Rhodes University

Founded in 1904, Rhodes University is a well-established University located in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa.

It is a small research intensive university which enjoys the distinction of having amongst the best undergraduate pass and graduation rates in South Africa, outstanding postgraduate success rates, and the best research output per academic staff member.

The University takes pride in its motto, Where Leaders Learn, and in producing graduates who are knowledgeable intellectuals, skilled professionals, and critical, caring and compassionate citizens who can contribute to economic and social development and an equitable, just and democratic society.

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For every student who knowingly steals other people’s words and ideas, there are 10 who are not trying to be dishonest. From www.shutterstock.com

Policing plagiarism could make universities miss the real problems

For every student who intentionally steals others' work and passes it off as her own, there are ten who don't yet know how to build academic knowledge. They need our help, not condemnation.
Nigerian author Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is hailed as one of the greatest novels ever set in Africa. Akintunde Akinleye/Reuters

What a less Eurocentric reading list would look like

There's a fierce debate underway about changing university curricula in Africa and the UK to be less Eurocentric. Three academics offer their suggestions for a decolonised reading list.
Young academics need a strong, properly structured support system to climb the ranks and one day become professors. From www.shutterstock.com

Professors aren’t born: they must be nurtured

There are compelling educational reasons to employ more black academics in universities and to give them all the support they'll need to become professors.
There’s more to being a good university lecturer than just projecting your voice. How can far deeper skills be developed? From www.shutterstock.com

How to turn lecturers into good university teachers

Who is best placed to shape university teachers who are more than just technically proficient? The answer lies in academic development.
Members of a breakaway faction of the Anglican Church in Zimbabwe protest against homosexuality. Reuters

Why anti-gay sentiment remains strong in much of Africa

Attitudes and laws about homosexuality are not purely a colonial import. Since independence, other factors, including right-wing evangelism, have driven anti-LGBTI attitudes.
Strength training, as opposed to gentle exercise, may be a better way for women over 50 to improve their muscle strength and kick menopause symptoms. Claudia Daut/Reuters

Post-menopause? Hit the weights, not the treadmill

Strength training is an ideal way for older women to mitigate the symptoms associated with menopause.
Universities need to take a long, hard look at themselves - and listen to their students - to tackle issues of failure and attrition. Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Universities can’t just wash their hands of student failure

Universities largely fail to acknowledge the way their modes of teaching and learning are culturally, socially and politically embedded. Can this be fixed?
Children struggle to develop the basic “building blocks” of maths if they’re just copying down everything the teacher tells them without understanding it. From www.shutterstock.com

After school learning makes kids masters of their own maths destiny

When rote learning and parroted answers replace real engagement with the material, children are bound to battle with maths. After-school homework clubs offer a different way of thinking.
Xhosa women celebrate in Qunu in the Eastern Cape. It is time for African languages and cultures to dominate at the continent’s universities. Antony Kaminju/Reuters

African languages have the power to transform universities

African universities need to boost local languages onto the same exalted platform as English before they can be considered truly transformed.
Although older women are not naturally prone to exercise, being part of an exercise group helps them to stay in a fitness program. Reuters

For older women, exercise buddies make all the difference

The relationship that older women build up with their trainers is key to maintaining their participation in exercise programs.

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