New Principal Programme Officer at School of Clinical Medicine
Ms Nonhlanhla Precious Mqadi has been appointed as the new Principal Programme Officer (PPO) for the School of Clinical Medicine.
The former Academic Development Officer (ADO) said she was enthusiastic about her new position as it promised new experiences and interesting challenges for her.
‘I look forward to waking up and going to work as each day presents a new challenge. The undergrad and postgrad teams have thus far made my experience a pleasant one – they are very dedicated and professional people who would go the extra mile to ensure our clients are happy.’
Mqadi plans to ensure efficient processing of student academic administration and the correct dissemination of information to students, parents and the public. Furthermore, she aims to align the University’s academic policies and procedures with that of the School.
‘We are a University which takes great pride in ensuring our training standards are world class and I feel it is my responsibility to uphold these standards and encourage and challenge young scholars to work to their full potential.’
She hopes to streamline processes to ensure efficiency and effectiveness. ‘I plan to contribute to making UKZN’s Clinical Medicine School the institution of choice for those who want to pursue undergrad or postgrad studies. Having gained insight through lecturing, co-ordinating a programme and being involved in student administration, l believe l will make a positive contribution to the School.’
Working as an ADO at UKZN and at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) in the Department of Dental Technology as a Lecturer, she gained valuable experience in engaging with undergraduate and postgraduate students and staff members. ‘It is through this engagement and participation that I have realised the impact that academic institutions have on young scholars.’
She obtained her first qualification in the field of Dental Technology in 2004. This motivated her to pursue her studies further in the field and she completed her Masters degree.
In order to bring a new dimension to her career and to align herself with her future aspirations, she obtained a Management degree through DUT in 2011.
Her newly found interest in management and business administration led her to pursue a MBA degree at UKZN.
Mqadi described herself as an enthusiastic and self-driven individual who enjoys challenging new frontiers.
‘Facing new challenges inspires me to excel in everything I set my mind on doing.’