The African continent can gear up to witness one of the greatest events in science. For the first time since 9 May 2016, Africans will be able to watch Mercury transit the Sun on Monday, 11 November at 14:35 Central Africa Time (CAT).
Get your telescopes ready to witness a rare event when Mercury transits the Sun on this afternoon.
The Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) will host a viewing event which will short talk on this astronomical phenomenon.” The transit will be observable from anywhere in Africa by projecting the image of the Sun through a small telescope”
Ensuring compatibility of higher education qualifications in the 4IR era
In an era where the standard between basic education systems and higher education and training systems are worlds apart. With 30% being good enough to get you a National Senior Certificate, while standards at a tertiary level requires 80%.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, introduces technological advances which are bound to have an impact on every institution within the country.
At the University South Africa’s recent national higher education conference session titled Imagining the exponential and entrepreneurial university of the 21st century, 4IR was at the center of discussions with Prof Bavesh Kana asking “We have all this technological advancement but we still have a lot of human suffering.”
“Is the technology where it needs to be?” he asked.
Taking that the unemployment rate is at its highest reaching an all time high of 58.20 percent in the third quarter of 2019. With a lot of graduates still unemployed.
With the 4IR and looking at our current education system one can not help but ask, How can graduates use their acquired qualifications to ensure that they compatible with the technological revolution?
With those already in school and those about to enter tertiary, what is done to ensure that the cycle of unemployment is broken, is the curriculum altered to accommodate the 4IR and are higher education institutions offering courses which are still of value enough to ensure security for graduates and lastly how are we preparing our institutions’ curriculum to be able to compete at a global scale.
Students hit the RUNWAY for the title of MR and MRS City Waldorf
From gracing the runway with talent to putting a cultural spin on glam. The ladies and gentlemen of City Waldorf took it to the Runway for the crown of MR and MRS City Waldorf.
Supporting entrepreneurship ventures of SA varsities
Entrepreneurship is growing within South Africa’s higher education spaces, from fresh ideas, innovations, to creative ventures set to contribute and stimulate the socio-economic growth in the region.
These ideas have been met by support from various industry experts, funding initiatives, and institutions transforming into innovative and entrepreneurial hubs that can spearhead socio-economic development.
This has been the culture around South African universities such as the University of the Western Cape (UWC),which in collaboration with WearSA, launched a retail clothing store – the first design and entrepreneurship incubator store of its kind in South Africa.
Recently we saw one of SA’s largest venture capital funds, the SA SME Fund, introducing students to entrepreneurial spaces, launching the first fund in Africa that commercialises ideas from tertiary institutions and gives access to funding and skills to CUT to promote entrepreneurs.
Today, we see the launch of the DUT retail leadership chair. This is a collaboration between the Durban University of Technology (DUT) and the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority (W&RSETA).
This initiative is also set to “serve as a critical conduit between industry and the university, in terms of constructive engagements, best practice in the industry both locally and internationally, in curriculum relevance and work integrated learning.”