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Researcher wins Unisa a share of huge grant

Four African universities will each be receiving a slice of £4 million from the UK's Arts and Humanities Research Council for peace education research, working out at around R4,5 million in Unisa’s case. Read more

Every challenge presents parallel opportunities

In a recent Bizcommunity interview, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya, says that Covid-19 means that the education sector has to expedite its leap into the fourth industrial revolution, and that a blueprint is needed to catapult the sector into the advanced online teaching and learning environment. Read more

Unisa students get a major boost on data and connectivity

30GB per month for two months from mid-May to mid-July 2020 is up for grabs in a ground-breaking partnership between the university and MTN. Read more

It's all systems go for Unisa's online examinations

Harnessing its expertise and vast experience as a pioneer in ODeL, Unisa is enabling its students to proceed with the 2020 academic year by means of alternative assessment formats in May/June, including online examinations. Read more

Covid-19 compels the higher education sector to take a quantum leap into the realm of 4IR

Unisa's Prof Mandla Makhanya says it will not be easy, but he is convinced that full entry into the digital space has now become an unstoppable juggernaut. "Ours is to embrace the Fourth Industrial Revolution fully and proceed full speed." Read more

Unisa VP honoured by ASSAf as an inspirational champion

Prof Veronica McKay, Acting Vice-Principal of Teaching, Learning, Community Engagement and Student Support, joins a group of equally illustrious peers who are featured in Legends of South African Science II, published by the Academy of Science of South Africa. Read more

Keeping e-tutors at the cutting-edge of ODeL trends

The story: Unisa launches a new programme to provide e-tutors and academics from other universities with the necessary skills for advancing student learning within an open, distance and e-learning context.

Why it matters: An open approach implies that the courses can serve a national priority in terms of assisting SA universities to transition to the online space, thereby critically repositioning Unisa as the leading ODeL institution. Read more

Driving the agenda of zero harm in mining and minerals sectors

Unisa and the MQA are on a discovery journey to engage stakeholders on health and safety issues in the Mining and Minerals Sector. "We need to look at where we are now and where we have been," says Prof Lindiwe Zungu, Executive Dean of the College of Graduate Studies. Read more

Dr Mantwa Lephoto selected for Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting

Although the 2020 gathering in Germany has had to be postponed owing to the coronavirus, the invitations for young scientists are valid for next year and interactive online activities are planned for this summer. Read more

Getting your research message across

The COVID-19 national lockdown has demonstrated the tremendous need of citizens for reliable, credible information. Platforms such as The Conversation are crucial in translating the results of research into something that is understandable and accessible. Read more