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Campus News Bites 8 May 2017

Free Online Entrepreneurship Programme at UP

The University of Pretoria and Enterprises UP (training and research partner at UP) has initiated a free online Entrepreneurship Programme, which is a Professional Online Development short course that forms part of a ready-for-work initiative. Students can enrol online for the short course that teaches skills such as how to convert a business idea into a business model, build a business plan and source funding, all at the chosen pace of the student. Through this initiative, UP and Enterprises UP are taking steps to equip students with empowering and life-enhancing skills to successfully move from an academic setting to the work domain by applying essential and specialised skills to improve all students and graduates’ prospects for employability. More info is available at http://www.enterprises.up.ac.za/


Tuks Camerata CD nominated for SAMAs

Tuks Camerata has announced that their CD, Love + War, has been nominated for best classical and/or instrumental album for the South African Music Awards.

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Quintine Mkhondo: a prodigy


Whiz kid, Quintine Mkhondo, graduated at 19 years old with a degree in Actuarial Science and Financial Mathematics during one of UP’s recent autumn graduation ceremonies.

This extraordinary feat, which was set in motion when he became a first-year student at the age of 15, has garnered him immense media attention which he says he never expected. He admitted that he found the attention overwhelming, as he felt that it brought about scrutiny. “I am glad that I didn’t get that attention when I first started out,” he said, as it afforded him the opportunity to focus on his studies.

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UP&Out break the silence


On 26 March, UP&Out held a silent march with the aim of amending the current UP code of conduct. Starting off with a smaller crowd at Oom Gert's on UP’s Hatfield campus, the march quickly picked up pace and participation.

At the end of the march, the marchers were met by Professor Niek Grové, the UP Registrar, in front of the Huis-en-Haard Building next to Oom Gert’s. Monique Hlatshwayo, chairperson of UP&Out, handed over a memorandum to Grové in which the society expressed its concerns.

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Fly@UP: the Finish Line is Yours


FLY@UP is a holistically-driven UP initiative encouraging students to keep up with their studies and graduate in the minimum prescribed time.

The initiative, started in 2016, is called “FLY”, which stands for “the Finish Line is Yours”. According to the UP website, it is beneficial for students to finish their degrees in the minimum prescribed time, as this saves money and time in the commencement of work or higher degrees. According to project co-ordinator Hestie Byles, the FLY@ UP programme revolves around three core messages to students: choosing modules carefully, managing time and working consistently, and aiming for a good semester mark.

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UP PhD graduate’s abstract read out in Sepedi

UP’s Gordon Institute of Business Science (GIBS) held its graduation ceremony on 30 March, during which Dr. Anastacia Mamabolo, a PhD graduate, had her abstract read out in her mother tongue – Sepedi. This is a first for UP and GIBS, whose academia has largely centred around Afrikaans and English. 

According to UP’s website, Dr. Mamabolo’s PHD thesis “investigated the human capital investments and skills specific to the different entrepreneurship phases, namely the nascent, new business and established phases”. The newly-conferred doctor is described as “an advocate for hard work and achievement” by Nicola Kleyn, the GIBS dean. “Anastacia is a role model for her contemporaries and for up-and-coming women in academia,” she added.

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