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SU International’s role in African Higher Education strengthened International’s role in African Higher Education strengthened Corporate Communications DivisionStellenbosch University International's (SU International) long involvement with the African Higher Education sector is expanding further with the official launch of the Africa Centre for Scholarship (ACS) next week.<p>On 24 November, SU will not only launch the ACS but also celebrate African University Day, that took place on 12 November. Celebrations will include an African University Day dialogue with Prof Jonathan Jansen, distinguished professor in the Faculty of Education at SU, who will deliver a keynote address. Jansen is also the former vice-chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State. He will lead discussions about higher education and scholarship on the continent.</p><p>SU has been viewing African Higher Education as an important sector collaborating with the Association of African Universities (AAU) and African Universities in developing Higher Education in Africa.</p><p>The University's mission is to develop a framework for SU's African footprint beyond South African borders, inter alia by expanding scholarship development initiatives across the continent through the utilisation of existing, or the establishment of new, partnerships, has been a main strategic focus point, said Prof Hester Klopper, Vice-Rector: Strategy and Internationalisation.</p><p>African University Day has been celebrated by higher education institutions since 2005. The day puts African Higher Education in the spotlight, while it gives an opportunity to reflect on progress, challenges and opportunities faced by this sector.</p><p>SU's involvement with initiatives to promote African higher education:</p><p>• The<strong> ACS</strong> that will be formally launched next week was established with the purpose of increasing SU's academic footprint in Africa. Prof Sarah Howie was appointed as Director for ACS on 1 July 2017. The ACS houses the African Doctoral Academy (ADA), initiates the development of a curriculum for scholarship development interventions and oversees its delivery through the ADA and joint doctoral schools. New initiatives include establishing a research unit focusing on the Internationalisation of Higher Education and mechanisms for promoting African scholarship. More ICT based interventions will also be developed to present capacity building programmes for young students outside of South Africa.</p><ul><li>SU International's <strong>Centre for Collaboration in Africa (CCA)</strong> was established in 2016 to foster SU's African interests at an institutional level. 400+ registered active collaborative projects, in more than 42 African countries with more than 600 African collaborators explain the extent of the collaboration. The figure depicts the reported collaborative projects of SU staff with staff / universities / departments / research centres or organisations and individuals on the continent. The five countries with the most projects are: Kenya, Botswana, Uganda, Namibia and Nigeria with more than 300 projects between them.</li></ul><p>SU sustains institutional has 18 institutional bilateral partnerships and six departmental agreements with 24 higher education institutions (HEIs) in Africa. For students and staff, mobility grants provide access to exchange programmes with these institutions.</p><p>•            <strong>African Doctoral Academy (ADA)</strong></p><p>Since its establishment in 2009, the ADA has grown significantly and since 2012, 2 143 delegates have attended 141 workshops at the Summer and Winter Schools of whom 32% are from other African countries.</p><p>During the reporting period, the ADA presented two doctoral schools with 406 participants coming from a diverse disciplinary background with the largest groups being from AgriSciences (19%), Economic and Management Sciences (16%) and Arts and Social Sciences (29%):</p><p>ADA Summer School (January 2017): 218 participants with 16 presenters (including four presenters from KU Leuven as an extension of the preferential partnership between SU and KU Leuven).</p><p>ADA Winter School (July 2017): 188 participants with 18 presenters of whom 8 came from Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and the USA.</p><p>•            <strong>Africa Collaboration Grants (ACG)</strong></p><p>The Africa Collaboration Grants (ACG) provides seed funding for full-time SU staff to establish or strengthen academic collaboration with one or more partners based at institutions elsewhere on the continent. Since 2010, there have been 100+ African Collaboration Grants awarded.</p><p>•            <strong>SU Students from African Countries</strong></p><p>Currently 58% of international students at SU come from 42 African countries.  