A warm welcome and a fond farewell to the semester abroad students at Rhodes University

While over 10% of the registered full-time student body comes from beyond the borders of South Africa, mainly from the SADC region, Rhodes University has shorter-term international students on campus, as part of credit-bearing semester abroad programmes, throughout the academic year.

Rhodes University Educational Sociologist Dr Dylan McGarry to present new collaborative short film at United Nations World Ocean Week

Acclaimed South African Theatre Collective, Empatheatre, which was established as part of Dr Dylan McGarry’s postdoctoral research, will present its new short film "Indlela Yokuphila: The Soul's Journey" at United Nations World Ocean Week in New York on 07 June 2023.

Rhodes University welcomes 62 interns as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative

Rhodes University Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, welcomed 62 graduates to campus last week as they joined the University as part of the Presidential Youth Employment Initiative (PYEI) programme.

Rhodes University basketball team crowned Provincial champions

Rhodes University’s basketball team, the Titans have emerged with unparalleled might and immeasurable strength to claim the title as the Eastern Cape's Basketball Champions once again.

Rhodes University academic inducted into newly-established international information environment panel

Lecturer in Rhodes University's School of Journalism & Media Studies, Dr Chikezie Uzuegbunam, has been selected among other international research scientists to join the IPIE, the International Panel on the Information Environment.

Rhodes University mourns the sudden passing of respected, award-winning alumnus, Eusebius McKaiser

The Rhodes University community, its alumni network in its expanse - far-flung all over the globe - students, and employees of the University are in deep mourning over the passing of the respected alumnus, Mr Eusebius McKaiser.

Twenty-seven 9/10ths programme beneficiaries graduate from Rhodes University

Twenty-seven (27) students who came through the 9/10ths programme were awarded different qualifications in the recent Rhodes University graduation ceremonies held earlier this year. The University regards this achievement as confirmation that the programme works incredibly well.

It’s important to rethink the purpose of university education – a philosopher of education explains why

Most philosophers of education or philosophically inclined scholars of education in the past century and a half would agree with the claim that, ideally, education should be the practice of freedom. That is, it ought to cultivate the ability to intelligently decide how we want to shape our lives. The aim of education should be to foster human autonomy.

Professor Justin Jonas receives top Rhodes University award for his contribution to Radio Astronomy

Professor Justin Jonas, Professor of Physics and Electronics at the Rhodes University Department of Physics and Electronics, gave a lecture following his bestowal of the inaugural esteemed Vice-Chancellor’s Distinguished Award (2020). In attendance were family and friends, students, and the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela.

Communities and universities working together to address local challenges

Community Engagement is not a new concept, as it has played a significant role in society over the years. However, its formalisation as a core function of universities is relatively recent. Community engagement helps universities to contribute to the socio-economic development of local communities.

Rhodes University hosts Language Resources Audit

Rhodes University hosted the first sector-wide Language Resources Audit conducted by the South African Centre for Digital Language Resources (SADiLAR) at the Continuing Education Centre this week.

Prof Sioux McKenna wins the 2022 Internationalisation Award

Recognising her exceptional leadership, dedication, and achievements in advancing internationalisation at Rhodes University, Professor Sioux McKenna, the Director of the Centre for Postgraduate Studies (CPGS), has been awarded the 2022 Internationalisation Award. Her tireless efforts have strengthened the institution's global presence and significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge and understanding on a worldwide scale.

The highs and lows of Community Based Participatory Research

On the second day of Rhodes University's Community Engagement Learning Symposium at the Amazwi South African Museum of Literature, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, Professor ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, encouraged attendees to engage in difficult and uncomfortable conversations. She argued that universities must make community engagement an integral part of academics and not simply "a contribution".

Working together to uplift the community

On the evening of 9 May 2023, Rhodes University’s Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic and Student Affairs, Professor ‘Mabokang Monnapula-Mapesela, introduced the 2022 Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Community Engagement award winners at Amazwi South African Museum of Literature in Makhanda. The winners’ lecture formed part of a three-day Community Engagement Learning Symposium hosted by Rhodes University.

Universities are responsible for the well-being of the communities in which they exist

On 09 May 2023, the Rhodes University Community Engagement division launched its Community Engagement (CE) Learning Symposium, which included speakers from all over the globe. This was the first of three days of discussions and workshops centred around highlighting, as per the official website, the "developmental and transformative roles of universities" in incorporating CE in their institutions to serve "as a platform to build community-university relationships for the mutual benefit of all those involved in CE, such as students, communities and academics".

Distinguished Professor Nyokong among exceptional scientists elected as Fellows of the Royal Society

Rhodes University’s Director of the Institute for Nanotechnology Innovation, Distinguished Professor Tebello Nyokong, has been selected as a Fellow of the Royal Society.

Rhodes University appoints retired Advocate Paterson SC as new Ombud

Rhodes University has appointed its alumnus and retired advocate, Torquil John Macleod Paterson SC, as the University’s new Ombud. He takes over from Advocate Les Roberts.

Rhodes University hosts IEASA Director’s Forum and IEASA’s first face-to-face Silver Jubilee celebration

Rhodes University’s International Office recently hosted the International Education Association of South Africa’s (IEASA) Director Forum, the advisory body of IEASA. It was the first face-to-face event of the year of IEASA’s silver jubilee.

GADRA graduate spotlight: GADRA’s support and patience see alumnus graduate from Rhodes University

The GADRA Matric School, alongside Rhodes University, celebrated the graduation of Junaid Denston, a former GADRA student, during the 2023 graduation season.

Rhodes University reflects on its contribution to the International Education Association of South Africa during silver jubilee

The International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA), the leading and only national organisation dedicated to higher education internationalisation in South Africa, is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2023.

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