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What is Human Capacity Development and Why is it Important?

2019-02-04T14:13:32+00:00

  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 development is fundamentally important given the past social and economic injustices that served to systematically exclude vast swathes of the population from engaging in and contributing to society. This meant that millions of individuals [...]

What is Human Capacity Development and Why is it Important? 2019-02-04T14:13:32+00:00

How Humans Began Cooking

2018-04-23T14:44:50+00:00

  How Humans Began Cooking This is quite an interesting topic. Do you know that humans are the only animals that consistently cook their foods? This characteristic is inherent in every culture all over the world, from the most developed country in Scandinavia to the most primitive tribes deep in the Amazon rainforest. But when was this trend developed, and why have humans gone from eating raw produce to studying food and beverage management in universities like VUT? Let's take a look at food sciences and the evolution of food for humanity. When did we start cooking food? Scientists have [...]

How Humans Began Cooking 2018-04-23T14:44:50+00:00

The Ever-Changing Dynamics of the Doctoral Degree

2018-04-23T14:39:59+00:00

The Ever-Changing Dynamics of the Doctoral Degree The doctoral degree; for many of you reading this, it's the 'light at the end of the tunnel', an achievement that far outweighs the incredible stress and strain of having very little sleep, and even less of a social life. In a world that is increasingly starved of experienced and qualified talent, it is rewarding not only for you but for the larger society in general. However, the concept of the doctoral degree is gradually changing. Take a look. What Is Dead May Never Die  Please ignore the above Game of Thrones reference, [...]

The Ever-Changing Dynamics of the Doctoral Degree 2018-04-23T14:39:59+00:00

Why Sexual Abuse Is So Prevalent In Worldwide Universities

2018-04-23T14:35:54+00:00

Why Sexual Abuse Is So Prevalent In Worldwide Universities... Universities in South Africa suffer from an unusually high rate of sexual abuse and sexual assault. However, there is a global of trend regarding cases of sexual abuse within all universities. Students at the University of Saskatchewan in Canada decided that they would study sexual abuse within universities worldwide, and come to a conclusion as to why women are so often sexual victims on campuses. A Dangerous Combination  The study highlighted a few trends on campus; trends that they believe create the perfect environment for sexual predators. The first is a [...]

Why Sexual Abuse Is So Prevalent In Worldwide Universities 2018-04-23T14:35:54+00:00

Do Self-Driving Cars Have A Future In South Africa?

2018-04-23T14:36:16+00:00

Do Self-Driving Cars Have A Future In South Africa? The pessimists among us will likely say no, followed by a mumbling "taxi drivers would have a thing or two to say about that". But many amongst us are hopeful, positive even! Could you imagine self-driving cars zooming about Andries Potgieter Boulevard? According to the Automotive Future Now Report, a document outlining the study fielded by Innovation Group South Africa, self-driving cars most definitely have a place in the South African society. Here's a couple of reasons why: Africa is the globe's 'last market'. It's where small businesses can grow, and [...]

Do Self-Driving Cars Have A Future In South Africa? 2018-04-23T14:36:16+00:00

5 Ways To Make Friends In Uni!

2018-04-23T11:59:49+00:00

5 Ways To Make Friends In Uni! We thought we'd compile a short list of ways you can get in touch with some of the guys and gals around you in varsity. As a research faculty we've been around campuses enough to realise how isolated a student or researcher can feel when he/she is not socialising, and before you say 'hey, this has nothing to do with research and academics', think again. Depression and anxiety, exacerbated by student isolation, is one of the reasons why students flop, especially when a student is conducting postgraduate research. So instead of throwing on the [...]

5 Ways To Make Friends In Uni! 2018-04-23T11:59:49+00:00

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Dropping Out

2018-04-23T11:00:56+00:00

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Dropping Out We're well past the midyear point, and with the second-semester heating up a lot of students both undergrad and postgrad are feeling the pressure and stresses associated with their degrees. Whether the workload is too heavy, or you are struggling to grasp the concepts within a particular field of study, those of you that are struggling may begin to wonder whether dropping out of university is a possible solution. Before you do anything as rash as quitting your studies, take a look at these three questions you should ask yourself. 1) Have [...]

3 Questions To Ask Yourself Before Dropping Out 2018-04-23T11:00:56+00:00

Is There A Need For Venture Creation In Universities?

2018-04-23T12:05:06+00:00

Higher education graduates the world over are feeling the pinch once entering the job market after receiving their degrees. Often graduates find that their areas of expertise are somewhat too specialised, or impractical for real-world application. This is an undeniable problem that both universities, as well as academic communities, need to grasp. Is there a need for entrepreneurship courses or venture creation for young people in universities? And if so, how would organisations foster an academic programme to facilitate entrepreneurship? Adapting To Society's Needs  Entrepreneurship courses, or venture creation, are studies that are designed to assist and facilitate advancement toward a particular [...]

Is There A Need For Venture Creation In Universities? 2018-04-23T12:05:06+00:00

Flying Without Fuel: Solar Impulse

2018-04-17T12:50:00+00:00

Flying Without Fuel: Solar Impulse On the 2nd of August, 2016, a plane touched down at an airport in Abu Dhabi. The same plane last took off from this particular airport in March 2015. Since then it has been flying around the world, one stretch at a time. It doesn't sound too remarkable apart from the fact that this plane, the Solar Impulse Mk 2, made the trip without a drop of fuel. The Solar Impulse 2 is powered by lithium polymer batteries which, in turn, are powered by over 17,000 solar panels mounted on the plane's magnificent wingspan. The wingspan [...]

Flying Without Fuel: Solar Impulse 2018-04-17T12:50:00+00:00

Why The Rise In Student Protests Worldwide?

2018-04-17T12:43:43+00:00

Why The Rise In Student Protests Worldwide? This is a touchy subject, and is open to a number of contradicting viewpoints and ideas, but the fact remains that there is an increasing amount of student protest around the world, most notably in South Africa. The reasons for student protest around the globe vary, however, modern protest movements in South Africa and the United States are centred around exclusion or segregation of particular racial groups, or rising costs in studying at educational institutions. Student Protest A Political Norm  Tertiary education, and the social structures associated with universities across the globe, have [...]

Why The Rise In Student Protests Worldwide? 2018-04-17T12:43:43+00:00

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