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Mandela University PhD student in Physiology selected to attend Swiss programme 

PhD Physiology student at Mandela University Itumeleng Zosela is one of four South African students that have been accepted to join the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist Internship Program in Switzerland over three months from June to August 2023.
Itumeleng’s PhD research is focused on using plant material to synthesize gold nanoparticles for colon cancer treatment.


The intensive training program for talented and motivated research scientists from low- and middle-income countries from all over the world, aims to equip students with new skills that will help them in their careers and for them to share these skills with their fellow students when they return home.


Diligent work ethic leading to success in academics and sport

“Trying to keep up with such a hectic degree and a demanding sport was exhausting, but I wouldn’t change it for the world”, Madibaz Sport water polo star and Tokyo Olympian, Ashleigh Vaughan, said after graduating with her BPharm degree this autumn.


Driven by a dual passion and boosted by a massive support system, Ashleigh Vaughan has reaped the rewards of a diligent work ethic in academics and sport.
Madibaz Sport water polo star Ashleigh Vaughan received her pharmacy degree at Nelson Mandela University’s recent graduation.
A burning desire to succeed helped her navigate a four-year journey riddled with challenges and obstacles.
“I am very passionate about both areas and also very competitive, so I wanted to do my best in all aspects,” Ashleigh explained.


Mandela University’s Luzuko Funda top winner in 36th Corobrik Student Architecture Awards

Architecture graduate Luzuko Funda won the annual national Corobrik Student Architecture Awards, the fourth winner from Mandela University over the past five years keeping the tradition strong.


His winning project entailed designing the Agriculture department’s buildings at Fort Hare University in East London and aiming to revitalising the city around the campus.

Luzuko completed his fifth year in Architecture in 2022 and was selected as top student from his class to represent the University’s School of Architecture at this national competition.