Of the more than 2 500 students from Africa, the five largest groups are from Namibia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, Zambia and Lesotho. It is evident that SU is an attractive destination for students from the rest of the continent, especially with regard to postgraduate studies.</p><p>•            <strong>African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA)</strong></p><p>ARUA was launched in 2015 with the purpose of boosting continental research capacities and the need to develop first-class Higher Education for postgraduate training to address complex economic, social and developmental problems. There are 16 partner universities on the continent in this alliance.  The partnering universities are:</p><p>ARUA Partner Universities:</p><p>1. University of Lagos, Nigeria</p><p>2. University of Ibadan, Nigeria</p><p>3. Obafemi Awolowo University lle-Ife, Nigeria</p><p>4. University of Ghana, Ghana</p><p>5. University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania</p><p>6. University of Nairobi, Kenya</p><p>7. University of Cape Town, South Africa</p><p>8. University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa</p><p>9. University of Rwanda</p><p>10. University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal</p><p>11. Makerere University, Uganda</p><p>12. University of Stellenbosch, South Africa</p><p>13. University of Pretoria, South Africa</p><p>14. Rhodes University, South Africa</p><p>15. University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa</p><p>16. Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia</p><p><strong>•</strong><strong>            </strong><strong>Bilateral and Multilateral African partnerships</strong></p><p>The multilateral African partnerships\networks that exist with their focus areas are:</p><p>1.       TRECCAfrica I and II</p><p>(EU Intra-ACP)   Climate Change, Agriculture, Science, Food Science, Engineering and Governance. There are 65 mobility flows from the TRECCA 1. SU is coordinating the consortium.</p><p>2.       SHARE</p><p>(EU Intra-ACP)   Fisheries, Aquaculture, Agro-meteorology, Risk Management, Agricultural and Rural Innovation, and Plant Breeding.</p><p>3.       PAFROID</p><p>(EU Intra-ACP)   Engineering, AgriSciences.</p><p>Predominantly a Francophone network.</p><p>4.       AFIMEGQ</p><p>(EU Intra-ACP)   Food Security, Public Health, Engineering, Environmental Science and Biotechnology.</p><p>5.       P4HPT</p><p>(EU Intra-ACP)   Health Sciences, Public Health, Nursing, Medical Microbiology, Pathology and Dental Surgery.</p><p>6.       PANGeA</p><p>(Hosted in Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences)        The PANGeA network strives to develop research capacity. Members participate in exchange schemes, workshops and training seminars alternating between the seven partner campuses, joint projects and PhD supervision in the arts, humanities and social sciences.</p><p>7.       PERIPERI-U</p><p>(Secretariat in RADAR)   Periperi-U is a partnership of African universities spanning across the continent and is committed to building local disaster risk reduction related capacity. This network of 11 African HEIs, offer short courses and degree programmes in seven languages, thereby reaching DRR students and practitioners.</p><p>8.       RUFORUM</p><p>(Secretariat in Uganda)  This consortium with a focus on Agricultural Sciences, consists of 66 African partner universities operating within 26 countries. It has a mandate to oversee graduate training and networks of specialisation in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), as well as to support the contribution and wellbeing of small scale farmers and economic development of countries throughout the sub-Saharan Africa region.</p><p>9.       AU/NEPAD SANWATCE</p><p>(Secretariat hosted by CCA within SU International)         The AU/NEPAD SANWATCE, a network of 11 partner institutions in Southern Africa and 5 in Western Africa, brings together institutions across Africa, who conduct high-end scientific research on water and related sectors, in order to achieve impact. It is mandated by the African Ministers of Water (AMCOW) and the African Ministers of Science and Technology (AMCOST) and is a member of the International Waters Network, with secretariat hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada.</p><p>​ </p><p><br></p>
Jonathan Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch University Jansen appointed at Stellenbosch UniversityCorporate Communications / Korporatiewe Kommunikasie<p>​​The public intellectual and former vice-chancellor of the University of the Free State, Prof Jonathan Jansen, has accepted a position at Stellenbosch University (SU).