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Shai Reshef Prince Albert Jan 25 2016

Shai Reshef Prince Albert Jan 25 2016

The 2016 Prince's Prize for Innovative Philanthropy has been awarded to Shai Reshef of University of the People (UoPeople). UoPeople is the world’s first tuition-free, non-profit, accredited online university, dedicated to opening access to higher education. Grounded in the belief that knowledge is a key ingredient of world peace, UoPeople uses open-source technology, Open Educational Resources and the assistance of academic volunteers to provide access to collegiate-level studies to qualified individuals from over 180 countries, regardless of geographic, financial or societal constraints.

Björn Borg launches handmade Limited edition Sport Couture at 9AM, Jan 19th

Björn Borg launches handmade Limited edition Sport Couture at 9AM, Jan 19th.

A retro space inspired showpiece collection was presented by Björn Borg at Fashion Week Stockholm last August. The handmade-in-Sweden Sport Couture capsule collection is now launched featuring fashion darling DJ Mimi Xu and her daughter Maily Beyrens. Available on bjornborg.com as of 9 AM CET on January 19th.

Last August, Björn Borg paid homage to the Mars One space initiative in their SS16 show during Fashion Week in Stockholm. The tribute to this vision also led to the creation of a limited edition capsule collection which takes inspiration from the history of space travel and the journey to find new frontiers that took place during the 1970’s and 80’s. The much anticipated retro-style collection comes in navy blue, white and red, and features a striped ribbed detailing for the ultimate vintage sport look.

2015 was a watershed year according to Prof Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE). Working tirelessly to ready Braamfontein as the digital hub of Johannesburg, he says that 2016 is time to ‘take the great leap forward’ and move from a planning and development phase to becoming fully operational.

Ureshnie Govender

While World AIDS Day may place the spotlight firmly on the fact that South Africa boasts one of the highest rates of HIV infection, there is hope when one considers the future leaders in the management of the HIV/AIDS pandemic emerging from the country’s foremost tertiary institutions. One such example is Ureshnie Govender, who is completing her Postgraduate Diploma in Management specialising in HIV/AIDS and Health at Monash South Africa (MSA). Driven by a passion for the delivery of bench-to-bedside technology and ensuring life-changing concepts and products reach patients in need, there can be no doubt that Dr Govender will find herself assisting  in the management of South Africa’s fight against HIV/AIDS in the near future.

It is well known that South Africa’s skills shortage is not only a real issue, but that it limits the country in its abilities and has a direct impact on economic growth.
 
Professor Barry Dwolatzky, director of the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University says South Africa specifically needs senior software engineering skills.
 
“Senior software engineering specialists require both a strong theoretical foundation and an ability to apply this theory in practice. We lack these specialised skills and this needs to be addressed now,” says Dwolatzky.