MUT recognises staff for academic achievements and long service

Academic, Dr Asogan Gounden, right, has served the University for 30 years. He receives a certificate from Dr Johan van Koller, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Resources and Planning

As it has become customary at MUT, the end of the year is also time for the University to not only recognise staff who have attained postgraduate qualifications in the year in question, but  also  those who have given MUT loyal service through the long service awards.

In a Staff Year-End function held at eBandla Hotel and Conference Centre, a mere 20-minute drive north of King Shaka International Airport, staff cheered and celebrated as their colleagues received awards.

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Teaching and Learning at MUT, Dr Manayane Makua, highlighted the significance of staff attaining their postgraduate and terminal qualifications. He explained that MUT staff and academic staff, in particular, owed it to their students to hold even higher qualifications.

“Our students deserve to be taught by lecturers with Masters and PhD qualifications,” Dr Makua said. “They must have the confidence that comes with knowing that they are being taught by experts in their fields.”

Dr Makua was congratulating staff who attained qualifications ranging from Honours and Postgraduate Diplomas to Doctorates.

Dharamraj ‘Baboo’ Brijlal, Senior Director of Human Resources and Development, had the honour of awarding staff for their loyal service to MUT. These awards recognised staff who have served the University for 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 years of service. The highlight of these awards was three staff members who were recognised for having served MUT for 30 years. Equally impressive were 11 staff members who served MUT for 25 years, with a combined 275 years of service.

Professor Nokuthula Sibiya, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Innovation and Engagement, closed the awards section by recognising a team of researchers who were honoured for their stellar research work just a few months earlier. She also received a nod for her recent NRF rating.