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PhD student off to Germany (published 01 April 2012)


Nashwa Eassa, final-year PhD student was selected as one of only 550 young researchers worldwide to attend the 62nd Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.

At the July meeting, Nobel Laureates will lecture on current scientific topics relevent fields of the future.





BTech Fashion student does it again (published 01 April 2012)


ALUMNUS, Kelly Esterhuyse has been named the winner of the New Emerging Creative. This follows her string of achievements including Elle Young Designer of the Year, as well designing a range of clothes for Mr Price. 

Her collection  of mohair designs, which won her the title, was exhibited at Cape Town's annual Design Indaba. Esterhuyse also exhibited her jerseys at SA Fashion Week. 



Emerging researcher named (published 01 April 2012)


NMMU postdoctoral fellow Dr Marisa Botha was named a National Research Foundation (NRF) Emerging Researcher - only the second NMMU candidtae to be honoured this way.

Dr Botha will be a visiting scholar in the Department of English at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She has published eight articles in academic journals over the past nine years. 

She has also presented papers at the American Comparative Literature Conference Association



Honorary doctorates awarded (published 01 April 2012)


NMMU has awarded four prestigious doctoral degrees during the graduation ceremonies this year to oustanding citizens.

Activist and Bishop of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church, Reverend Malusi Mpulwana received an honorary doctorate in Philosophy. He is recognised for his religious and political leadership and substantial contribution to democracy and community development. Catherine Odora Hoppers is recognised for her word on gender, science and innovation and received an honorary doctorate in Education.

World-renowned paleoanthropogist, Phillip Tobias was honoured with an honorary degree in Science in recognition of establishing South Africa as the "Cradle of Humankind". Human Rights activist and Executive Director of Greenpeace, Kumi Naidoo received an honorary degree in Law for the unique contribution to the empowerment of civil society.