sophisticated technology and advanced eLearning tools to deliver education that helps students to keep up with the times. The project, which has been named eFundaninathi (translation eLearn) is set to be introduced by an occupational therapist and PhD student, Paula Barnard. Barnard introduced a joint initiative that sought to combine the school of Therapeutic Sciences and the School of Education in order to ensure that students will keep up with the times and be on par with rapid technological advancement.

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Intervarsity News 18 September 2017

Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT)

On 11 September an arson attack was reported on CPUT’s Cape Town campus. CPUT spokesperson Lauren Kansley told EWN that, “campuses remain open and operational despite an attack on a design building in Cape Town during the early hours of the morning.

We believe petrol bombs were used to set fire to a number of classrooms but private security and the fire department managed to get the situation under control before the fire could do more damage.”

This comes after students protested over accommodation, forcing CPUT to close its Cape Town campus.

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Intervarsity News 28 August 2017

University of Cape Town (UCT)
The University of Cape Town recently announced a new degree that no other university on the African continent offers.

The new degree, a Master of Data Science with aspecialisation in Financial Technology, will be implemented in January next year. Dr. Co-Pierre Georg,senior lecturer at the African Institute of Financial Markets and Risk Management (AIFMRM) at UCT and course convener, said, “In the past, companies were mainly looking for advanced mathematical andmodelling skills. There still is demand for these skills, but by far the largest demand now is for students who have a thorough understanding of finance combined with a mastery of modern data analytics and software development skills.”

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Intervarsity News 4 September 2017

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

According to The Citizen, the Wits SRC President, Deputy President and member responsible for projects and campaigns have resigned. According to a statement on the Wits SRC Facebook page, dated 21 August, the reason for SRC President Kefentse Mkhari’s resignation was due to health reasons, adding that “he feels that he can no longer serve students to the best of his abilities”. The statement further added that “The SRC Deputy President, Noluthando Zuma, has also tendered in her resignation owing to her being provided with an employment opportunity she was unable to turn down.” It explained that Obakeng Mulaudzi, the projects and campaigns officer, had completed his studies and, according to the SRC constitution, was unable to continue in office as he was not a registered student.

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Intervarsity News 14 August 2017

University of KwaZulu- Natal (UKZN)

 The investigation has resulted in a search and seizure operation involving 286 staff members. The operation is being undertaken with the assistance of an external forensic audit company. The aim of the operation is to gather further evidence, investigate and determine the full extent of staff involvement. University Management initiated this investigation, which led to uncovering the syndicate. This investigation was critical to ensure all people implicated face the law. To date, five students have been implicated in the UKZN admissions scam.

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