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World is learning a hard lesson from the pandemic

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) invited Professor Mandla Makhanya, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Unisa and former ICDE President, to address a few key questions to set the scene for the regional sessions that take place on 25 November 2020. Read more

Unisa Convocation elects Council representative

Alumnus Mothupi Modiba clinched the vote by an overwhelming majority at the meeting held on Saturday. Addressing convocants, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Professor Mandla Makhanya emphasised that work is being done to ensure the university’s sustainability and relevance. “Moving fully online is being attended to as the institutional priority,” he affirmed. Read more

Recognising woman chief for advocating gender justice

“As I receive the honorary Doctor of Laws this evening, I do so in full recognition of the transformative route that this university stands for. I do so on behalf of the courageous women of our great country…without whose total liberation, our nation will be functioning at half capacity.” Hosi Lwandlamuni Nwamitwa II, in her acceptance speech at Unisa Read more

African warrior honoured

It was a 90th birthday to remember for the brave anti-colonial and anti-racism activist, Dr Motsoko Pheko, when Unisa conferred an honorary doctorate in law on him at a special graduation ceremony. Read more

What by-elections in South Africa say

Local government elections have demonstrated that, despite the Covid-19 pandemic disruptions, the democratic basics are healthy. The opposition is becoming more diverse and fluid—and the possibility of coalition governments at local level is increasing, writes Unisa’s Professor Dirk Kotzé in The Conversation. Read more

A class act for Unisa School of Engineering

The new configuration of the departments in the SoE will align it with global trends in engineering education and research and ready it for the growth in enrolment projected by the 2020 Engineering PQM, which uniquely includes advanced diplomas that offer an articulation pathway for students holding the National Diploma. Read more

King of Mbhaqanga celebrated at another level

It was a night filled with joy, praise, and commemoration as Unisa conferred an honorary doctorate in philosophy on remaining Soul Brother ‘Black Moses’ Ngwenya. “This recognition is an urgent call for intellectuals and scholars to begin exploring this rich area of research Read more

Education is your future

His Majesty King Goodwill Zwelithini hosted a career exhibition at Enyokeni Palace at which Unisa KZN featured. “ Technology will equip us to develop our knowledge and infrastructure. We need engineers to build good infrastructure and grow our economy. You need to uplift the economy that was affected by lockdown.,” was the impassioned call from the monarch. Read more

Visionary singer sees disability as a tool for self-reinvention

Unisa conferred an honorary doctorate of philosophy on Steve Kekana in recognition of his immense contribution to music and the personal crusade he undertook to challenge the narrative wrongly associated with being visually impaired. The university recognises the combined value of his stardom and impact on society Read more