College of Law and Management Open Days a Roaring Success
Hundreds of prospective students expressed great interest in pursuing courses offered by the College of Law and Management Studies at its Open Days held on the Westville and Pietermaritzburg campuses.
The annual information events provide an opportunity for academics and staff from the College to engage with prospective students, their parents and school teachers about various study opportunities, entrance requirements and scholarship possibilities.
School of Law academics, Mr Norman Mpya and Mr Khulekani Zondi, who spoke on the topic: "Law is not just for Lawyers" told audiences about how Law School equips students with knowledge that does not limit them to a legal career but rather opens up endless opportunities, pointing out that the School has produced politicians, policy makers, leaders in society and entrepreneurs.
‘Former South African Chief Justice Sandile Ngcobo and the current Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng are products of UKZN’s Law School and walked the same corridors that we hope to see you walk on as part of your path to achieving greatness. I enjoy law, especially international law because I love knowing about the laws of other countries and studying law has allowed me to be an expert in that field and it can do the same for you. You can explore environmental law, family law and even tax law if you enjoy working with numbers, the possibilities are endless,’ advised Mpya.
Ms Nomalizo Dyili, Ms Lindiwe Kunene and Mr Nigel Chiweshe of the School of Management, Information and Governance spoke about the various academic programmes offered within the school and careers in the business industry.
Becoming a Chartered Accountant in South Africa was the topic of School of Accounting, Economics and Finance Senior Lecturer, Mr Leo Deodutt and the School’s Coordinator of the SAICA Accounting Programmes, Professor Phil Stegen who highlighted the benefits of pursuing a career in chartered accountancy and why students should strive to be the future leaders of South Africa’s economy.
Mr Joseph Jere, who is the Co-ordinator of the BCom Foundation Programme within the College's Teaching and Learning Unit emphasised why it is important for students to be aware of the support structures available to them so that they could benefit from enhancing their proficiency and academic performance through these programmes.
Participants also enjoyed a video presentation about a student’s perspective of studying at UKZN while College staff were on hand to offer career guidance, answer questions and supply marketing material.
Khulula Dladla, a Grade 12 pupil from Wyebank Secondary School, said the event helped her in finalising her career choice.
‘When I walked into the university I was not sure about what I wanted to do but thanks to the speakers I am now know without doubt that my future is in chartered accounting. The event is very useful because choosing the right career is vital and you can only do that if you have the knowledge,’ she said.