</p><p>Jansen (61), an A-rated scientist with the National Research Foundation, will take up the position of distinguished professor in the Faculty of Education, where he will be teaching and conducting research on school governance, management, leadership and policy. He will also serve as a mentor to postgraduate students. </p><p>Announcing the appointment, Prof Wim de Villiers, SU Rector and Vice-Chancellor, said the institution would greatly benefit from Jansen's expertise as foremost author, thought leader and education specialist. “Prof Jansen is arguably one of the leading pedagogues of our time, but also the proverbial voice in the wilderness, addressing not only the state of the nation, but – equally important – the state of education in our beloved country." </p><p>Prof Nico Koopman, Vice-Rector: Social Impact, Transformation and Personnel, added: “Prof Jansen is a scholar at heart. We are confident that his research expertise will have a meaningful social impact on all levels of the education system in South Africa."  </p><p>Equally pleased at the prospect of welcoming Prof Jansen to SU's Faculty of Education, Prof Yusef Waghid, acting dean of the Faculty, said: “Prof Jansen's appointment offers tremendous opportunities for colleagues to engage with him in deliberative, responsible and courageous conversations – dialogues relating to what a university is and ought to do. I am optimistic that Prof Jansen's intellectual voice and passion for education will have a positive impact on the scholarly work with which the Faculty is associated. This is another opportunity to enhance our quest for our quest for a meaningful and just schooling system" </p><p>Commented Jansen: “I am very excited about this opportunity to work at one of the best universities on the continent and with some of the leading educational researchers in the field. I do hope to make a small contribution with my colleagues to making research count in the transformation of schools and in preparing the next generation of scholars."</p><p>Jansen, a recipient of three honorary doctorates and a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, will take up the position at SU as from 1 November.​<br><br></p><p><strong>MORE ABOUT PROF JONATHAN JANSEN</strong></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Jonathan Jansen is a senior professor formerly associated with the University of the Free State, South Africa. Apart from having served as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University in 2016/17, he is also the president of both the South African Institute of Race Relations and the South African Academy of Science.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">He started his career as a biology teacher in the Cape after he had completed his science degree at the University of the Western Cape. He went on to obtain an MS degree from Cornell University and a PhD from Stanford. Jansen also holds honorary doctorates from the University of Edinburgh, the University of Vermont and Cleveland State University. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 2013, he was awarded the Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, as well as the University of California's Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy and human rights. The next year, he won the Nayef Al Rodhan Prize from the British Academy for the Social Sciences and Humanities<em> </em>for his book <em>Knowledge in the Blood</em> (published by Stanford University Press).  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">More recent publications by Jansen include <em>Leading for Change</em> (Routledge, 2016), <em>As by fire: the end of the South African university</em> (Tafelberg, 2017), <em>Interracial intimacies on campuses</em> (Bookstorm, 2017) and <em>Song for Sarah</em> (Bookstorm, 2017). Products of his pen to appear in 2018 include <em>Inequality in South African schools</em> (with Nic Spaull, published by Springer), <em>Politics of Curriculum</em> (as editor) and <em>Now that I know</em>, a book on South African families who were separated by the racial laws of the 1950s.<br></p><p><br></p>
Link between heart disease and mental health investigated between heart disease and mental health investigatedOlivia Rose-Innes<p><em>Link between heart disease and mental health investigated.</em></p><p>An ambitious multidisciplinary project is underway at Stellenbosch University to investigate the link between neuropsychiatric and cardiovascular illness. Previous international research has found that people with neuropsychiatric disorders tend to have shorter lifespans than the general population, and that they die most often from cardiovascular disease.</p><p>The "Shared Roots" Project, funded by a prestigious Flagship Project grant from the Medical Research Council, aims to better understand the causative factors for this pattern.</p><p>Prof Soraya Seedat, head of the Department of Psychiatry and Shared Roots' principal investigator, says: "There's a mistaken public perception that the mentally ill die primarily from unnatural causes – suicide, or from being involved in dangerous behaviour. It's often surprising even to medical practitioners outside the field of psychiatry that patients with severe mental illness have a significantly higher risk than healthy people of dying from common natural causes like heart disease."