Maths and Science community project turns Limpopo schools around
The quality of South Africa's maths and science education places it last out of 148 countries, according to a recent World Economic Forum report. In an attempt to address this problem and improve learner pass rates, the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) OR Tambo Chair in Mathematics, Science and Technology Education (MSTE) has once again placed six fourth year mathematics and science student mentors at rural schools in Limpopo and the Eastern Cape for the second semester of 2014.
Student researcher acknowledged at Science Awards
Department of Crop Sciences Doctoral degree student, Bevly Mampholo, was honoured as one of the finalists at the Department of Science and Technology (DST) South African Women in Science Awards 2014 held in Johannesburg on 15 August.
Exhibition showcases out of the box brand ideas
Staff and students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) will be able to view some of the best work produced in the brand communication industry when the annual Loeries Travelling Exhibition makes a pit stop at the University this week. The exhibition showcases campaigns that were awarded prestigious Loerie Awards for incorporating out of the box ideas in a variety of media.
TUT wins award at annual Sasol Techno X
The Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) has once again off with an excellence award during the 2014 leg of the annual Sasol Techno X Science, Maths and Technology Exhibition held at the Sasol’s Chem City Eco Industrial Park at Sasolburg, Free State from 11 to 15 August.
Tissue engineering, the answer to organ shortages
With organ donation in the spotlight during August, the reality of the increasing demand for organs, and shortage of suitable organs has to be faced and addressed. According to Dr Shirley Motaung, expert in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Biomedical Sciences, tissue engineering provides a solution to this problem.
Winter shoe project brings smiles to little faces
More than 40 less privileged primary school children will be warmly dressed this winter; thanks to an initiative by the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Directorate of Student Governance and Leadership Development (SGLD), in collaboration with the Soshanguve Local Student Representative Council (LSRC), who donated school shoes to learners at primary schools in the area.
TUT Aerobics team represents Gauteng at national championships
The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Ga-Rankuwa based Aerobics team will represent the Gauteng Province at the South African Sport Aerobic Fitness Federation’s (SASAFF) National Championships to be held in Cape Town from 26 to 29 June 2014. The team will participate in the Aerofit, Step-Hip-Hop and Fitness Challenge categories. The National Championships hosted by SASAFF is the only Championships for Fitness Aerobics & Hip Hop in South Africa.
Renowned academic conducts Skype workshop for Architecture students
Professor Mauricio Cardenas Laverde, a renowned Italian academic who specialises in the use of bamboo in structural and general building, presented a two-day Skype workshop to students at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Architecture early in June. The lecture was accompanied by an exhibition of contemporary Italian architecture for all students from level one to four.
Gold for TUT’s 10-year commemorative calendar
The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Directorate of Corporate Affairs and Marketing (CA&M) has received the highest accolade in the global business communication environment after bagging an international award for a commemorative calendar it produced to celebrate the University’s tenth anniversary.
TUT helps young girl regain her sight
Two years ago, the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Centre for Tissue Engineering (CTE) at the Faculty of Science answered the call for funds by the Caring Daisies at the Centurion Business Chamber to pay for an imported cornea, and transplant, for a young grade 10 Pretoria girl.
Arts Dean to select top Nigerian literature prize winner
Prof Mzo Sirayi, Executive Dean of the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Faculty of the Arts, has been appointed as an international consultant to the Advisory Board for the 2014 Nigeria prize for Literature, focussing on drama.
TUT lecturer off to triathlon world championships
Despite being inexperienced and having broken his arm just six weeks before the national championships at the end of March in East London, Kyle Coulson (24), a junior lecturer in Architecture, Design and Presentation at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, has qualified to participate in the World Championships in Edmonton, Canada on 27 August.
Science trio tackle Kilimanjaro for childhood cancer
It is less than forty days before three staff members from the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Faculty of Science will tackle Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of, and funds for childhood cancer, specifically the early detection thereof.
9 to 5: The Musical makes SA premiere in Breytie
Students of the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) will showcase their triple threat talent (the ability to sing, dance and act) when it stages 9 to 5: The Musical in the Breytenbach Theatre in Pretoria, in June.
SA learners’ drive impresses Dutch students
South Africa came out top of the list when a group of fourteen Dutch Education students had to choose one of several countries to visit, to add an international perspective to their studies.
New professor joins Arts Faculty
The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Faculty of the Arts has strengthened its academic staff compliment with the appointment of Prof Kennedy Chinyowa. The former Associate Professor and Head of the Dramatic Arts Division at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), started working at TUT as a Professor at the Department of Drama and Film (Drama) at the beginning of the month.
