MUT Open Day attracts record number of students

Dr Malaza mingling with the learners from different schools
Dr Malaza mingling with the learners from different schools

Despite his busy schedule on Tuesday 07 May, second day of MUT’s Open Day, the MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza was able to come down to Seme Hall to witness history in the making as thousands of students turned up for the University’s most popular Open Day. This was Dr Malaza’s first Open Day since joining the institution last year.

“I am very impressed by the organisation of the event. Even more impressive was the number of learners that attended the event.  I have been informed that about a 1000 learners attended on the first day. Also, it was nice to know that University of KwaZulu Natal used MUT Open Day as their benchmark,” said Dr Malaza. More than 2000 learners from 27 schools visited the exhibition stands manned by the different MUT academic departments and support divisions.

“The learners can now take informed decisions about the courses they want to study as they prepare for their future,” said Dr Malaza.

Through the Open Day event University creates brand awareness upon the learners, teachers and external stakeholders like DHET, SETAs, CAO, eThekwini Municipality, etc. “In our contact with learners when we do schools visits and exhibitions we always notice that learners do not know much about what happens at schools beyond grade 12.  We use the Open Day to close that gap by giving them as much information as possible. We offer them a chance to get the information from the horse’s mouth as it were, our lecturing staff,” said Zama Sishi, director for Stakeholder Relations Management. “The planning of the Open Day is premised on working smart and saving the University finances. We plan well in advance and collaborate with the Cooperative Unit so that we could share resources. We also collaborate with eThekwini Municipality. In this regard, we got the municipality to transport learners even as far afield as Hillcrest and Umbumbulu. This is very cost-effective”, said Zama Sishi, director for Stakeholder Relations Management.