</p><p>"We know that genes and the environment (including the social environment) are contributing to the high level of co-occurrence with cardiovascular disease, but we're trying to find the more intricate links between these, and to think about the causative factors in a more integrated way," says Seedat.</p><p>Shared Roots involves collaboration among a large number of researchers with complementary interests, primarily from the Departments of Psychiatry, Neurology and Biomedical Sciences (Genetics), as well as Human Genetics on the Stellenbosch Campus. Brain imaging is an important element of the project, and this will be conducted by radiologists with the Cape Universities Brain Imaging Centre (CUBIC). Given the large amount of data being generated that will require processing, Shared Roots is also working closely with the South African National Bioinformatics Institute at the University of the Western Cape.</p><p>Three neuropsychiatric disorders have been chosen as the main foci of Shared Roots, both because of their importance in terms of high prevalence and disease burden in South Africa and globally, and because they accord with faculty research interests: schizophrenia; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); and Parkinson's disease.</p><p><a href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> to read the full article. </p><p>Photo: Profs Soraya Seedat and Jonathan Carr with Doctors Leigh van der Heuvel and Sian Hemmings.</p><p><em>This article appeared in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences' annual publication</em><em>. Visit </em><a href="/FMHSpublications" target="_blank"><em><span style="text-decoration:underline;"><font color="#0066cc"></font></span></em></a><em> to subscribe.</em></p><p> </p>
SU's Social Media policy and notice's Social Media policy and noticeCorporate Communications<p>​Important notice regarding the use of social media by Stellenbosch University students and staff Stellenbosch University (SU) recognises the importance of the internet and social media <em>(1)</em> in shaping public thinking about our University and our services, students, staff and stakeholders. SU also recognises the importance of our students and staff engaging in and helping to stimulate conversation through interaction in social media. Students and staff are encouraged to interact online about SU matters and developments in higher education. </p><p>However, it is important to understand that the use of social media as a communication channel is subject to existing SU policies and procedures, specifically the:</p><ul><li><a href="/english/Documents/2017_Everlytic/C4_SU_Disciplinary_Code_2016_09_26.pdf">Disciplinary Code for Students of Stellenbosch University </a>(applicable to students) <br></li><li><a href="/english/Documents/2017_Everlytic/Unfair_Discrimination_and_Harassment_ENG_2016.pdf">Policy on Unfair Discrimination and Harassment</a> (applicable to staff and students) <br></li><li><a href="/english/Documents/2017_Everlytic/ecp_december_eng.pdf">Electronic Communications Policy</a> (applicable to staff and students) <br></li></ul><p>All students and staff are responsible for their own compliance with these policies and should take the time to read and understand these. Behaviours such as misconduct, harassment and victimisation conducted online are addressed in these policies. Any form of online bullying, verbal abuse, defamation, slander and/or name-calling, among others, falls into the same category as face-to-face communication and written communication. Allegations of online misconduct, harassment and victimisation are regarded just as seriously as similar actions through traditional verbal and written communication. An aggrieved party may report such behaviour (e.g. misconduct, harassment or victimisation through any of the social media channels) to the Equality Unit, which may refer matters to Student Discipline (for students) or Human Resources (for staff) as necessary. The Equality Unit’s contact details are:</p><blockquote style="margin:0px 0px 0px 40px;border:none;padding:0px;"><ul><li>  <br></li><li>021 808-3136  <br></li><li>39 Victoria Street, Stellenbosch <br></li></ul></blockquote><p>The Corporate Communication Division is developing a comprehensive Social Media Policy but until the policy has been completed, the rules in existing policies and this notice will apply. </p><p>Issued by the Senior Director: Corporate Communication </p><p> <em>1 “Social media” is defined as any mobile or web-based application or service that allows the creation and exchange of user-generated content, such as a blog, wiki, social network and other interactive websites. Examples of social media platforms include, but are not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and news websites that allow the public to comment. </em></p>
