Swaziland

30 April 2024

Eswatini’s UNESWA Splits Freshman Intake Amidst Financial Woes

University of eSwatini (UNESWA) is facing financial difficulties and implementing a two-part intake for freshmen. Students with private funding can begin classes in April, while those relying on government scholarships must wait until August. UNESWA says this is a temporary adjustment, but the student union suggests it’s a way to address the university’s financial crisis. More

 

31 August 2023

Africa is Home to the Oldest and Youngest Universities

The African continent is home to four of the world’s oldest universities and also to some of the planet’s youngest, first-ever universities in a given country, with some countries having established their first institutions less than 10 years ago. Read more

 

31 July 2023

Prime Minister Dlamini of Eswatini Pays his Alma Mater Surprise Visit

The Prime Minister of ESwatini, Mr. Cleopas Sipho Dlamini, on July 14, 2023 paid a surprise visit to his alma mater, the University of Botswana. Read more

TVET Project Assists in Benchmarking of Two Trades

The Taiwan Technical Mission’s TVET Project Has Assisted The Directorate Of Industrial And Vocational Training (DVIT) In Benchmarking For Two Trades. Read more

 

30 April 2023

Diversity is the Key to International Recruitment Success

Today there are nearly five times as many non-EU students as EU students enrolled in UK higher education. China, India, and Nigeria are primarily responsible for the increased growth. Prior to Brexit there were 66,680 EU students studying in the UK. In 2021, the number was just 31,000. Read more

Education International Fully Supports Education Unionists

Education International (EI) sent a High-Level mission to Eswatini to reiterate on-set the support of the education union community to colleagues in the country, and to urge the national governmental authorities to put an immediate halt to the persecution of Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) leaders… Read more

Prime Minister Cleopas Dlamini Commends Establishment of Medical School, …

The sentiments of the PM comes at a time when University students and the entire education system face serious challenges, more public resources are allocated to sustain the lavish lifestyle of Mswati,an absolute Monarch. Read more

Prince David Removed but Crisis Escalates at the University of Eswatini (UNESWA).

When King Mswati in his capacity as the Chancellor of the University of Eswatini (UNESWA)removed Prince David as the Chairperson of the Council, perhaps one would have thought the crisis within the institution of higher learning would be over. Read more

Regional Framework for Microcredentials to be Developed

Countries in Southern Africa are to develop a broad framework for microcredentials. It is expected to inform and guide individual countries and institutions to develop country-specific frameworks for the recognition of learning through microcredentials. Read more

 

31 March 2023

Regina Twala was a Towering Intellectual and Activist in Eswatini – But She was Erased from History

Regina Gelana Twala was a writer, anthropologist, social worker and political activist who lived in both South Africa and Eswatini (then Swaziland). She died in 1968 at the age of 60. Read more

Student Mobility from Sub-Saharan Africa Could Double by 2050

Students from Sub-Saharan Africa are being recruited in their numbers and the competition is increasing, with indicators predicting that the region’s 430,000 outward mobile students will swell and double by 2050. Read more

 

28 February 2023

Research Ethics Project for Benin, the Gambia, Ivory Coast

Three West African countries – Benin, the Gambia and Ivory Coast – with the support of the South Africa-based ethical research non-governmental organisation EthiXpert – have secured a €1.5 million (about US$1.62 million) grant that will be used to build the capacity of research ethics committees, or RECs, in these countries. Read more

 

31 January 2023

Open Access Publishing Deal for Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Academics based in 70 low- and middle-income countries, including those in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, will be able to have their primary research published Gold Open Access by Nature – at no cost – thus enabling their scientific work to be permanently and freely available online for anyone to read. Read more

Taiwan Donates e5.2m Equipment to ECOT

The equipment, which is part of the Technical and Vocational Skills Enhancement (TVET) Project, will help upgrade the electrical wiremen trade testing workshop at the Directorate of Industrial and Vocational Education and Training (DIVT) and ECOT’s Hospitality and Tourism kitchen, which will also be used for trade testing. Read more

University Students to Protest in Support of Persecuted SNAT President Mbongwa Mbongwa.