China trip broadens MBA students’ exposure
A group of 16 MBA students left for China on Friday, 18 April, on an International Financing academic tour – a first for the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Business School.
Faculty opens window on global work for students
Work-integrated learning and exposing students to global excellence is an approach strongly supported and executed by the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. Hence, the Department of Architecture launched an exhibition on the work of award winning Milan Architect, Mauricio Cardenas Laverde, on Tuesday 15 April. The exhibition will run until 26 April.
Sod-turning kicks-off infrastructure development
Five new building projects that are set to redress the backlog of facilities and demands of the increasing number of students at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) were announced at a significant sod-turning ceremony at the Pretoria Campus recently. The ceremony was held to symbolise the handing over of the site and the commencement of construction of the new dedicated Research, Innovation and SMS building.
Research reveals toxic risks of herbal remedies
Did you know that more than 80 % of South Africans use herbal remedies for their primary health-care needs? This is one of the interesting facts Salmon Adebayo, a Doctoral Degree candidate at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Biomedical Sciences revealed in a presentation about his research work at the annual Society of Toxicology meeting which was held in the United States late in March.
Tshwane FM shines at MTN Radio Awards
Saturday night, 13 April, was a big night for TUT radio station, Tshwane FM! It scored twice at the annual MTN Radio Awards, winning awards for “Best Campus Afternoon Drive Show” and “Best Campus Night-time Show.”
Book explores dark side of leadership
The Dark Side of Leadership, a new book based on 20 years of observations by Dr Tessie Herbst, a Psychologist at the department of Human Resource Development, explores the role of leadership and management in workplace performance from a different perspective. The book focuses on the dark side of leadership and provides a psycho-spiritual approach toward understanding personality disorders and leader derailment. It explores an area that was not studied by researchers to date – the significant relationship between the psychological and spiritual domains in shaping the dark side of leadership. The book has just been published with AuthorHouse in the UK.
Extended programme opens doors for architecture students
It’s hard to believe that Sieg Schmidt, Head of the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Architecture, was not selected to study architecture the first time he applied at the University of Pretoria (UP) many years ago. Especially, when the following five years saw him as one of the most successful students in the course – he was eventually named the best final-year student and was one of only five of the originally selected group of 48 to complete the course.
Dell Computer SA invests in TUT students
The Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Advancement Office and Partnerships (AOP) secured comprehensive bursaries for two students in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) who excelled academically in the foundation programme from Dell Computer Pty (Ltd) South Africa.
Tsotetsi KL’s pink collection impresses
Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) Alumnus and part-time Fashion Design Lecturer, Khothatso Tsotetsi (25) was one of the designers who showcased his pink collection at the recent Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at the Sandton Convention Centre. The event is one of the biggest fashion events in the fashion arena and it has allowed him to work with some of Africa’s top models.
e-Learning to improve future nurses’ throughput rates
In what is considered to be a ground-breaking initiative at TUT, students at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Adelaide Tambo School of Nursing Science will in future use e-books as part of their studies to improve throughput rates. A total of fifty three of this year’s first-year intake have already received laptops on which e-books relating to their field of study will be downloaded.
TUT expert appointed to American Botanical Council
Prof Alvaro Viljoen, DST/NRF Chair in Phytomedicine at the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, has once again been recognised for his expertise; he has been appointed as an expert member of the American Botanical Council’s (ABC) Advisory Board. He is one of ten new members appointed to the ABC.
African partnership for African solutions
“We are quick to partner with Western Universities and neglect our African counterparts. Africa has the depth and breadth of knowledge; it is up to us to unearth it for the benefit of Africa’s growth.” These were the words of Engineer, Martin Nzomo, the Dean of the School of Engineering and Technology at the Kenyatta University in Kenya, during the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.
Fundraising successes in the spotlight
The Kresge Foundation’s first annual site evaluation visit to evaluate the successes achieved by the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Advancement Office and Partnerships (AOP) in 2013, took place on Monday, 3 March. The University became one of only four grantees among the 16 South African universities who competed for the sought-after Kresge Foundation multi-million rand grant to reinforce philanthropic support and advancement efforts last year.
Jan’s installation art recognised with top award
Celebrations are in order at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), in particular at the Faculty of the Arts, following Jan van der Merwe, a senior lecturer at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, winning the Visual Arts category at the annual KykNET Fiësta Awards. The awardsare generally considered as the Oscars of the Afrikaans theatre industry.