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UKZN’s oldest graduate’s tale of grace and great triumph

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Dr Elizabeth Martiny graduated with her PhD in Religion and Theology from UKZN.
Dr Elizabeth Martiny graduated with her PhD in Religion and Theology from UKZN.

Dr Elizabeth Martiny graduated with a PhD in Religion and Theology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Aged 71 years old, she is the oldest graduate from the University. She is ecstatic to get her PhD and still feels young at heart. However, her life’s journey was fraught with difficulty at the onset when she contracted polio as a child. This did not stand in the way of realising her dreams.

This reality positioned her inner vigour to seek spiritual meaning for life experiences, not just for herself but also for others. Martiny started her professional journey as a teacher in elementary school and special education.  This kick started her journey into therapy. Specialising in the depeth psychology of Carl Jung. Today she runs her own private practice as a Jungian analyst.

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UKZN’s oldest graduate’s tale of grace and great triumph