UKZN graduation begins today

2008-04-14 00:00

THE University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) will be celebrating the first of its 21 graduation ceremonies for 2008, starting today.

About 7 641 graduates will receive degrees, of whom 4 469 are women.

A special feature of the ceremonies is the first ever graduation of PHD students from the African Centre for Food Security (ACFS), which UKZN says is a first for not only the university, but in the world.

ACFS is based on the university’s Pietermaritzburg campus, under the School of Agricultural Science and Agribusiness.

According to UKZN, it is the only facility in the world to offer accredited postgraduate qualifications in food security and contributes hugely to building and sustaining the mass of African expertise required to alleviate hunger on the African continent.

It was appointed by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) as the lead agency in the food security activities of the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Programme and also won a competitive bid for formal recognition as the SADC Regional Centre of Excellence in Vulnerability Assessment and Analysis.

Head of ACFS, Professor Sheryl Hendriks, said graduates represent a real boost in addressing the looming food crisis.

Several UKZN staff members will be awarded the Distinguished Teachers’ Award, which recognises excellence in teaching.

University vice chancellor Professor Malegapuru Makgoba said the interaction of staff and students working towards a common goal characterises much of what the university is about and, when success is achieved, both are deserving of congratulations.

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