MUT kicks-off the academic year

Full house at Seme Hall
Full house at Seme Hall

The iconic Seme Hall was full to capacity as the MUT Vice-Chancellor Dr Enoch Duma Malaza started the 2019 first-year student orientation programme on Friday, 15 February 2019.

Welcoming the new students, Dr Malaza told the more than 2 000 students that they were now masters of their fates. “Unlike your last chapter that was written by others – your parents, teachers, etc, your new chapter at the University will be written by yourselves. You now have an opportunity to determine the direction, the plot and the tempo of your story.  The great thing is that you are doing something that you chose. Take responsibility for your learning, and embrace diversity,” said Dr Malaza.

Dr Malaza told the students that they now have an opportunity to learn new things, acquire new knowledge, and develop new skills and their personal attributes in profound ways that would equip them for life after the University.

MUT departments and divisions took turns on stage, telling the students about what they offer. The speakers included Professor Chandra Jinabhai, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Management Sciences, who told the students what it meant to study a management qualification.

A first-year Accounting student at the Orientation event, Senzekile Gumede, said Orientation opened her eyes to the many opportunities that the University offers both socially and academically.

“Now I know the difference between the University and high school. I have been told that at this level you are on your own. No one will follow you from behind as it happens at primary school level. I also know now that it is important for one to focus on the studies as this may be the only chance,” said Senzekile, who went to Gugulesizwe High School, Scottburgh in the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal.