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Two Stellenbosch University (SU) students are on their way to China after winning the South African Preliminary Competition of the 14th "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition for College Students. Liesl Kotze, an Honours Mandarin student, and Jamie Cripwell, a PhD student in Process Engineering, were named joint winners of the competition, an international contest sponsored by Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters. Deemed the best in the competition, they will represent South Africa at the global "Chinese Bridge" competition in Changsha City in Hunan in July.
Discussing the future of global cities, some of the world’s foremost thought leaders and opinion makers will gather in Chicago from 27 to 29 May 2015. Among them will be a Matie student. Benedict Higgins, a PhD student at Stellenbosch University(SU), has been accepted to take part in the Chicago Forum on Global Cities, an event that will be attended by global leaders like Madeleine Albright, former US secretary of State, and Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme and former Prime Minister of New Zealand.
Flags of 54 African countries flew proudly at Stellenbosch University (SU) on Africa Day on Monday 25 May. Taking up President Jacob Zuma on his call to help promote the African Union (AU), the AU flag was also raised at events hosted on the SU and Tygerberg campuses.
Wim Tijmens is a man with an abundance of stories and experiences to share. Well-known and respected in botanical circles, he has travelled the world hunting for plants. Several of these excursions had been to China, a place he and fellow botanists refer to as the "Mother of Gardens". In the last five decades Netherlands-born Tijmens has undertaken no less than 17 expeditions to China, acquiring a number of paintings and artefacts during his journeys.