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Duchess of Sussex announces three new gender grants for three SA universities

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With gender inequality still an ongoing issue within universities. On Tuesday her Royal Highness, met with students and academics to discuss the challenges female students are still facing today in terms of access to higher education. Emphasising the importance of gender equality in education.

The duchess took part in a round-table discussion with the Association of Commonwealth (ACU).

As a patron of the ACU, during her engagement with academics and students, Meghan explained how ensuring women receive equal education can benefit society.

The duchess also took time to announce three new Gender Grants, with the recipients being the University of Johannesburg, Stellenbosch and the Western Cape.

The grants aim to help with funding initiatives at the universities which promote gender equality in education and support female members of staff.



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SKA innovations connecting the African continent

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The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) has been working on advancing radio astronomy programmes and combining efforts to grow astronomy on the continent.

On Monday the DSI were hosts to the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) and (AVN) partners from Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zambia to look into providing strategic leadership on matters relating to SKA/AVN projects, as well as other relevant radio astronomy initiatives.

Innovations have been introduced to the science world across all nine African partners leading to significant advances in human capacity development initiatives, the strengthening of relevant institutional capacities, the formulation of new academic programmes around physics and astronomy, the roll-out of high-performance computing capability and big data training interventions and science engagement and outreach.

In order to ensure development for Africa  through radio astronomy, the department proposes that is continues to engage with the United kingdom taking the case they have in terms of strengthening the programme into a sustainable programme, skills and capacity through astronomy.

“Partner countries were unanimous in their appreciation of the partnership opportunities made available under the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund cooperation framework, which had resulted in initiatives such as the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) and DARA big data training programmes. Since 2013, 123 students have received training under the DARA Project.”

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A visit to South Africa’s greatest science grounds

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The department of Science and Innovation took on day two with a visit to the SARAO Losberg Site in the Northern Cape.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

Delegates, partners, the media and the Premier of the Northern Cape Dr Zamani Saul were taken through to experience the greatest innovations Northern Cape province has to offer within the science industry.

The SKA projects have brought forth opportunities for the province, creating employment, developing townships and contributing towards higher education.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

Also marking the contribution made within the African continent is the United Kingdom-South Africa Newton Fund cooperation framework.This brought about initiatives such as the Development in Africa with Radio Astronomy (DARA) and DARA big data training programmes.

123 students have received training under the DARA Project, since the year 2013.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

DARA, the South African Radio Astronomy Observatory (SARAO) together with South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), will be working with its African partners to develop long-term sustainable plans that would include interventions such as internships and employment for trainees and graduating students.

during the African Ministers meeting held at the SARAO Losberg Site, Northern Cape , SOUTH AFRICA.

For more info read the following media statement:

Joint media statement on the outcomes of the 6th SKA Africa Partner Countries MeetingSenior officials and experts…

Posted by Department of Science and Innovation on Tuesday, 15 October 2019

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TUKS students put mental health on the forefront

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October, mental health awareness month. For students at the Univeristy of Pretoria this also serves as an opportunity to deal with issues of mental health by putting them at the forefront and raising awareness.

Students are taking a stand and this month are looking to step forward as advocates for change. An hour-long silent march will be held at the university tomorrow across the main campus, ” led by the Psyche Society collaborating with the Student Representative Council, drama department and Fly@UP to mark international Mental Health Awareness”.

Students also urge the public to join in the march, under the theme ” Suicide prevention”.

A mental health seminar will also held where psychological experts will tap into teaching students on how tackle mental health-related matters.

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