Enrolling to study at university can be a daunting task for a youngster who has just passed their grade 12 examination. The university is a very different environment compared to high school. Being aware of what the new students have to contend with, particularly at the beginning of the academic year, the First-Year Experience led by Arthi Ramrung from the Teaching and Learning Development Centre (TLDC), met on 9 and 10 November 2022, to plan for 2023.
Ramrung said the task team, which comprised representatives from Student Counselling, Housing, Campus Health Service, Sports, the Registrar’s office, faculty representatives, the e-Learning division, the Department of Information Technology and Networks (IT&N), TLDC, Student Academic Advisors, Department of Marketing and Communications, Department of Co-operative Education, Financial Aid Office (FAO), and the First Year Experience (FYE) Coordinators, met to identify ways in which they could work together to provide a consolidated support system for the new students. Ramrung said that “as we break down silos that exist, the team has identified ways in which we can collaborate and focus our support on our new students”.
Ramrung said there were “exciting” new activities that were being developed to support the students. The year 2023 will see the launch of a few new exciting additions to the FYE programme,” she said. One of these new programmes is the Getting Prepared for Success (GPS) programme. Ramrung said the GPS is intended to be a draw card for all potential new students, “as we help prepare them for academic success at the university and beyond”. In 2022, one of the new events was the My MUT, My FYE student Expo. This event flows from the University’s general orientation as a means to allow students to become more aware, engaged, and actively involved in preparing for their academic journey. In addition, the FYE team has developed a webpage to inform both potential students and newly registered students about the team’s activities.