Professor Mamello Thinyane, from the University of Fort Hare's (UFH) Computer Science department based Telkom Centre of Excellence, joins the Science and Technology minister Naledi Pandor, along with Professor Glenda Gray, new president of the Medical Research Council and physiotherapist Takatso Semenya from the University of Limpopo, to attend the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) which takes place from the 21st -26th of June 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark.
The University of Fort Hare Students Representative Council (SRC) took an oath of office during the swearing in, in the Alice Campus just a day after the commemoration of the 1976 June 16 Students appraising. The University went into SRC elections on the 15th April where four students’ political organisations, SASCO, ANCYL, PASMA and DASO contested a 10 seat per campus led by campus Premier and 5 institutional seats (cuts across campuses) chamber. The SRC has also a watch dog structure in student parliament made up of all societies and two members of SRC sits in the university council which is the highest decision making body.
The Siyakhula Living Lab, an ICT 4D project hosted in both the Telkom Centres of Excellence at University of Fort Hare and Rhodes University comes on air on SABC 2, on the programme Leihlo la Sechaba at 18H00 on the 12th of June 2014. This project is mainly driven by a multidisciplinary team of researchers from both Universities and the work is based on communal ICT infrastructure installations located at the schools in the Dwesa region of the former Transkei. The work was established in 2006 and since then, the Universities have maintained heavy presence in the area, with network expansion reaching up to date 17 schools in total. The communities have access to computers and internet based applications, while the researchers are investigating how to build and sustain ICT installations as part of their academic work, making it a combined effort.
Staying true to its vision as a vibrant, equitable and sustainable African university, the University of Fort Hare in conjunction with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) is hosting Africa Day celebrations at the Alice campus from the 29th - 30th May 2014. The University has its place in the annals of history, having produced five African State Presidents in President Nelson Mandela of South Africa , Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Sir Seretse Khama of Botswana, Ntsu Mokhele of Lesotho, Yusuf Kironde Lule of Uganda.