MUT Student Development Officer shares his expertise with academics in Ethiopia

Dr Ntuli, left, with other delegates in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Student Development Officer in the Department of Student Affairs, Dr Mthokozisi Ntuli, is now sought after for his special skills in dealing with student-related issues. Dr Ntuli now flies out of the country to share his skills with other higher education institutions.

From 25 – 29 April 2022, Dr Ntuli attended the International Conference on Private Higher Education for Africa, Asia, and Latin America (HEFAALA) Symposium and Masterclass Workshops in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  The International Conference’s theme was ‘Embracing new realities and paradigms: Africa’s Higher Education Response’, while the theme of the HEFAALA is ‘Academic Collaboration in Africa, Asia and Latin America in Post-COVID World’.

Dr Ntuli presented a paper in the International Conference titled, ‘The Emerging South African Model of Student Activism: A lesson for the Rest of Africa and Beyond’.  The paper was presented on 27 April 2022. Dr Ntuli paused during the presentation and advise the audience that the paper is presented on a remarkable day in the history of South Africa as the country was celebrating 28 years of freedom since the demise of apartheid. The audience applauded to honour the day.

The Masterclass Workshops took place on 25, 26 and 29 April 2022. The Masterclass Workshop group consisted of emerging academics and PhD students, who were came from different countries across the African continent and different fields of study.  Masterclass workshops were structured such that they allowed for a presentation by the leader/facilitator on the subject matter, group discussions and presentations by the masterclass groups and inputs by facilitators who were Professors from various fields in higher education.

Dr Ntuli attended all Masterclass workshops and facilitated the Masterclass III on 29 in collaboration with Dr Nangula Iipumbu, of the University of Namibia. The topic of this Masterclass was ‘Overcoming Marginality Through Academic Collaborations’.