Colani Maseko, the President of the Swaziland National Union of Students (SNUS) has urged University students to participate in a protest in support of persecuted SNAT President Mbongwa Dlamini. Read more

 

31 December 2022

UNESCO Launches Training on a Systems Thinking Tool to Promote Inclusive Education

To UNESCO every learner matters equally. The mission of its education sector is to “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”. Read more

 

31 October 2022

Botho University Pushes for Better Education Model

Botho University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Sheela Raja Ram, says there is an urgent need to rethink education models.Ram said this during the Botho University 25th anniversary celebration in Gaborone, when the university was celebrating its existence in Botswana and other countries such as Lesotho, Namibia, Eswatini and Ghana. Read more

 

30 September 2022

Fifty Students Stranded in Botswana  

About 50 undergraduates, who had been admitted to the University of Botswana (UB), are stranded at Barracks on foreign land because their parents can neither pay for their tuition fees nor cater for their return back home. Read more

UNESWA Signs Memorandum of Agreement with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office and the World Food Programme

The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office, UNESWA signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office (DPMO) and the World Food Programme (WFP) aimed at enhancing work and investment in resilience building for the vulnerable population of the Kingdom. Read more

 

31 August 2022

Courtesy Call of UN Resident Coordinator to the University of Eswatini Management

On the 3rd of August 2022, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Eswatini, Mr George Wachira paid a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor of the University of Eswatini, Professor Justice Thwala and his management team. Read more

Pay Salaries for University of Eswatini (UNESWA) Employees with Immediate effect.

The memo from Salebona Simelane, the Registrar of the University of Eswatini (UNESWA) suggests that there is a serious problem within that institution of higher learning that needs to be fixed as a matter of urgency. Read more

 

30 June 2022

Disabled Aspiring Nurse Appeals for Donations to Raise Money for University Application Fees.

NGCULWINI:Khumbuzile Mbhamali, a disabled former Elangeni High School pupil is appealing for donations to raise money for University and College   application fees after passing her Eswatini General Certificate of Secondary Education (EGCSE) examinations. Read more

Help Young Girls Go to School

Research conducted by the Stellenbosch University Law Clinic in 2018 showed that 30% of South African girls aged between 10 and 18 skip school during their menstrual cycle. Read more

“I Grew Up Where Architecture Was Designed to Oppress”…

Over the past few years, Ubuntu Design Group partnered with Andrews University M.Arch class and worked closely with low-middle income communities to develop Ubuntu Home as a solution to the current housing deficit. Read more

 

31 May 2022

4HIM Runs to Court over Termination of UNESWA Contract

The University of Eswatini (UNESWA), according to a letter dated May 6, 2022, intends to terminate the contract on May 31, 2022. 4HIM Security Services was reportedly paid E14 682 468.60 per annum, which means the institution was paying the security company E1 223 593 05 per month. Read more

UNESWA Closed Amid Violent Protests

With each passing day, the University of Eswatini seems to be plunged into chaos and disorder as the institution grapples with the issue of payment of student allowances and more recently, the writing of the final examination. Read more

 

31 March 2022

SADC Education for Sustainable Development Framework on the Horizon

The dialogue is one of UNESCO’s responses to the aspirations enunciated in the Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (RISDP) 2020–2030 of SADC, that is to develop and implement programmes, in order to improve human capacities for socio-economic development… Read more

 

28 February 2022

Nazarene University Management defends incarcerated Students

The Registrar of the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) has come out to clarify that Students Union President Colani Maseko never damaged any property belonging to the institution. Read more

 

31 January 2022

Internet Blackouts: Governments Undermined HE Delivery

Eleven African countries have been included in a list of 21 countries whose governments deliberately shut down internet access for their citizens in the course of 2021 – in most cases, to quell civil unrest, but a move that undermined higher education institutions, … Read more

Poor Planning for Online Learning Created Disparities

The COVID-19 pandemic-driven transition to emergency remote teaching and online learning has been met with controversy in the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) region, as a significant number of students from underprivileged areas in the countries were deprived of a fair and equal opportunity to complete their academic year…Read more

 

31 December 2021

Omicron: Academics Voice Their Dismay Over Travel Ban

African academics have expressed dismay at the move by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom and other countries to block flights from several African countries following the sequencing of a new, potentially more transmissible variant of COVID-19. Read more

Report Warns that Space for Free Flow of Ideas is Shrinking

Several African governments are restricting and curtailing the freedom of movement of academics and students through targeted actions, policies and practices that have frustrated the free flow of ideas,… Read more

 

30 September 2021

Jaki Seroke’s Memoir Traces his Life as an Anti-Apartheid Activist, …

You could have said my life was cast in stone. I knew that I was certainly going to acquire a degree at the University of Botswana, Lesotho and Swaziland, become a teacher or train for the priesthood, but certainly become a professional. Read more

