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Westville graduate earns a spot at Oxford University

Aaron Naidu is headed to the UK to pursue his Master's Degree at Oxford University due to receiving six dean's commendations throughout his years of study for a Bachelor of Science in Data Science and a Bachelor of Science Honours in Statistics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

WESTVILLE resident Aaron Naidu has been rewarded with a scholarship to study at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Naidu recently graduated summa cum laude with a BSc Honours in Statistics from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. His scholarship appointment comes after Naidu was awarded six dean’s commendations throughout his years of study for a BSc in Data Science.

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His schooling career and accolades date back to his time as a learner at St Henry’s Marist College in Durban. He always loved maths and was also a top chess player. His family attends Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Westville, Durban, where Aaron participated in LifeTeen.

In 2016, he began his high school studies at Eden College in Durban where he excelled in the annual Maths Olympiads, travelling to Brazil in 2017 and to Bath, UK, in 2019, representing SA in the International Maths Olympiad. He also represented KZN in the South African Junior Chess Championships for five years.

In his matric year, he was undecided about what area to focus on at university, and his school principal arranged a meeting with the Dean of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science at UKZN. Once Aaron learnt of Data Science, he knew that this was what he wanted to study, and he enrolled for a BSc degree. In 2023, after graduating summa cum laude, he was awarded a scholarship as the best third-year student, and he enrolled for a BSc (Hons) degree at UKZN.

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He is both honoured and excited about moving to the UK to begin his master’s degree. His family is proud and supportive of this great honour. His father, Dr Sean Naidu, his mother, Dr Anoshini Moodley, and his brother, Jaedon, who is now in his third year at UKZN, studying toward a BSc in Data Science, all join in his joy and wish him a successful and exciting stay in Oxford.

Aaron will be off to Oxford in September to begin his studies.

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