Help us raise R99 999 in 99 days us raise R99 999 in 99 daysDevelopment & Alumni / Ontwikkeling & Alumni<p>​​Stellenbosch University (SU) is gearing up for its 100<sup>th</sup> birthday celebrations in 2018! And what better way to drum up some excitement around the upcoming centenary and add to our bursary coffers, than with a campaign to highlight everything worth celebrating about SU. </p><p>With that in mind, the Development and Alumni Relations Division (DAR), in collaboration with the Student Representative Council (SRC), launched the #SU99 campaign on Wednesday, 20 September. And even SA musician, Garth Taylor, was on hand to help with the lunchtime launch in the Neelsie when he performed a few of his songs. ​<br></p><p>This campaign will run for 99 days until the 27<sup>th</sup> of December and provides ample opportunity for staff members and current students to give their small change to make a change on campus and for alumni and friends of the University to add SU onto their Christmas gift list. </p><p>Says Marvin Koopman, Alumni Relations Co-ordinator: “We will place branded collection boxes on the Stellenbosch, Tygerberg and USB campuses for staff and students to donate their 99 cents (or more) with the aim of raising R99 999 in 99 days." <br></p><p>“#SU99 is also a way to show you just how easy it really is to give back and make a positive difference. From bursaries, to capacity building programmes, with your support this university can send skilled students out into the world, prepared to contribute to a brighter future." <br></p><p>According to Cheryl Benadie, Donor Relations Manager at DAR, the objective is to raise awareness of the upcoming centenary and the new Stellenbosch University Annual Fund. The money raised will go into the new Annual Fund. Money in this Fund could be directed towards worthy causes - in this case, bursaries for deserving students - at the discretion of the Rector, Prof Wim de Villiers.</p><p>Benadie says there is a perception that Stellenbosch University is a 'rich' institution and therefore does not need money. “The assumption that all Stellenbosch students are from affluent backgrounds is also incorrect. A recent analysis showed that 41% of our students last year were from the so-called missing middle, i.e. households with a combined income of R600 000 or less per annum.</p><p>“We therefore need to implement numerous fundraising initiatives to augment the finances needed to keep us on track to our vision and mission. By giving to Stellenbosch University, you are investing in an inclusive, innovative and future-focused institution, a place of discovery and excellence where staff and students are thought leaders in advancing knowledge in service of all stakeholders," she adds. </p><p>"I want to encourage all staff and students to dig deep and wherever you see the alumni-branded boxes, be sure to add a coin or two! And don't forget to use #SU99 on social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Instragram," concludes Koopman. <br></p><p><em>Photo: At the launch of the #SU99 campaign were Hazel Seseko (SRC representative), Cheryl Benadie (Donor Relations Manager), singer Garth Taylor, Kieran Maharaj (Maties Sport), and Shaun Stuart (Alumni Relations Manager).</em><br></p><p><br></p>
The role of the gut microbiome in posttraumatic stress disorder role of the gut microbiome in posttraumatic stress disorderFMHS Marketing & Communications / FGGW Bemarking & Kommunikasie<p>​The bacteria in your gut could hold clues to whether or not you will develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after experiencing a traumatic event.</p><p>PTSD is a serious psychiatric disorder that can develop after a person experiences a life-threatening trauma. However, not everyone exposed to a traumatic event will develop PTSD, and several factors influence an individual's susceptibility, including living conditions, childhood experiences and genetic makeup. Stellenbosch University researchers are now also adding gut bacteria to this list.</p><p>In recent years, scientists have become aware of the important role of microbes existing inside the human gastrointestinal tract, called the gut microbiome. These microbes perform important functions, such as metabolising food and medicine, and fighting infections. It is now believed that the gut microbiome also influences the brain and brain function by producing neurotransmitters/hormones, immune-regulating molecules and bacterial toxins. </p><p>In turn, stress and emotions can change the composition of the gut microbiome. Stress hormones can affect bacterial growth and compromise the integrity of the intestinal lining, which can result in bacteria and toxins entering the bloodstream. This can cause inflammation, which has been shown to play a role in several psychiatric disorders.</p><p>“Our study compared the gut microbiomes of individuals with PTSD to that of people who also experienced significant trauma, but did not develop PTSD (trauma-exposed controls). We identified a combination of three bacteria (Actinobacteria, Lentisphaerae and Verrucomicrobia) that were different in people with PTSD," explains the lead researcher, Dr Stefanie Malan-Muller. She is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.