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Stellenbosch University

Stellenbosch University will have its first female registrar from the start of 2017. In a statement issued on 13 July 2016 by the university, Dr Ronel Retief, who is currently the Deputy Registrar of the Tygerberg campus, will take over from Johann Aspeling, who retires at the end of this year. Dr Retief said that she is looking forward to the role of registrar and hopes to add value, both by giving informed advice about the determining factors in the higher education sector in South Africa and by promoting excellent, empathic academic administration that supports student success. The Vice-Chancellor of the university, Prof. Wim de Villiers, said that Dr Retief will have her work cut out for her, noting the fact that she will be taking up the position “at a decisive moment of the university”. “Her excellent academic record and extensive experience in a complex faculty where diversity has expanded a lot will stand her in good stead. We have the utmost confidence in her,” said Prof. De Villiers.

 

University of Witwatersrand

The Academic Citizen, a new podcast based at the University of Witwatersrand, was recently launched. The team is made up of host Mehita Iqani, who is an associate professor in the Media Department, and Balungile Mbenyane, an MA student of International Relations. The podcast is researched, scheduled, edited and produced by Mbenyane. The new podcast, which is funded by the Academic Staff Association of Wits University, aims to create a space for debate and discussion on issues about higher education in South Africa and beyond. The podcast explores a range of topics and opinions relating to higher education in South Africa. Each episode has a guest for an in-depth discussion of a particular issue relevant to university life, and also features commentary from students on the topic at hand. The podcast goes live on Wednesdays before midnight. Eleven episodes have been published so far.

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