Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) welcomed its first graduands after two years of virtual graduations due to the Covid-19 restrictions. On Monday, 8 August 2022, Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal of MUT, Professor Marcus Ramogale, congratulated students from the Departments of Civil Engineering and Surveying, and Mechanical Engineering for being the first group to graduate in person since 2019.
“You are the lucky ones and there is a reason for the universe to grant this opportunity to you,” Professor Ramogale said.
In his speech, Professor Ramogale paid homage to women and said the University was honouring women. He said MUT was standing firm in its support for women.
“To appreciate this positionality, I wish to recognize the appointment of MUT’s first female Council Chairperson, Ms Sanelisiwe Mnyandu, who received her double qualifications from MUT not very long ago. She also represents you, as graduates of MUT in Council as a member of the executive of Convocation,” said Professor Ramogale.
Professor Ramogale also gave an update on several developments at the University. Among others, he said he was glad to announce that at its last Council sitting, MUT Council approved an Employment Equity Plan.
“This plan will enable us to be more intentional in recruiting the under-represented groups in our workplace,” he said.
Continuing by highlighting women, Professor Ramogale pointed out that the University was continuing to graduate more women.
“This year, we are seeing more women graduate than in any other year. This affirms our strategic intent to emancipate and empower the underprivileged and previously disadvantaged individuals through education,” he said.
The percentage of females graduating in 2022 is 58%, while the men’s is 42%. A total of 1608 female and 1151 male graduands will be capped at MUT’s graduation ceremonies ending on 13 August 2022.
Professor Ramogale said that the University had always believed that education had to transform the lives of all in society.
“It is encouraging to see that women are graduating in their numbers. I am sure that these graduates will take what they have learnt and plough back to their communities,” he said.
Speaking directly to the female graduands, Professor Ramogale told them that they had made the University proud, “particularly because this is Women’s Month”. Professor Ramogale said the achievement cut across all three faculties at the University, where 990 women would l graduate from the Faculty of Management Sciences compared to 453 males, and 308 in the Faculty of Natural Sciences compared to 204 men.
“The Faculty of Engineering remains the only faculty where men lead the numbers with 494, compared to 310 women,” he said.
The statistics in the Faculty of Engineering are like those of 2021.
“I am throwing the baton back to high schools, we are here to encourage them to pay more attention to the teaching of mathematics and science to females right in high schools,” Professor Ramogale said.