</p><p>Individuals with PTSD had significantly lower levels of this trio of bacteria compared to trauma-exposed control groups. Individuals who experienced trauma during their childhood also had lower levels of two of these bacteria (Actinobacteria and<em> </em>Verrucomicrobia). “What makes this finding interesting, is that individuals who experience childhood trauma are at higher risk of developing PTSD later in life, and these changes in the gut microbiome possibly occurred early in life in response to childhood trauma," says Malan-Muller. She collaborated with researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder on the study.</p><p>One of the known functions of these bacteria is immune system regulation, and researchers have noted increased levels of inflammation and altered immune regulation in individuals with PTSD. “Changes in immune regulation and increased inflammation also impact the brain, brain functioning and behaviour. Levels of inflammatory markers measured in individuals shortly after a traumatic event, was shown to predict later development of PTSD. </p><p>“We therefore hypothesise that the low levels of those three bacteria may have resulted in immune dysregulation and heightened levels of inflammation in individuals with PTSD, which may have contributed to their disease symptoms," explains Malan-Muller.</p><p>However, researchers are unable to determine whether this bacterial deficit contributed to PTSD susceptibility, or whether it occurred as a consequence of PTSD. </p><p>“It does, however, bring us one step closer to understanding the factors that might play a role in PTSD. Factors influencing susceptibility and resilience to developing PTSD are not yet fully understood, and identifying and understanding all these contributing factors could in future contribute to better treatments, especially since the microbiome can easily be altered with the use of prebiotics (non-digestible food substances), probiotics (live, beneficial microorganisms), and synbiotics (a combination of probiotics and prebiotics), or dietary interventions."</p><p>The research group is launching a large-scale, population based initiative to unravel the intricate connections between the gut microbiome and the brain, in collaboration with the South African Microbiome Initiative in Neuroscience (<a href=""><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a>). The study will focus on people that have been diagnosed with any kind of psychiatric disorder in comparison to healthy control groups. This study will identify more links between the gut microbiome and disorders that affect the brain.</p><p>The published manuscript can be accessed at <a href=""><span lang="EN-ZA" style="text-decoration:underline;"></span></a></p>
Transformation Office hosts conversations on Human Rights Office hosts conversations on Human Rights Corporate Marketing/ Korporatiewe Bemarking<p>The celebration of Human Rights Day is an important opportunity for South Africans to reflect on the critical significance of the Bill of Rights. One of these rights is the right to human dignity, which is affirmed as a founding value in Section 10 of the Constitution. </p><p>In her lecture titled "Human Rights – And Dignity for All?"<strong> </strong>Prof Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela expressed cautious optimism about the ability of the values of the Constitution to engage with the serious challenge of inequality. </p><p>"We need to do this in a way that supports the right to human dignity for the majority of South Africans."</p><p>Gobodo-Madikizela, holder of the Research Chair in Social Change and Transformation at Stellenbosch University (SU), delivered this lecture at one of the series of Transformation Talks hosted by the Transformation Office. </p><p>"We need a new paradigm to talk about the everyday existential assaults on the human dignity of marginalised South Africans. A useful step in this direction would be to redefine poverty as violence. Poverty is a violence against the dignity of many South Africans," Prof Gobodo-Madikizela said. </p><p>"Thinking in this way about the challenge of inequality and the poverty it breeds, it shines the spotlight on the real perpetrators of this violence – the political leaders who, over the last two decades, have done very little to alleviate it."</p><p>Drawing from studies of survivors of the Holocaust and their descendants, she explained how the pain of past violations of human rights is passed on to the post-apartheid generation. She said this could not be wished away with calls for people to "move on." </p><p>"Equally significant in the South African situation is this yawning void of emptiness in the lives of most South Africans, the grinding assault on people's human dignity and the feelings of shame and humiliation that this evokes." </p><p><a href="mailto:" style="text-decoration:underline;"><b>Prof Pumla Gobodo Madikizela</b></a> is the holder of the Research Chair in Social Change and Transformation. She also holds the SARChI Chair for Historical Trauma and Memory and a research fellowship at the University of the Free State. </p>
