Campus News Bites 28 August 2017

South Campus Halaal Kiosk temporarily closed

UP’s Department of Facilities Management released a statement announcing that “due to unforeseen family circumstances, Mr Moosa’s South Campus Kiosk and the mobile kiosk in front of the Merensky Library, which sells Halaal food, will be closed until 13 September 2017”.

While a mobile unit will be made available on South Campus from 28 August 2017 to 13 September, no Halaal food will be available for sale during this time.

 

UP excels in June 2017 ITC results

The Economic Management Sciences Faculty’s students and staff, enrolled in departments specialising in Financial Sciences (Accounting, Auditing, Financial Management and Taxation) have recently received their results from the June 2017 Initial Test of Competence (ITC) of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.

This is the first qualifying examination that is written after the completion of an accredited Chartered Accountant (CA) programme.

This challenging professional exam which forms part of the pathway to qualifying as a CA, yielded the following results for UP:

•The highest cumulative pass rate in South Africa for the 2016 CTA cohort (after the completion of both the January and June 2017 ITCs), with a 98.5% pass rate.

•The highest pass rate in South Africa.

•The highest combined average mark for the four papers written during the June 2017 ITC.

 

UP hosts special lecture on the A-bomb and nuclear history

On 17 August, UP’s Centre for Japanese Studies hosted a special lecture, “The Atomic Bomb and Human Rights: Special lecture by a second-generation A-bomb survivor” by Mrs Tomoko Watanabe and Professor Anna-Mart van Wyk in the Plant Sciences Auditorium.

Watanabe, a second-generation Atomic bomb survivor from Hiroshima, founded ANT-Hiroshima in 1989 – a non-governmental organisation dedicated to building peace in the world by promoting Hiroshima’s message of peace and reconciliation. Her work includes educating on the realities the people of Hiroshima and Nagasaki experienced during and after the atomic bombings in order to promote awareness and nuclear disarmament for peace.

During the lecture, Prof. van Wyk, Head of the School of Social Science at Monash South Africa, gave a condensed history of the development of nuclear weaponry and its destructive powers, alongside international policy on nuclear technology and the modern nuclear arms count, while contextualising the presentation with the recent rise in tensions between the United States of America and North Korea.

Watanabe gave personal accounts of the bombings and the aftermath, emphasising the horrors of the devastation and the resilience of those who survived and rebuilt. Hiroshima’s history and reconstruction are an important aspect of her work and she has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation since 1998.

The special lecture concluded with a question-and-answer session fielded by Watanabe and Prof. van Wyk.

 

Compiled by Danica Charles and Rebecca Woodrow

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