September Graduation 2018

Master’s Graduate Offers Food for Thought Through Research




Ms Joan Akob graduated with her MSc in Dietetics

With two graduations in the bag, Cameroonian beauty queen, Ms Joan Akob, has no plans of slowing down.

With a Master’s degree in Dietetics now added to her long enviable list of accolades, she has high aspirations; now firmly setting her sights set on pursuing a PhD. Read more...


 

Uganda’s First Potato Breeder Tackles Devastating Crop Disease




PhD graduate, Dr Prossy Namugga, is hooded by UKZN Registrar, Mr Simon Mokoena

Dr Prossy Namugga has graduated with her PhD in Plant Breeding through the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI) after working on the development of high-yielding and early maturing potato genotypes. Read more...



PhD Tackles Natural Resource Conservation for Sustainable Water Supply




Dr Catherine Hughes is capped by Professor Bala Pillay

Dr Catherine Hughes graduated with her PhD in Hydrology after using validated hydrological modelling to demonstrate the possibility of deriving sustainable water supply from a catchment - for human and ecosystem use - if natural resource assets are conserved and rehabilitated. Read more...


 

Securing Global Energy Security Through Innovative Research




Dr Precious Mangena earned herself a PhD in Plant Breeding

Dr Precious Mangena has graduated with her PhD in Plant Breeding for her work in developing a superior sweet stem sorghum hybrid over a short period of time using a male gametocide so that the crop can be used in bio-fuel production and related activities. Read more...


 

MSc in Plant Breeding for Nundwe




Mr McDonald Nundwe graduated with a Master’s degree in Plant Breeding

Mr McDonald Nundwe has graduated with his Master’s in Plant Breeding which involved characterising sweet sorghum germplasm for biofuel production.

Accomplished through the UKZN Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), the research examined traits that can be directly or indirectly selected for breeding for biofuel production. The research also explored genetic diversity of sweet sorghum germplasm using single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP). Read more...


 

Passion for Agriculture Earns Mchunu Master’s Degree




Mr Lindani Mchunu (left) with one of his supervisors, Dr Alfred Odindo

Mr Lindani Mchunu graduated with his Master of Science in Agriculture degree after investigating the identification and selection of Tepary bean genotypes for yield and drought tolerance in South Africa that can be used as parental lines of breeding as well as for large-scale production. Read more...



Excellent Reputation Attracts Master’s Graduate to UKZN




Mr Shaheen Thakur who graduated with his Master’s in Geography

Mr Shaheen Thakur, a student from the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SAEES), graduated with an MSc in Geography.

His decision to study at UKZN was largely based on the academic excellence that the University is recognised for. ‘I learned about UKZN’s popularity as a high-quality institution that provides experienced, qualified and high level of academics, research and facilities for its students. Therefore UKZN was my first choice,’ said Thakur who completed both his undergraduate and Honours degrees in Geography and Environmental Management at UKZN, and most recently, an MSc degree in Geography. Read more...



Breeding Groundnuts for Prosperity in Malawi


 

Master’s in Plant Breeding graduate, Mr Masoud Sultan

 

Mr Masoud Sultan graduated with his Master’s in Plant Breeding through the Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) programme at UKZN which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

This programme - which combines research with internships - enabled students to spend between six and 12 months as interns at a seed company, national breeding programme or Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Centre where they carry out their research projects. This experience aids graduates in finding employment or PhD funding. Read more...



PhD Graduate Improving Ugandan Rice Production


 

Dr Mary Teddy Asio who graduated with a PhD which aimed to improve rice production

 

Dr Mary Teddy Asio has graduated with her PhD through the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI), having worked on a genetic study of upland rice varieties in Uganda to identify those that are resistant to Striga hermonthica. Read more...


 

Master’s Graduate Helping Meet Soybean Demand Through Breeding


 

Ms Mwila Chibanda graduates with her Master’s in Plant Breeding

 

Ms Mwila Chibanda graduated with her Master’s through the Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) programme at UKZN, which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

The programme combines research with internships and sees students spending between 6 and 12 months as interns at a seed company, national breeding programme or Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centre where they carry out their research projects. This experience aids graduates in finding employment or PhD funding. Read more...


 

Passion for Solving Scientific Puzzles Earns Mdluli a Master’s Degree


 

Ms Sibusiswangaye Mdluli graduates with her Master’s in Plant Breeding

 

‘Do what you have to do in order to do what you want to do’. 

These are the words that motivate Ms Sibusiswangaye Mdluli who graduated with a Master’s degree in Plant breeding. 

‘I chose UKZN because it is one of the best tertiary institutions in the country, particularly in terms of quality and the quantity of research output. When I read about the African Centre for Crop Improvement (ACCI), I knew this was the place for me to find my feet within the vast field of agriculture whilst still being able to make a difference,’ she said. Read more...



El Niño Inspired MSc Graduate to Breed Maize for Drought Tolerance


 

Ms Lucia Ndlala graduates with her Master’s in Plant Breeding

 

Ms Lucia Ndlala has graduated with her Master’s through the Improved Master’s in Cultivar Development in Africa (IMCDA) at UKZN which is funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA).

This programme is unique in its combination of research and internships, enabling students to spend between six and 12 months as interns at a seed company, national breeding programmes or Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) centres where they carry out their research projects. This experience proves valuable in aiding graduates to find employment or PhD funding. Read more...



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