UKZN and UNIZULU researchers discover proteins to fight parasitic disease
Dr Thandeka Khoza and Prof Khajamohiddin Syed collaborated on research of three new classes of detoxification proteins from a human pathogen that causes a serious gastrointestinal disease.
UKZN ranks 332 in latest Best Global Universities rankings
The university placed fourth out of 57 institutions in Africa and ranked number 61 out of 250 institutions for space science, based on research performance in the field.
UKZN staffer gets international grant for HIV study
Dr Sinaye Ngcapu, honorary lecturer at UKZN and scientist at the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in SA, was awarded the National Institutes of Health R01 grant.
UKZN academics create video on healthcare worker anxieties related to COVID-19
The video is the product of a collaboration between UKZN’s Department of Psychology, an adult education specialist and the Centre for Rural Health.
UKZN engineer among African space industry's Top 10 Under 30
Kai Broughton, a PhD candidate and propulsion engineer in the Aerospace Systems Research Group, has been named among the African space industry’s Top 10 Under 30 by the Space in Africa news agency.
Digital arts student shortlisted for Yogi Sip Young Creators Network competition
Zico Mthethwa is one of the artists who stands a chance to design Yogi Sip’s packaging for 2021 as well as a cash prize of R20 000.
UKZN academics serve on COVID-19 Ministerial Advisory Committee
Nine of the university's academics in the College of Health Sciences are guiding health minister, Dr Zweli Mkhize, and the National Health Department in their response to the virus.
UKZN boasts youngest SARChI Chair in inclusive cities
Lecturer in the School of Built Environment and Development Studies, Professor Hangwelani Magidimisha-Chipungu (35), became the first SARChI Chair in Inclusive Cities in South Africa.
Study reveals serious health consequences for those living near waste disposal sites
A group of international scientists collaborating on a study found that people residing close to waste disposal sites reported a number of chronic clinical conditions.
Academic voices: COVID-19 propels new digital era in South African higher education institutions
The 'new normal' might look nothing like the pre-COVID-19 crisis for South African higher education institutions.
Stroke survivor to graduate with Bachelor of Social Sciences degree
Despite being paralysed on the left side of her body, Nokubonga Sithole went on to complete her studies and will graduate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
FLAIR Fellowships a boost for three UKZN researchers
Dr Clinton Veale, Dr Jaclyn Mann and Dr Samuel Iwarere are among 30 early career researchers in Africa to receive support from the FLAIR programme.
A crisis within a crisis: Impacts of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security for smallholder farmers
The impacts of COVID-19 on food and nutrition security for smallholder farmers are substantial.
Excessive screen gazing may cause digital eye strain
Too much time staring at a screen can cause digital eye strain, previously known as computer vision syndrome, says UKZN lecturer in the Discipline of Optometry, Dr Alvin Munsamy.
Is absolute free speech a plague in the time of coronavirus?
Fox News presenters' failure to provide truthful coverage of the seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic could be considered as constituting "a clear and present danger" to its viewers, to Americans, and to people around the world.
Quantum computing master's graduate smashes academic silos
Qualified actuarial scientist Amira Mahomed Abbas has now graduated cum laude with an MSc in physics, specialising in quantum computing.
PhD examines use of human wastewater to grow horticultural crops
Dr Shirly Magwaza earned her PhD in Horticultural Science by evaluating the feasibility of using human excreta-derived materials as nutrient sources for hydroponic production of horticultural crops.
Summa Cum Laude graduate, current post-graduate student at UKZN, Romaana Muhammad, shares her tips on surviving lockdown as a student
Summa Cum Laude graduate and current post-graduate student at UKZN, Romaana Muhammad, shares her tips on surviving lockdown as a student.
CCMS part of coronavirus digital comic: 'Don't Panic'
PhD student in the School of Arts, Damien Tomaselli, together with some of the Centre for Communication, Media and Society staffers, are part of the digital comic.
UKZN COVID Researcher: Open data analysis in epidemiology helps control outbreaks
Pro Vice-Chancellor of Big Data and Informatics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Prof. Francesco Petruccione recently hosted a breakfast seminar titled "COVID-19 Genomics and Epidemiology".
