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April Newsletter

In what has been another busy month at the Vaal University of Technology, students have finally begun to settle down into their routines and make real strides academically. In this month’s newsletter, we would like to draw attention to a range of themes with one common thread: how the malleable context of today can be [...]

By |April 12th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

How to Choose the Best Research Partners

Whether it be the quantity of the data or an extremely nuanced focus area, circumstance will often have it that assembling a team, as opposed to a solo effort, is the best course of action when conducting your postgraduate research.   However, assembling the optimal research team is no easy feat, with a poor decision [...]

By |April 10th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

VUT achieves 2nd Runner up at National Three Minute Thesis Competition

VUT is delighted to announce the second runner up Immaculate Linda Achieng’ Ouma from the Faculty of Applied and Computer Sciences. Her thesis title is: Preparation and characterization of manganese doped iron oxide magnetic nanoparticles coated pine cone powder and its applications in water treatment Her future plans are: Work as an academic to help [...]

By |April 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

South Africa’s First Climate Change Court Case: Verdict and Significance

South Africa's First Climate Change Court Case: Verdict and Significance On the 8th of March, 2017, South Africa bore witness to its first ever court case concerning climate change when Earthlife Africa (ELA) challenged the construction of a new coal-fuelled power station on the basis that the climate change impacts of the proposed power station [...]

By |March 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Areas of Study Where You’re Guaranteed a Job in the Future

5 Areas of Study Where You're Guaranteed a Job in the Future Schumpeter’s theory of creative destruction is more relevant today than ever before, with technology and a changing environment set to render a number of traditional careers redundant. However, although the destruction of the commercial viability of certain jobs is inevitable, other careers are [...]

By |March 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Reaching Out – Effective Citizenship in Action

Reaching Out - Effective Citizenship in Action As a student or academic researcher, it is often easy to focus only on the work at hand and ignore the world moving around you. However, every now and again a tragedy will occur that will bring one’s civic duty into stark focus. One such example arose out [...]

By |March 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Globalisation and Why is it Important?

What is Globalisation and Why is it Important? Globalisation is a pervasive phenomenon that has infiltrated nearly every facet of public life, from the educational curriculum to fast food chains, the effects of globalisation are inescapable. What is globalisation and why has it become so important? ‘Globalisation’ is a catchall term used to describe the [...]

By |March 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

5 Ways to Make Yourself Immediately Hireable

Although the skills and attributes required to land a job naturally differ depending on an individual’s preferred career, there are some general steps that every prospective employee can take to all but cement their spot in the job market. Cover Your Bases In the last decade, modern employers have hurtled full tilt into the digital [...]

By |February 17th, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Cost of Mobile Data in South Africa – A Hindrance or an Opportunity?

The cost of mobile data in South Africa has been the subject of much scrutiny of late, with movements such as #DataMustFall fiercely campaigning for a reduction in these fees. Currently, South Africa has the fourth most expensive data in Africa while it places second when compared to its developing world counterparts. In addition to [...]

By |January 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|0 Comments

What is Human Capacity Development and Why is it Important?

Human capacity development can be defined as the process of systematically upskilling individuals in order to benefit society as a whole. This is accomplished as, once a person has been trained and educated, they move out into their respective society and create economic, social and institutional value. In the context of South Africa, human capacity [...]

By |December 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments
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