Journalism Schools Should Teach Peace Modules

The Sunday Mail Online Reporter Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services Minister Monica Mutsvangwa has urged institutions of higher learning to consider adopting peace studies as a module taught to journalism students. Read more

 

30 April 2021

Simohlwana Elevated as the Highest ‘Qualification’, Government Destroys University of Eswatini

As the media, we have been focusing on Government’s failure to provide students with scholarships and or allowances but the reality suggests that the University of Swatini(UNESWA) is struggling with working equipment and this comprises the quality of education offered within that institution of higher learning. Read more

 

31 May 2020

When COVID-19 Exposes University of Eswatini (UNESWA)’s Resistance to Technology

Universities all over the world are changing the way they train students; they use virtual meeting for lectures including conducting online lessons but our own, the University of Eswatini (UNESWA) seems to be staggering in embracing technology. Read more

 

31 March 2020

Education Fair « Study in Russia – 2020 » Took Place in Mbabane, Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland)

On February 28, 2020, RACUS organization held an education fair « Study in Russia – 2020 » in Mbabane, capital of the Kingdom of Eswatini (Swaziland).  Read more

Stay at Home from Today – SNAT to Teachers

Stay at home! This is what teachers in the Kingdom of Eswatini were told by the Swaziland National Association of Teachers (SNAT) amid the spread of coronavirus, which is also known as COVID-19. According to the teachers’ union, their members should not go to work from today until further notice. Read more

 

28 February 2020

Cengage, Edge Learning Media Expand Access to Learning for SA’s Tertiary Students, Instructors

Cengage and Edge Learning Media are delighted to announce a new partnership in South Africa. This partnership will see Cengage representing Edge’s leading textbook catalogue within the South African public university sector, as well as in Namibia, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini. Read more

Stanford Historian’s Southern African Childhood Spurred Lifelong Study of the Region’s Religions and People

Joel Cabrita’s research explores the politics of memory and the question of who gets remembered and who gets forgotten by history. It’s a theme that has captivated her since childhood. Read more

 

31 January 2020

Landlords Lock Out University Students as Government Struggles to Pay Allowances

As government struggles to pay scholarships, some students from the Southern African Nazarene University (SANU) has been locked out of their rented flats in Manzini by their landlords. Read more

Swaziland Government Breaks Promise to Pay Overdue Student Allowances

The Swaziland (eSwatini) Government has broken its promise to pay tertiary student their living allowances. It is the latest in a string of broken promises. Read more

 

31 December 2019

One in Three Female Students at Swaziland University Sexually Assaulted in Single Year

More than one in three female students at the University of eSwatini reported they had been sexually assaulted in one-year; academic research just published reveals. Read more

 

30 November 2019

Class Boycotts End but Student Unhappiness Lingers

At least five higher education institutions in Eswatini which were rocked by class boycotts at the beginning of this month over delayed payment of allowances by the government, have almost returned to normal. Read more

 

31 October 2019

University Fair on Waterford Campus!

On Monday 14th October 2019 Waterford was host to over 19 schools and colleges from 7 countries. Read more

 

31 August 2019

Together for Development / Eswatini

Together for Development is the UWC Short Course in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland). In a world where extreme poverty, shocking inequality and unfair exclusion persist, the need for change is more pressing than ever. Read more

Swaziland University Closed Indefinitely as Student Protests Continue

The University of eSwatini (formerly University of Swaziland) has closed indefinitely and sent students home after protests across its three campuses. Read more

 

31 May 2019

Freeze on Govt Hiring Raises Education

This is a concern which has been raised by some educators following that there are a number of vacancies in schools and some have not been filled since the first term. The government issued a circular for the temporary suspension of recruitment on account of budgetary constraints. Read more

 

31 October 2018

Class of 2018 Marks a Decade of Educational Excellence in Lesotho

This graduation ceremony is truly a momentous occasion, not only because of the sheer number of talented individuals who will soon be embarking on highly-rewarding careers in their respective fields, but also because it will mark the 10th anniversary of Limkokwing establishing its campus in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Read more

 

15 August 2017

Higher Education Council Suspends Some Colleges, University

The Higher Education Council of Swaziland has suspended several private universities and colleges in the country following its evaluation assessment. Read more

