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.
The UFH Registrar, Professor Michael Somniso, recently travelled to Minnesota State University in Mankato America with the aim of strengthening and expanding the partnership of the existing institutional Memorandum of Understanding. He was accompanied by John Rautenbach from the UFH social work department. The delegation met with Dr Marilyn Wells, Provost and Senior Vice President of MSU, and other senior leadership. Prof Somniso presented Dr Wells with a letter and book from the UFH Vice Chancellor, Dr Tom. An Eastern Cape number plate that reads “MSU UFH EC” was given to reciprocate the street sign that reads “Mankato Drive” that the MSU delegation gave to the UFH VC in 2012. These signs represent the invitation to travel to the respective partner institution.
The University’s Alumni Association in Lesotho welcomed the Vice Chancellor in a special session held at the Lehakoe Hall of the Central Bank of Lesotho in Maseru on 8th May. This event was organised by the Lesotho chapter in conjunction with Alumni affairs to detail preparations of the much anticipated centenary of Fort Hare University in 2016. Fort Hare alumni association has a strong presence in Lesotho and the event attracted delegates across various sectors. The event was covered by the Lesotho National Television and delegates who graced the event included Vice Chancellor of the National University of Lesotho, representative of Council on Higher Education in Lesotho, Representatives from the higher education ministry, Limkokweng University of Creative Technology, Institute of Development Management and Centre for Accounting Studies.