Three SU postgraduate researchers awarded prestigious fellowships SU postgraduate researchers awarded prestigious fellowships Corporate Marketing/Korporatiewe Bemarking<p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Three postgraduate researchers from Stellenbosch University were honoured with the L'Oréal-UNESCO Regional Fellowships For Women in Science (FWIS) in Sub-Saharan Africa, on Wednesday 29 September. The ceremony took place at </span><span style="text-align:justify;">The Venue Greenpark</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> in Johannesburg on Wednesdag night. Raquel Garcia, Penelope Dobrowsky and </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Bibi Nafiisah Chotun from SU</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> each received between 5 000 and 10 000 euros to continue their research projects.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dr Raquel Garcia's, from the Centre for Invasion Biology, project is titled <em>'Effects of plant invasions on native ectotherms under a warming climate'.</em></p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/7K3A9316.JPG" alt="7K3A9316.JPG" class="ms-rteImage-2 ms-rtePosition-1" style="margin:5px;width:520px;height:323px;" /><br></em></p><p>"I feel honoured to join all the incredible women who have been awarded L'Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science," Garcia said. "The fellowship will allow me to pursue the field component of my research relating to the effects of climate change and plant invasions on native reptiles. Together with Prof. Susana Clusella-Trullas, I will be tracking tortoises in the field to compare their activity patterns and thermo-regulatory behaviour in areas of pristine vegetation and in areas invaded by alien plants."</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Dobrowsky's project is entitled '<em>Legionella Species Persistence Mechanisms in Treated Harvested Rainwater' </em>and Chotun's is '<em>Hepatitis B virus-related liver cancer in South Africa: Investigations into the risk profile of a previously unscreened population from the Western Cape, South Africa'.</em> </p><p style="text-align:justify;"><em><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/7K3A9300.JPG" alt="7K3A9300.JPG" class="ms-rteImage-2 ms-rtePosition-2" style="margin:5px;width:524px;height:330px;" /><br></em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">"Our changing world has never been in greater need of women and their discoveries. With the For Women in Science programme, the L'Oréal Foundation is committed to promoting these women in science who will change the world. We are determined to fight for science and to build a more beautiful world together,"<em> </em>said Sandeep Rai, Managing Director, L'Oreal South Africa.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><span style="text-align:justify;">"This year applications were received from 26 Countries which is testament to the increasing awareness of the program and our commitment to advancing women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Fourteen female scientists in total from across Sub-Saharan Africa were honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field."</span><br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The L'Oréal Corporate Foundation started the For Women in Science partnership with UNESCO in 1998. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">The objective of the <em>Regional Fellowships</em> is to bring support to young women pursuing scientific careers in dozens of countries throughout the world where L'Oréal does not have a subsidiary.  The Sub-Saharan Africa Fellowship programme covers 49 countries.</p><p style="text-align:justify;"><img src="/english/PublishingImages/Lists/dualnews/My%20Items%20View/LOREAL%20PIC%20GROUP.png" alt="LOREAL PIC GROUP.png" class="ms-rteImage-2" style="margin:5px;width:860px;" /><br></p>
SU Convocation annual meeting Convocation annual meetingKommunikasie en Skakeling/ Communication and Liaison<p style="text-align:justify;">​​Members of the Convocation of Stellenbosch University (SU) and their companions are kindly invited to a meeting of the Convocation to be held at 19:00 on 7 November 2013, in the HB Thom Theatre, Victoria Street, Stellenbosch. (All SU graduates and full-time academic staff are members of the Convocation.)</p><p style="text-align:justify;">The agenda is available on the website of the Convocation at <a href="/english/management/Pages/Relevant-Documents.aspx">​</a> The guest speaker at the meeting is Prof Johann Groenewald, with the title of his address being - "<em>Strategic choices for the research university: Three cheers? Two? Or just one?" </em></p><p style="text-align:justify;">The members of the Convocation and their companions are cordially invited for refreshments in the foyer of the theatre after the meeting. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">If you wish to attend the meeting, please RSVP before 12:00 on Monday, 4 November 2013 (please give your name and the number of people attending) via email: or tel. 021 808 4977.</p><p>​</p>
