July 2019 EDITION

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The Mpumalanga Premier is looking at partnering with UMP

Mpumalanga Premier Refilwe Mtshweni-Tsipane accompanied by MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Mr Pat Ngomane and MEC for Agriculture Land and Environmental Affairs, Mr VR Shongwe recently met with the University of Mpumalanga Vice Chancellor Professor Thoko Mayekiso, and her executive management team. In the meeting the parties discussed possible areas of cooperation between Provincial Government and the University in relation to funding students studying agricultural and mining related courses.



LETTER FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR

Welcome to the forth edition of our newsletter, where we keep you posted with the latest UMP news. Let me start by welcoming our learners who have returned to class after a three-week recess. On that note I would also like to take this opportunity and express my deepest gratitude to UMP staff and students for rolling up their sleeves to do 67 minutes of community work on Mandela Day.



MEET UMP’S YOUNGEST RATED RESEARCHER

Dr Mduduzi Ndlovu, a senior lecturer at the School of Biology and Environmental Sciences is amongst the youngest National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researchers in the country. His H-index of 10 is the 4th highest at UMP after Deputy Vice Chancellor: Academic, Professor Richard Bernard (H index = 25), Professor Dan Parker (H index = 14) and Professor Victor Mlambo (H index = 13).



UMP HOSTS STAKEHOLDERS

UMP HOSTS STAKEHOLDERS The University of Mpumalanga in partnership with Sanlam hosted a dinner to strengthen relationships, inform potential strategic partners about the successful developments at UMP, and to also demonstrate the role they could play in partnering with the university. The Vice Chancellor, Professor Thoko Mayekiso shared the university’s achievements, explaining that UMP has grown in leaps and bounds in the five years of it its existence.



STUDENT WITH A GIVING SPIRIT

STUDENT WITH A GIVING SPIRIT Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student and Mbombela campus CRC deputy chairperson, Thuso Tshiloane, lends a helping hand to learners in financial need by donating basic necessities to them. The 21-year-old recently won a National Humanitarian Philanthropist Award as part of the South African Union of Students (SAUS) recognition.



MANDELA DAY: VICE CHANCELLOR SHOWS APPRECIATION

The Vice Chancellor Professor Thoko Mayekiso has expressed gratitude to the UMP staff and students for rolling up their sleeves to do 67 minutes of community work on Mandela Day. Professor Mayekiso thanked the UMP community and said their efforts were not in vain. This comes after the university staff and students dedicated their time to different schools and centres around Mbombela.



INTERCULTURAL EXCHANGE FOR UMP AND SWISS STUDENTS

History was made when nine student teachers from the School of Education Foundation Phase at Siyabuswa campus became the first group to engage with nine students from the St. Gallen University of Teacher Education, Switzerland. For three weeks, the eighteen students worked in tandem at four different local schools, as part of their work-integrated learning component and intercultural exchange programme.