In yet another major step forward in Unisa's quest to reclaim Africa's intellectual futures through internationalisation and partnerships, the institution has entered into an agreement with the University of Bristol to collaborate in a number of fields, most notably the health sciences.
Speaking at the 13th Percy Qoboza Memorial Lecture hosted by the National Press Club, in partnership with Unisa and the Qoboza family, keynote speaker Sandile Memela, a seasoned journalist and communication expert, affirmed that Percy Qoboza was an enemy of the apartheid regime as he was unapologetically vocal and upheld moral journalism.
Affirming Unisa's stature as a centre of excellence on the global stage, Stanford University in the United States and Elsevier, a Dutch academic publishing company, recently listed various Unisa academics among the world's top 2%% of scientists in 2023 for career-long and 2022-year impact in their respective fields.
Spearheading this significant collaboration initiative, Prof Puleng LenkaBula will facilitate the exchange of ideas and resources between academia and industry, with a focus on the transformative potential of education within society.
The Unisa KwaZulu-Natal Region hosted the inaugural Simiso Nkwanyana Memorial Lecture on 9 October 2023. The event aimed to remember and honour the life and times of Nkwanyana, a former Unisa student leader and the KZN Provincial Secretary of the South African Communist Party.
Featured in CEO World Magazine, Professor Moeketsi Letseka, incumbent of the UNESCO Chair on ODL at Unisa, is described by a peer as having a powerful vision to galvanise the university’s research capacity by leveraging upon research and development and increasing the horizons of open distance learning advocacy.
Through the Directorate of Innovation, Technology Transfer and Commercialisation, Unisa participated in the first Forum on Technology Transfer, Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Commercialisation Resource Network for Africa from 26 to 27 September in Nairobi, Kenya.
"I am deeply honoured to have received the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research and am grateful for the recognition of my research work in the broad field of information science," says Prof Omwoyo Bosire Onyancha in humility.
In the age of generative artificial intelligence, the pressure is on universities to ensure their graduates are critical thinkers who know how to distinguish between fake facts and the truth. This was one of the key points made during a panel discussion on ChatGPT at Unisa's 2023 ODeL Conference.
Speaking at the 2023 International Open and Distance eLearning Conference, Prof Romeela Mohee, Higher Education Commissioner of Mauritius, reiterated the importance of flexible learning that is accessible to everyone, and further acknowledged that the Covid-19 pandemic has been an accelerator of online learning.
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