The plight of final year medical students - navigating through COVID-19 nationwide lockdown
At UKZN, academics are uploading all material onto online platforms, but medical students are missing out on crucial practical learning.
UKZN commences early mid-term break as COVID-19 cases grow
In a bid to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus and protect its staff and students from the virus, the University of KwaZulu-Natal has begun an early mid-term break.
SA-UK collaboration to strengthen research capacity in KZN
A cross-continent collaborative project between the UK and SA has been awarded a R5 million grant from the British Council's Newton Fund.
Humanities academic translates Golden Melodies from Hindi cinema into isiZulu
Humanities academic Dr Gugulethu Mazibuko has launched her new book, 'Imizwilili' (Golden Melodies), which features 20 popular Hindi film songs translated into isiZulu.
KZN's top two matriculants make UKZN their university of choice
Aaron Naidu has registered for a BSc degree majoring in data science, while Shweta Harilal will be studying towards her MBChB (medicine).
UKZN pays tribute to Joseph Shabalala, Doctor of Music (honoris causa)
The university joins the global community in mourning the passing of legendary musician and founding member of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Dr Bhekizizwe Joseph Shabalala.
UKZN: A call for perspective on our issues and a request for creative engagement on the way forward
In addition to overcoming the deadlock between UKZN and students, a way must be found to reconcile the university's financial obligations and students' long-term needs.
Prestigious Wellcome Trust Award for UKZN's mental health champion
Dr Andr? J van Rensburg, a senior researcher in UKZN's Centre for Rural Health, received the Wellcome Trust Discretionary Award.
KZN teacher educators jet off to study at Columbia University
A group of academics were selected as participants of the programme focused on PhD completion, mobility, supervision capacity development and the generation of high-impact research.
Medical students present their innovative solution to a panel of international experts in Geneva
Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.
L'Or'eal-UNESCO for Women in Science grants for UKZN scientists
Dr Yogandree Ramsamy and Sinenhlanhla Sikhosana are among seven women to be awarded research grants from the L'Or?al-UNESCO for Women in Science South African National Programme.
UKZN students develop a taste for technology of 3D food printing
The Mechanical Engineering Open Day at the University of KwaZulu-Natal was held at the Unite School of Engineering Building, Howard College Campus.
UKZN neurosurgeon on a mission to treat movement disorders
The UKZN Discipline of Neurosurgery based in Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital once again leads with innovation in the field of neurosurgery in the province by developing its own "Functional Neurosurgery."
PhD graduate tackles strike participation at Transnet port terminals
A 67-year-old UKZN lecturer and retired HR practitioner, Dr Bongani Mkhize, has graduated with a PhD in Social Sciences for research that analysed strike participation at Transnet port terminals in KwaZulu-Natal.
UKZN confers honorary doctorate on former public protector
The honorary doctorate was awarded to Professor Thuli Madonsela in recognition of her tireless dedication to the South African Constitution.
Eminent scientist recognised for his research in breastfeeding
Child health expert and UKZN Emeritus Professor Hoosen Coovadia is ranked 10th on the Web site Expertscape's list of the world's top experts on breastfeeding.
Food gardens planted at Mtubatuba school for Mandela Day
UKZN alumni and Enactus members donated their time and seedlings, compost, etc to help the Mtubatuba community develop gardens at the school.
Embracing excellence is not an option; it's an imperative
For SA to thrive in a time of globalisation, digitisation and increased competition, excellence must be the cornerstone of all our socio-economic endeavours.
Durban International Film Festival award winners announced
The awards ceremony, held at the Elangeni Hotel, honoured filmmakers for being the nation's conscience and for uniting Africa through film.
Special award for Durban International Film Festival
The university won the MEC Special Award at this year's Simon "Mabhunu" Sabela Film and Television Awards at the Playhouse Theatre for its Durban International Film Festival.
UKZN Campus to Campus a celebration of a healthy lifestyle
University staff, students and alumni are reminded to take part in the UKZN Campus to Campus 10km race and 5km fun run on Sunday, July 28.
