26 May 2016 Volume :4 Issue :24

UKZN hosts Successful 2016 Open Days

UKZN hosts Successful 2016 Open Days
Aspirant students attend UKZN Open Days.

Aspirant students from Durban and Pietermaritzburg heard about degrees and programmes on offer at UKZN when they attended Information Open Days.

Some of the learners, eager to make informed decisions about future academic career choices, attended with their parents and teachers.

Attending the College of Humanities Open Day were matric learners from Skofill High School, a deep rural school in Underberg. They travelled for three hours to get to UKZN. This was also the first time the learners had visited a university and were thrilled at seeing the library and the rest of the Westville campus. The learners were accompanied by their teacher and UKZN alumnus Mr Sanele Kunene who sees the event hosted by UKZN as essential for learners. He said, ‘It makes me happy seeing how happy they are.’

Skofill High School learner Ms Nelisiwe Sibetha added, ‘This is my first time here at UKZN and I love it. I really want to be a social worker. Being here and getting to know about all the degrees and admission requirements has made me realise that I want to study here. My teacher Mr Kunene is the best for bringing us here and making us see that we can make it.’

Potential students came as far as the Free State and the outskirts of KwaZulu-Natal to attend the College of Health Science’s Open Days at Pietermaritzburg and Senate Chamber in Westville.

The pupils and their parents were treated to health screenings and presentations by the College’s professional and enthusiastic MBChB Pharmacy and Sport Science students. 

Clad in their discipline-specific uniforms, students shared their university experience with pupils and promised to welcome them next year. The students were given an opportunity to engage with the parents and prospective learners at the College’s exhibition tables which made the event a tremendous success.

In Westville Sport Science students and in Pietermaritzburg 5th year Medical students conducted health screening on the days respectively. Pharmacy students prepared posters which enticed attendees to find out more about the programmes the College offers. The students gave compelling testimonials which were well received by the audience listening to the presentations inside the venues.

Prospective students expressed their interest in the College of Law and Management Studies by coming in their hundreds to attend the College’s Open Days in Pietermaritzburg and Durban.

This influx of pupils, parents and teachers looking to be informed about courses offered by the College travelled from as far as Jozini to attend the event at Westville. This interest resulted in the College having to repeat its presentation programme owing to popular demand.

Mr Norman Mpya and Mr Khulekani Zondi told the audiences about how the Law School adopts the slogan: Law is not just for Lawyers - meaning that the School equips students with knowledge that does not limit them to a legal career but rather opens up endless opportunities as the School has produced politicians, policy makers, leaders in society and even entrepreneurs. Ms Shelley Donnelley spoke about setting realistic academic goals and opportunities available to students within the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance and Dr Msizi Mkhize from the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance closed the presentation with an interactive maths show that quizzed and delighted the audience.

Last but not least, the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science pulled out all the stops to entice potential students to study for a career in one of these fields.  Academics and postgraduate students outdid each other to have the most alluring, exciting and interactive stand on offer.  Flashing and fluorescent chemicals bubbled, balls balanced in mid-air, flames shot skywards, hovercraft hovered, robots ran around, rain gauges dripped, plants were dissected, and anything from fruit, fish and geological formations were examined under the microscope.  For anyone looking for an exciting, hands-on career, they knew immediately that UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science would be the right place to study. 


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