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Stellenbosch University to receive RMB ‘Think Bench’

By Liesel Koch | 27th Nov 2020

Article by Corporate Communication and Marketing Stellenbosch University (SU) will soon be home to an innovative 13-metre sculptural public artwork – the Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) THINK Bench, a contemporary functional piece designed to celebrate and encourage innovative and collaborative solutions.  The art installation is made possible by Mr GT Ferreira, an RMB Founder and…

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Teaching cannot live on technology alone

By Liesel Koch | 23rd Nov 2020

Article by Dr Karin Wolff (Teaching & Learning Advisor at the Faculty of Engineering at Stellenbosch University). This article is based on her presentation at the recent Central University of Technology Scholarship of Teaching & Learning Conference. In order for remote teaching to be successful during the pandemic, academics should be given all the cognitive, affective…

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Research that improves people’s lives gives her sense of purpose, says Dr Oyama Guwa

By Liesel Koch | 20th Nov 2020

“Stellenbosch University is one of the best universities in the country and I was fortunate that I could do my PhD there,” says Oyama Guwa, a December 2020 PhD graduate at Stellenbosch University. Originally from Mdantsane, East London, she is a biologist by training. “I did my PhD in Chemical Engineering, because a topic I was…

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Dr Jacqueline Kazmaier one of the most capable, creative and dedicated postgraduate students, says supervisor

By Liesel Koch | 20th Nov 2020

Three years after obtaining her BEng degree and the Chancellor’s Medal, the highest honour bestowed on a student by Stellenbosch University, Jacqueline Kazmaier will receive her PhD in December 2020. Prof Jan van Vuuren, her supervisor says: “Jacqueline was a truly exceptional doctoral student. Indeed, she was one of the most capable, creative and dedicated postgraduate…

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Continuous professional development the key, says Dr Imke de Kock

By Liesel Koch | 19th Nov 2020

“I was drawn to engineering because engineering is primarily focused on problem solving. If you are solving problems for a living, it means that you get to make an impact and contribute towards increasingly sustainable societies. This is something I value highly. And, I am fortunate to have the opportunity to develop impactful engineering solutions…

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“Industrial Engineering offers me the greatest range of opportunities” – Dr Ghiete van Zyl

By Liesel Koch | 19th Nov 2020

“When the time came to choose a degree, I didn’t have a clear idea of which career path I wanted to pursue. Every aptitude test said I should become a medical professional but that was the one profession I had eliminated early on (I struggle to look directly at a paper cut). The second recommendation…

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“Stellenbosch is the best place for my master’s in Engineering,” says graduate from Nigeria

By Liesel Koch | 19th Nov 2020

“I have always been fascinated and inquisitive about how machines work. Growing up, Mechanical Engineering was the only aspect of engineering that made sense to me, because the techniques are physical,” says Nurayn Tiamiyu, MEng graduate at the Faculty of Engineering. Mr Tiamiyu, a Nigerian citizen, explains why he selected Stellenbosch University for his postgraduate…

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Solomon Kalima encourages other students to contribute towards a better world

By Liesel Koch | 18th Nov 2020

“After working for 10 years as a water resources engineer for the Malawi Government, I realised that if I wanted to open more doors or progress in my career, a postgraduate degree was a necessity, because you are regarded as a specialist in your field of engineering if you have one. This provides a platform…

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“My master’s at Stellenbosch taught me more than I could have imagined,” says Tyron Jardine

By Liesel Koch | 18th Nov 2020

“I spent my whole life living in one place, so I figured it was time for me to gain some new experiences. Stellenbosch helped me place myself in an unfamiliar situation to try and better myself,” says Tyron Jardine who did an MEng in Mechatronic Engineering at Stellenbosch from 2019 to 2020. Mr Jardine comes…

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Engineering, Science and AgriSciences students victorious at SU’s FameLab heat

By Liesel Koch | 19th Oct 2020

Author: Dr Alec Basson (Corporate Communication & Marketing) ​​​Thabani Mtsi, a Master’s student in Civil Engineering at Stellenbosch University (SU), won the SU heat of the 2020 national FameLab science communication and public speaking competition. The virtual event took place on 14 October. Kaylan Reddy, a Master’s student in Botany and Zoology, and Zimbili Sibiya, a doctoral…

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