UKZN Hosts its First Virtual Open Day
UKZN hosted its first Virtual Open Day on Saturday, 19 June.
Open Day is an annual UKZN event aimed at sharing information that will enable prospective students to make an informed choice when it comes to choosing a suitable career path. In the interests of keeping prospective students and University staff safe from COVID-19, the event which usually takes the form of an educational and entertaining exhibition was presented on the UKZN website in the form of informative pre-recorded videos and a live webinar session.
Ms Normah Zondo, Executive Director (Acting) of the Corporate Relations Division, welcomed prospective students, parents and educators and informed them that UKZN is a research-led university that has produced some of the ground-breaking inventions in the world. ‘UKZN prides itself on a culture of excellence which saw the Institution being placed in the top 2.5% of universities worldwide by the Centre for World University Rankings in April 2021,’ she said as she encouraged high school learners to consider UKZN as their Institution of choice.
Zondo added that the international rankings are an important indicator of an excellent institution because they are based on an assessment of key academic and institutional indicators, including research output, quality of education and graduates’ employability.
Dr Upasana Singh, who represented the University Teaching and Learning Office, noted that UKZN remains agile and flexible in its teaching and learning programmes as shown by its transition to a virtual style of learning called online learning. Singh’s presentation addressed concerns regarding online learning and provided clarity on how students can go about studying online. She said: ‘The University is able to make online learning successful for students through its technological advancements as well as the technological tools and equipment supplied to students to enable such learning.’ She added that all UKZN students receive data as well as online support systems to assist them throughout the learning process.
Ms Thokozani Khanyile from the UKZN Information and Application Office explained the applications process while Mr Michael Davids of the Student Funding Office unpacked various funding options available to students, including the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), bursaries, scholarships and loans.
Dr Tanya Reinhardt from the Science and Technology Education Centre at UKZN delivered an interesting presentation on career options in the fields of Agriculture, Engineering and Science which ended with a live science demonstration.
The Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Health Sciences, Professor Sinegugu Duma encouraged those interested in studying Medicine to apply before 30 June due to a high demand for limited spaces.
Professor Ruth Hoskins, Dean of Teaching and Learning in the College of Humanities delivered a presentation titled: Embrace your Originality and make your Passion your Profession with the College of Humanities, which provided an overview of careers one could enter with a qualification in Humanities. The highlight of this presentation was a recorded performance by UKZN alumnus and South African-based singer and songwriter, Ms Nosihe Zulu who has released an EP (extended play album) titled: Emotions Live which is available on iTunes and on www.nosihe.com
Dr Freddy Mnyongani from the School of Law delivered a talk themed: Law is not just for Lawyers, and highlighted a wide range of global careers in maritime law, environmental law, trademark and patent law, constitutional law, labour law, international trade law, criminal law, human rights law, family law, and many others that one could access with an LLB from UKZN.
Ms Shelley Donnelley stressed the importance of mathematics to those interested in a career in Accounting, Economics and Finance.
Prospective students and their parents engaged with academics and administrative staff through a live question and answer session as well as through the webinar chat function.
Due to a high demand for Higher Education, learners were encouraged to work hard to achieve good results in their final Grade 12 examinations as meeting the minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into any of UKZN’s programmes.