Strengthening Nursing Education in Africa Nursing Education in AfricaMandi Barnard<p>Professional nurses play an integral role in health care, health care promotion and disease prevention in developing countries and a shortage of educated nurses can lead to serious problems in health care systems.</p><p>Nursing and midwifery are integral components of health care and the contributions of nurses in health care systems in Africa cannot be underestimated.</p><p>A project with the aim of strengthening nursing and midwifery in Africa through education was launched by the New Partnership for Africa's Development, Planning and Coordination Agency (NPCA), a technical body of the African Union (AU).  "The focus of the programme is to strengthen nursing in Africa by training nurses in countries up to Master's degree level," says Prof Anita van der Merwe, the Head of the Division of Nursing Science at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.</p><p>She explains that the reason for this is three fold:<br> •    To empower nurses to play a leadership role and thereby strengthen health care<br> •    To work with the student's countries to promote their own nursing education to postgraduate level<br> •    To support the quality of service delivery, hopefully to PhD level.</p><p>The project, called the NEPAD Project on Nursing and Midwifery Education in Africa, is essentially about collaborative human resources and capacity building in health care.</p><p>It is focused on the implementation of a Master's degree in Nursing and Midwifery to improve the level of competence in specific areas of nursing and health care to the betterment of care, especially in rural and socio-economically disadvantaged communities.</p><p>The programmes will be implemented in the Republic of Cameroon by the Stellenbosch University (SU), the Gabonese Republic by the University of the Western Cape (UWC) and in Congo-Brazzaville which will be working with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN).</p><p>The project is led by the UKZN as coordinating institution, by the SU as implementing institution and by Yaounde1 University (UY1) in Cameroon as Host Institution. "It is funded by NEPAD, but the participating countries make a huge financial contribution," says Van der Merwe.</p><p>Representatives from SU participated in a fact finding mission to the Republic of Cameroon in 2013.  "We considered the project to be aligned with the vision and mission of SU – being 'in Africa for Africa'," says Van der Merwe.  </p><p>Delegates from the Cameroon visited SU in 2015. The Cameroon Departments of Health, Foreign Affairs and Higher Education, together with UY1, are all involved with the project.</p><p>It is expected that, upon finalisation of the Memoranda of Understanding between UKZN and SU and SU and UY1, about 20 candidates will register with SU for the Master's programme for Nurses and/or Midwives.</p><p>Prospective students will first register for the one-year Postgraduate Diploma in Nursing Leadership and Management at SU, to prepare them for the requirements of Master's degree studies in South Africa. "We will also offer the same diploma to candidates from Gabon as per request from UWC to enable the Gabonese candidates to eventually register for a Master's programme at UWC," says Van der Merwe.</p><p>SU will provide the necessary educational material and support, inclusive of module material, on-site workshops, telematic broadcasting, supervision and modes of assessment enactment.  </p><p>"The current project involves Francophone countries and we are reaching out to them by having the course material translated into French," says Van der Merwe. "We will further endeavour to support the development of human capacity in the host university for them to eventually continue offering the Master's programme locally, as well as a collaborative relationship in terms of teaching and research."  <br> <br>This is the second outreach programme of its kind by NEPAD. The first programme was implemented in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by a consortium of Southern African universities, namely the universities of the Free State, KwaZulu Natal, Witwatersrand and Botswana. Van der Merwe was part of the outreach between the University of the Free State and the DRC.</p><p>Photo: Representatives from Cameroon during their recent visit to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, with their SU counterparts. Seated in front are Ms Kom Assumpta Ekie (épse Kechia), Prof Mzobz Mboya, Ms Julienne Nsoga and Prof Anita van der Merwe.  At the back are Prof Keymanthri Moodley, Dr Ronel Retief, Prof Pieter Hesseling, Ms Estelle Coustas, Ms Florence Africa, Mr Ibrahim Gourouza, Prof Charles Wiysonge and Prof Usuf Chikte.</p>