CALL FOR BUSINESS PROPOSALS FOR THE SECOND PHASE OF THE NUL INNOVATION HUB!

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) Research and Innovations Committee has been tasked with overseeing the NUL Innovation Hub activities among other duties. The call is hereby made to all NUL staff members, NUL Students and NUL Graduates with existing innovative businesses that can be incubated within the second phase of the NUL Innovation Hub space. Businesses should have at least one of their members being affiliated with NUL as mentioned above.

INTRODUCING A TOWN PLAN FOR THE PROPOSED NUL-LNDC INDUSTRIAL PARK

When all is said and done, “the proposed park for the Roma Valley will be more than just an industrial park,” said Associate Professor Resetselemang Leduka who teaches Urban and Regional Planning at the National University of Lesotho (NUL). He leads the Town Planning component of the project. “It will be a business park,” he said. It will have a mix of manufacturing, services, recreation and shopping outlets.

NUL STUDENT IS BUILDING A ROBOTIC, ACCURATE EARLY CANCER DETECTOR

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) machine is being created by Mahao Molise, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) student. It seeks to replace skilled radiologists with highly trained computers that detect cancer cells with a better degree of accuracy.

When you train machines to think like humans; that is called artificial intelligence. “Through coding, we give the machine some brain-like capabilities to make them intelligent and identify cancer cells,” he said.

(Catch him here: +266 5971 3551) 

ONE MILLION ROSEHIP SEEDLINGS CHALLENGE FOR FORMER NUL STUDENT

‘Miloane Mokhobo, the graduate of the National University of Lesotho (NUL), has come up with some innovative ways to meet a mammoth challenge. He has a contract to create 1 million rosehip seedlings for a local company that exports lucrative rosehip products overseas. He has just produced 10,000 seedlings! But he knows, as Lao Tzu once said, that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

"GOD IS NOT CHRISTIAN" : A CASE FOR DECOLONISING OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR INCLUSIVE EDUCATION IN LESOTHO SCHOOLS

Prof. Luvuyo Ntombana*Department of Sociology, Anthropology and History
Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Rasebate Isaac Mokotso, National University of Lesotho andResearch Fellow in the Department of Religion Studies, University of the Free State, South Africa

Pharos Journal of Theology ISSN 2414-3324 online Volume 99 - (2018) 

THE NUL GATE THAT “KNOWS” EACH STUDENT BY THE NAME

The automated gate was going to cost the university a gigantic M3, 000,000 if outside companies were contracted ! But the National University of Lesotho (NUL) engineers delivered it for M 100,000! No kidding! If you are a student or staff at the NUL, the gate system uses barcodes and RFID on your identity cards to give you access to the premises.

THE LAUNCH OF THE NUL INNOVATION HUB

What a day it was! After years of thinking, designing, experimenting, testing and evaluating, the National University of Lesotho (NUL) launched the much-awaited NUL Innovation Hub. Three buildings were opened by His Majesty and Chancellor, King Letsie III, on the day. These were not the buildings containing laboratory products anymore. They were the buildings of businesses!

That is because NUL means business these days.

"THANK YOU NUL," SAY AFRICAN ECONOMICS STUDENTS

This year, Masters students from 7 African countries descended on the National University of Lesotho (NUL). They were here for a bridging program run by the powerful African Economic Research Consortium (AERC). When it was over, the African students were impressed with NUL. “And they didn’t keep quiet about it,” said the exuberant Ms Nthabiseng Koatsa, the Head of the NUL Department of Economics. 

YOUTH AND ENTREPRENUERSHIP, WHERE WE MAY BE GETTING IT WRONG

By Thabang Letsatsi 

1."Youths must study to be self-employed, no more brown envelopes."

95 % of us are not entrepreneurs by nature (including we who preach self-employment). It's not a surprise then that most youths feel insulted by this self-employment chorus. 

No, let's not ask the youths to self-employ beyond what they are already doing, let's create self-standing businesses that employ masses and let's financially support small existing businesses to help them hire more.

THE NUL-MADE “PITSA” POT THAT WILL HELP YOU MANUFACTURE MANY, MANY PRODUCTS

This National University of Lesotho (NUL) made pot, branded “Pitsa,” looks simple but it is not your normal pot! Because of its numerous uses, it may as well be the pot that marks the start of Lesotho’s industrialisation. “A list of things capable of being professionally made from this pot is endless,” said Mr Setlhare Jane who along with his research team members, Lesia Matlali and ‘Marethabile Jane, have been working on Pitsa for quite some time.

WILL AFRICA BENEFIT FROM TRADING WITH ITSELF? ASKS NUL ECONOMIST

Following in the footsteps of the European Union (EU) and other regions around the world, African countries are seeking to integrate their economies. This is done in the hope of simplifying and increasing trade between African countries and boosting their economic growth. However, do efforts to bring economies closer together work, at least in the context of Africa? “It worked for Europeans, at least to some extent, but there has been little evidence it could work in Africa,” says Dr Mamello Nchake, an Economics Lecturer at the National University of Lesotho (NUL). 

THANK YOU NUL, PART II

Last week, we promised to reproduce a letter of appreciation written by young bright minds from Africa who did a bridging program in the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Department of Economics. Here is the letter. 

"We express our deepest gratitude to the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and in particular, the Department of Economics for the vigorous face-to-face tuition in Economics over the last six weeks. We don’t know if it is possible to convey in words the sense of gratitude we feel.

NUL'S CLOTHING EXPERT IS LOCALISING LESOTHO’S BIG CLOTHING INDUSTRY

Ms Papali Maqalika-Mokobori, a lecturer at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) Department of Consumer Sciences is doing what others dare only whisper in corridors. She is taking steps to localising Lesotho’s massive textile industry. She and her students are already practising concepts of mass production of clothes and her factory will be part of the much anticipated NUL-LNDC Industrial Park. 

WHY NUL IS DEVELOPING A BIG PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT AND ACCREDITED TESTING LAB

The National University of Lesotho (NUL) is in the process of developing the NUL Product Development and Accredited Testing Laboratory, says Professor Himanshu Narayan, a member of NUL Research and Innovations Committee (NULRIC). It will be a lab of labs, a big Lab. Its mandate is in its name, “product development” and “accredited product testing.” 

A SYSTEM THAT SCARES THIEVES, MONITORS EMPLOYEES AND AUTOMATES HOMES BY NUL GRADUATES

Bad news for thieves and those who are lazy at work! The system initiated at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) which tracks thieves in your yard or house on live video streamed to your cell-phone, is now ready for purchase. It can pick up the thieves’ voices, shock them with alarms and alternating lightsand help you keep an eye on your gossiping employees even when you are away—again, on your cell-phone! It even detects smoke or fire and smses you about it.

NUL’S BED OF WASTE

It is the first bed of its kind in Lesotho, fully made of waste paper—a mix of cardboards and newspapers—no wood at all! But it rivals your everyday wooden beds in strength, texture and looks. It is now being incubated as part of the NUL Innovation Hub and it will soon be produced at large scale in its own factory at the proposed NUL-LNDC Industrial Park. 

Most people look at this bed developed by Setlhare Jane, a Research Assistant at the National University of Lesotho (NUL) and ask, “how can such a giant hard structure be from a mere waste paper?”

THE NUL GRADUATE CUISINE THAT SELLS SESOTHO FOODS

Her company is about the only one that sells traditional Sesotho foods in Lesotho—mocha-hlama, nyaka-fatane, nyekoe, sekele, likahare, motoho, potele, seketsa—you name them. It could be the only one in the world too. That’s why foreigners who visit Lesotho could not be so pleased. They get a treat they will never get anywhere else!