2019 April Graduation

 The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) hosted their April graduation ceremony for the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science (CAES) at the Royal Agricultural Showgrounds in Pietermaritzburg on the 8th of April 2019.



From left: Joao Antonio Pedro, Nelson Mubai, Nokwethaba Biyela, Viriato Cossa, Ruth Magaleta, Nomathemba Majola, Salegua Venancio and Bubala Mwiinga



UKZN Graduation Ceremony


2018 Spring Graduation

UKZN hosted their Spring Graduation at their Westville campus on the 13th of September 2018. MSc Plant Breeding staff and students, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) affiliates, as well as the students' family and friends all attended the ceremony. Four MSc Plant Breeding students, Lucia Zinzi Ndala, McDonald Nundwe, Mwila Chibanda and Sibusiswangaye Mdluli graduated. Read more...

 From left: Caroline Adala-Oremo and Dr Rufaro Madakadze (both from AGRA), Lucia Zinzi Ndala, McDonald Nundwe, Mwila Chibanda (all plant breeding masters graduates), Dr Julia Sibiya (head of the master's programme) and ACCI graduate Dr Prossy Namugga



MSc Students visit Makerere University in Uganda for a two week workshop to train scientists in Quantitative Genetics and Advanced Statistical Plant Breeding


 Participants from all over Africa at Makerere University

IMCDA Second Joint Partners Meeting Held in Durban

The Improved Masters in Cultivar Development for Africa (IMCDA) programme, funded by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) with funding received from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), held its fourth Joint Partners Meeting in Durban from the 11th-13th of July 2017 to bring together all those involved in the programme to review the progress in the implementation of the programme. Read more...

Attendees at the IMCDA Meeting

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Dr Julia Sibiya replaces Prof John Derera as Project Manager of the MSc Project

Dr Sibiya recently took over the reins from Prof Derera as Project Manager of the MSc Project. Professor John Derera spent his last day at UKZN on the 26th of June 2015 as he prepared to make the move back to his home country of Zimbabwe to join Seed Co Limited in the prestigious position of Head of Research and Development.


Click here to read a short biographical sketch of Dr Sibiya.

 Dr Julia Sibiya
Prof John Derera

Our 2015 Students at Graduation!

Our Students at the 2017 UKZN Graduation Ceremony

2017 MSc Students


2017 MSc Students with Dr Julia Sibiya (Front row 1st from the left) and Ms Andile Mshengu (Front row 3rd from the left)


  Meet our 2016 MSc Students!

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 MSc Students with Representatives from AGRA, Mr Joseph Nambiro (Back row, 1st from the left) and Dr Rufaro Madakadze (Back row, 3rd from the right)

MSc students hit the road!

  On the 1st of September 2015 the students had the opportunity to visit the KwaZulu-Natal Sharks Board and the famous Ushaka Marine World in Durban. 

Students inside the Ushaka Aquarium

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