Social sciences academic receives C2 Rating from the National Research Foundation
Senior lecturer in Sociology at UKZN, Dr Kathryn Pillay, has been awarded a C2 Rating by the National Research Foundation.
UKZN graduate recognised among Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans
Dr Sphumelele Ndlovu, one of the Mail & Guardian's 200 Young South Africans for 2019, was recognised in the category of Science and Technology.
Linguistics expert at UKZN appointed vice-president of African Association for Lexicography
The director of UKZN's Language Planning and Development Office, Professor Langa Khumalo, has been appointed vice-president of the African Association for Lexicography.
UKZN humanities academic wins Ed Bruner Book Prize
Professor Sabine Marschall's book, Tourism and Memories of Home, explores journeys to former and imaginary homes for migrants, exiles, refugees and diaspora groups.
Conference validates contribution of traditional birth attendants
The conference enabled TBAs to share their skills, experience and work challenges, and to protect, promote and develop indigenous knowledge systems.
UKZN academic awarded two international fellowships
The first fellowship awarded to Dr Tivani Mashamba-Thompson will help fund her current research project; the second provides leadership training.
Multimillion-rand research award to UKZN's scientists for cutting-edge study
The R12.8 million grant will fund the implementation of a three-year multidisciplinary global health research study on first-episode psychosis.
Deputy minister of higher education, science and technology supports UKZN runners at Comrades Marathon
Deputy minister of higher education, science and technology Buti Manamela showed his support for Team UKZN in the lead-up to the marathon.
All things 'creepy crawly' at award-winning UKZN Royal Show stand
The UKZN College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science stand at the annual Royal Agricultural Show, in Pietermaritzburg, won a silver medallion.
UKZN student off to play in FIFA Women's World Cup in France
Midfielder Kholosa Biyana was chosen as part of the national women's soccer squad, Banyana Banyana, to represent SA in France next month.
Royal Geographical Society honours top UKZN scientist
Professor Frank Tanser was awarded the Royal Geographical Society Back Medal for HIV research that has shaped national health policies in developing countries.
WHO status for UKZN's Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Evidence Based Practice
The Centre for Pharmaceutical Policy and Evidence Based Practice will help to promote affordable access to effective medicines, diagnostics and other medical devices.
UKZN emeritus professor co-authors book on social work policy
'Social Welfare Policy in South Africa: From the Poor White Problem to a "Digitised Social Contract"' was co-authored by UKZN Emeritus Professor Fikile Mazibuko.
Higher education transforms the lives of Newcastle family
Banele Mgabi danced on stage at UKZN Westville campus as he was awarded a post-graduate diploma in finance, banking and investment management.
Honorary doctorate for high profile SA entrepreneur: Dr Judy Dlamini
Dr Judy Dlamini received an honorary doctorate in economics in recognition of her economic activism and role as an entrepreneur.
Like father, like son: engineering is in the genes
Tyrone Bright graduated from the UKZN's School of Engineering, following in the footsteps of his dad, dean and head of the School of Engineering, Professor Glen Bright.
Blind graduate provides new insights into seed recalcitrance
Dr Ashley Subbiah's study explored the physiological and evolutionary factors governing seed recalcitrance, along with valuable quantitative tools for seed conservation.
Female surgeons make inroads in male-dominated operating rooms
In a break with tradition, a recent procedure at Inkosi Albert Luthuli Central Hospital involved an all-woman team of cardiothoracic surgeons operating in the theatre.
PhD scholar studying in England thanks to prestigious fellowship
PhD candidate Refilwe Mofokeng is spending two months at the University of Birmingham working with UKZN alumnus Dr Holly Nel on the science surrounding microplastic pollution.
Academic spearheads Dolphin Coast Book and Film Club
Director of the theology and development programme in the School of Religion, Philosophy and Classics Dr Clint Le Bruyns is the brains behind the successful Dolphin Coast Book and Film Club.
Landmark Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Lead Author Meeting held in Durban
Over 250 authors and bureau members of the Working Group II of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change attended the organisation's first Lead Author Meeting in Durban.
UKZN sits pretty in yet another international university ranking
In the Times Higher Education Emerging Economies Rankings 2019, the UKZN secured 49th place in the list of 100 best universities in emerging economies.