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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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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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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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UP 2017 Autumn Graduations hold unique milestones

This year over 13 000 students will receive their degrees at UP’s Autumn graduation ceremonies. UP’s largest ever group of postgraduate black women graduates (1 453) are included in this number, representing almost a third of all postgraduate degrees to be conferred this graduation season. In total, 186 doctorates, 1 376 masters degrees and 2 816 honours degrees will be conferred. 

UP Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Prof. Cheryl de la Rey congratulated the graduates. Prof. de la Rey said, “Achieving an academic degree does not come easy. It requires persistence, dedication and hard work. Our graduates can be justifiably proud of reaching this milestone.”
According to UP spokesperson, Candice Jooste, among the group of graduates is 19 year-old Quintine Mkhondo, who graduates with a degree in Actuarial Sciences and Financial Mathematics. Mkhondo has studied at UP for the past four years after initially enrolling at the age of 15. Jooste adds that two honorary degrees will also be conferred on Dr Jean Clandinin, professor and founding director of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta, and Prof. Dr. Jürgen Moltmann, an emeritus professor of Theology at Tübingen University in Germany, for their contributions in their respective fields. 


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