January 2020 EDITION

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FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR

Welcome to yet another year, where as an institution we gear up to fulfil the strategic goals we set for ourselves. One of these is to create and support an environment that fosters research quality and productivity; to develop and sustain the research capacity of staff and students and; to conduct research that contributes to local, regional, national and global sustainability. 



UMP RESEARCHERS AWARDED

The University of Mpumalanga has honoured individuals who have excelled in research. Among these was the Vice-Chancellor Professor Thoko Mayekiso, a National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher who was awarded for maintaining her 2018 C3 rating. Congratulating the researchers, the Director of Research Management, Professor Phindile Lukhele-Olorunju said: "Researchers of such standing will assist the institution to generate more funding for the university from NRF and other funding agencies."



AGRICULTURE STUDENT TURNED FARMER SAVES FAMILY FROM POVERTY

UMP student Sandile Mkhabela, rescued his family from poverty by farming chickens and selling eggs to supplement his family's income. "Before I became a UMP student, I had a few chickens that were roaming around at home. I did not have an idea to start a business. It was when I was at UMP and the agriculture course assisted me to come up with ideas of using my chickens to start an egg production business."



UP CLOSE WITH THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

The Vice-Chancellor Professor Thoko Mayekiso celebrates the five-year milestone at the helm of the world-class University of Mpumalanga, which offers a variety of study options. Under her sterling leadership the university has shown exceptional growth: produced graduates, launched the first Alumni Chapter and collaborated with other universities. In this interview she tells us about more achievements and her secret to success.



FORMER UMP GRADUATE SHARES JOB MARKET TIPS

The University of Mpumalanga will be producing graduates that will soon be job seeking and meeting new employers. Former student Floyd Ndhlovu who works as a farm manager in Mpumalanga shares some insightful tips about the job market, what employers are looking for in candidates and how the graduates can grab opportunities that are presented to them.



OVERWHELMING SUPPORT FOR THE LOVE MY CAMPUS CAMPAIGN

UMP students and staff are continuing to respond positively to the: Love My Campus campaign, which aims to promote an environmentally friendly and clean campus. Student housing manager Boipelo Motswane says: "Students have become champions of excellence, upholding the university values and carrying them out well. The Love My Campus and #IamAnAmbassador for my campus campaigns have inspired other students to come up with ideas on how to keep the campus clean and protect university assets."