Lock Out Unlawful Says Union

Swaziland Health Institutions and Allied Workers Union (SHIAWU) says locking out protesting non-academic staff by the Southern Africa Nazarene University (SANU) is unlawful. Read more

 

15 March 2017

Intervarsity Games In Line with His Majesty’s Dream

Minister of Education and Training said the BOLESWA Intervasity games were in line with His Majesty King Mswati III’ s unity through sports initiatives. Read more

 

31 January 2017

Pitcher Students Attend Political Summer School

About 30 William Pitcher Teachers’ College students attended a 10-day political summer school where they were equipped with training on how to destabilise a country. As a result of the said training, two of the students now live in fear of being expelled from the college and being blacklisted by government so that they never work in the country. Read more

 

15 September 2016

SADC University Will Be at Limkokwing

His Majesty King Mswati III said the proposed SADC University of Transformation would have links with Limkokwing University of Creative Technology. Read more

 

31 August 2016

All Owing Ex-UNISWA Students to Be Prosecuted

Former University of Swaziland students who are still owing tuition fees have been urged to settle their debts before the end of August or else they will face prosecution. Read more

If All Goes Well, UNISWA Students to Get 60% Back

A parliament Select Committee tasked to look into a petition by Swaziland University students has found that indeed government reduced their allowances by approximately 60%. Read more

King Establishes SADC University

He launched the first ever SADC University of Transformation to the delight of the heads of state, government and representatives. Read more

Limkokwing Signs MoU with Swazi TV

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Swaziland Television Authority (STVA) for the production of some programmes. Read more

Only 500 Students to Be Financed At Uniswa

Cabinet, through the labour and social security ministry resolved that only 500 students would be financed at the University of Swaziland. Read more

 

31 July 2016

Teachers Can Appeal Over Salary Reviews

The Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Training, Pat Muir has encouraged teachers aggrieved with the recent salary increase to take advantage of the appeal process and appeal collectively. Read more

 

15 July 2016

UNISWA To Release Results To Owing Students But…

Following a request by the Students Representative Council (SRC), the University of Swaziland has agreed to have students with outstanding fees shown their results. Read more

 

15 April 2016

Local , SA Universities hold Expo Around Country

U-Tech Principal welcomed representatives of both Swazi and South African colleges ahead of an Expo which aims to exhibit the programmes on offer at the various institutions of higher learning to pupils hoping to continue studying after high school.  Read more

 

1 April 2016

Govt Increases Uniswa Subvention By E80m

Government has increased its subvention to the University of Swaziland (UNISWA) by E80 million for the 2016/17 financial year. Read more

 

15 March 2016

20 Graduate in UNISWA, SEC Training Programme

A Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) employee proved that women were more than capable of leading when she dominated the prize presentation of the Supervisory Development Training Programme Graduation Ceremony. Read more

E80m Increase in UNISWA Subsidy

Minister of Finance tabled an increase of E80 million to now stand at over E300 million in government’s grant towards the University of Swaziland (UNISWA). Read more

 

29 February 2016

European Union, UNISWA To Host Women Empowerment Seminar

The European Union in collaboration with the University of Swaziland.will be hosting a women empowerment seminar themed; ‘Women as Protagonists of civil society of Swaziland. Read more

Hungry UNISWA Students Protest, Steal Food

UNIVERSITY of Swaziland students invaded the Kwaluseni Campus refectory and made away with hot pieces of meat during their protest against registration deadlines and delayed allowances. Read more

UNISWA Closed After Protest Turns Violent

THE University of Swaziland has been closed following the volatile protest and class boycott which started on Monday morning and dragged into the night. Read more

August 2015

The State of Entrepreneurship Education in Swaziland and Ways in which it Can be Enhanced I often hear the phrase ‘Education is the key to success’ and I always wonder how much truth there is in that phrase. Read more

February 2015

Taiwan Full Scholarship The International Cooperation and Development Fund in Taiwan (Taiwan ICDF), in cooperation with 21 partner universities, is again offering scholarships to qualified candidates for pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies in Taiwan in 2015. Read more

Makhosazana Heads Higher Education Council The Ministry of Education and Training together with cabinet has approved the establishment of the Swaziland Higher Education Council. Read more

 

January 2015

Young Man Brings Ultimate Youth Job Creation Plan Born and bred in Swaziland, a young man whose dream is to develop the only asset young people have, their mind, has written and published a youth guidebook for success. Read more

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