September 2019 EDITION

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The University of Mpumalanga (UMP) and the University of Venda (UNIVEN) have sealed a working relationship

The University of Mpumalanga (UMP) and the University of Venda (UNIVEN) have sealed a working relationship with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which will see the two institutions collaborate in areas of Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer, Student Governance, and Agriculture. The partnership by both institutions is set to prepare students from the two respective universities for the 4th Industrial Revolution.



LETTER FROM THE VICE CHANCELLOR

Welcome to the September edition. The recent violent attacks on women especially on campuses has been mind boggling. The safety of students and staff remains our strong focus here at UMP. We do not take take gender-based violence (GBV) lightly. The university is continually raising GBV awareness in and around our campuses through the Safety Spaces initiative and other groups within the institution such as Boys to Men and Sister Sister.



GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE HAS NO PLACE AT UMP

The University of Mpumalanga does not take gender-based violence (GBV) lightly. Through its many initiatives, the university is continually raising GBV awareness in and around its campuses. We speak to project leader of Safety Spaces, Dr Nonzwakazi Maqubela, also a psychology senior lecturer and heads the gender transformation forum on how the institution is protecting students and staff.



UMP FOCUSES ON POSITIVE STUDENT LEADERSHIP

Effective and inspirational leadership is what UMP students learnt at the very first leadership seminar, led by Professor Abby Mdluli from the Department of Education Psychological Services in Ehlanzeni District. In his talk Professor Mdluli spoke about good and poor leadership. "Be careful of leaders that want to exert their powers on those they lead. A good leader makes people believe in him, but a great leader makes them to believe in themselves,” he warned.



HISTORY IS MADE AS UMP LAUNCHES FIRST ALUMNI CHAPTER

It was a glorious affair when University of Mpumalanga launched its first alumni chapter in Limpopo. Opening the ceremony Vice-Chancellor, Professor Thoko Mayekiso said: "All of you present here today are watching history unfold. Unlike others, you do not have the weight of history on your shoulders, but you have made history. You are pioneers of the university's remarkable journey. You are ambassadors of the university and you play a very important role in advancing the vision of the institution. The welfare of the university rests on your shoulders.



UMP IS BUILDING YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

As the country is grappling with the issue of unemployment, especially among the youth, UMP is set to build its students to start thinking about their future post university life. The university invited the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) to empower soon-to-be graduates studying agriculture, with information and knowledge of how they can start, source funding and run a co-operative.



UMP NATURE CONSERVATION STUDENTS CATCH A RARE FISH

Students studying Nature Conservation were out and about doing their practical work at the Crocodile River when they discovered the hard to find fish: the stargazer, not commonly found on that side of the river. The students couldn’t hide their excitement. One of them is Nothando Ngobeni who said catching the stargazer was a surprise discovery. "I can now sample fish without killing it. The practice was good and I would love to do more of these because that's where we get to apply what we learn in class."