Intervarsity News 16 October 2017

University of the Witwatersrand (Wits)

On 12 September Wits announced it is set to enhance and change teaching and learning methods by introducing a high-tech eZone, a physical learning space that uses sophisticated technology and advanced eLearning tools to deliver education that helps students to keep up with the times. The project, which has been named eFundaninathi (translation eLearn) is set to be introduced by an occupational therapist and PhD student, Paula Barnard. Barnard introduced a joint initiative that sought to combine the school of Therapeutic Sciences and the School of Education in order to ensure that students will keep up with the times and be on par with rapid technological advancement.

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Campus News Bites 16 October 2017

UP provides free entrepreneurship programme for future young entrepreneurs

UP is offering an online course that provides students with the necessary tools and information they need to start their own businesses.

The aim is to equip students so they do not struggle to find employment once they graduate. According to Statistics South Africa, South Africa had an unemployment rate of 27.7% in the first quarter of 2017, which is the highest figure since September 2003.

Entrepreneurship Professional Online Development (POD) will include three phases: #Start_UP, #Link_UP and #Grow_UP, which will provide successful candidates with all the tools, skills and aid they need to become entrepreneurs. During the phases, students work will be critically assessed by analysts and expert business managers.

All students can enrol for a free POD course on ClickUP.

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Dennis Ngango: UP’s rising social star


On 7 October UP student, Dennis Ngango, made it to the top three of the Samsung Social star competition, where finalists were granted an opportunity to travel to Mauritius. On 13 October, Ngango was announced as the winner. Competitors had to post a video of one minute or less, or a series of three pictures, on Instagram showing why they should be given an opportunity to join Jo-Ann Strauss and Masego “Maps” Maponyane alongside the Samsung team.

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Support for students as suicide rates rise


On 4 August a student at the Jasmyn residence attempted suicide. According to UP spokesperson, Rikus Delport, TuksRes alerted emergency services as soon as they became aware of the situation and the student was released into the care of her parents after receiving the necessary medical attention. Delport said, “The house mother and her team did everything in their control to ensure the student received the help she needed.” He further went on to say, “Counselling support was offered to the students involved and we encourage those who still feel the need it to make use of the University’s counselling services on campus.”

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#DESACares gives back to the female community


The staff members for the Department of Enrolment and Student Administration (DESA), together with the Sistagirl Foundation donated ‘dignity packs’ to underprivileged girls in schools. Dignity packs included essential, basic toiletries such as sanitary towels, deodorant, soap, facecloths, toothbrushes and toothpaste. 

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