he Serious Games Institute of South Africa in conjunction with Grendel Games and North West University will host the first ever International Conference on Serious Games in Africa at the Quest Conference Estate, in the business sector of Vanderbijlpark, Johannesburg, South Africa. This historic Conference will be held from the 27th to the 29th of August 2014. The University of Fort Hare is proud to be an invitee to this prestigious occasion and will be represented by Shadreck Mudziwepasi, a Master of Science Student in the Department of Computer Science. Shadreck has been invited to the conference to showcase his work on the Formulation of a User-Centric Framework for Developing Serious Games for Learners’ Elicitation Processes in Information Communication Technology (ICT) using a case study of the game “Mandela27”.
It has been a bag of mixed fortunes for the University of Fort Hare sports and culture during winter games in the USSA’s and other platforms at home and away.This ranges from the taste of success by the Netball Teddies in University Sports South Africa games in the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University as they moved up the ladder to B section, just a step away to A section and prospects of participating in the Varsity Shield.
The University of Fort Hare hosted the prestigious South African Tertiary Institutions Choral Association (SATICA) competition from 01 July to 05 July 2014 at the Sports Complex, Alice Campus. Launched officially in 1993 as a festival between two universities, the competition has grown over the years to be a flagship tertiary choral competition with participation from a number of institutions. The University of Fort Hare Choir was represented by two choirs from Alice and East London Campuses respectively. Fort Hare Choir went home as overall winners with East Campus Choir dominating the large category, whilst Alice Campus came second in the Platinum category. Fort Hare Choir executive committee would love to pass the word of gratitude to the Fort Hare community for their support, especially the student affairs for supporting the choir with everything they needed in order to make it happen.
There was very visible support and commitment by Executive Management to the Teaching and Learning Week held at the University of Fort Hare’s Senate chamber in Alice on 8th – 12 July. The senior staff members were not only present, but also audible – this interaction was greatly appreciated. Their agreement with the concept of academics professionalising and constantly developing themselves also reaffirmed the key role of academic developers in the TLC and of their flagship programme, the Post Graduate Diploma in Higher Education and Training (PGDHET).