The international students that enrolled with MUT will always look at the year 2020 with fondness and bit of smile. In a bid to connect international students and to provide support for them to succeed in their studies, MUT hosted a special orientation for international students on Thursday, 20 February 2020.
Students from as far away as Mozambique, Nigeria, eSwatini, Zambia, and Zimbabwe first got a chance to tour Umlazi Township, a trip that included a visit to Ogwini High School as part of the orientation.
However, the highlight of the day for the very excited students was meeting the University Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza, to demonstrate the significance that international students hold at MUT. Third year Electrical Engineering student, Mfundo Maseko said: “We got a chance to inform the VC about our challenges as international students.” For Namile Dlamini, third year Human Resource Management student, meeting the VC was a special moment. “We consider ourselves lucky to have been recognised. This is the first time this happened at MUT,” she said.
The excited Vice-Chancellor welcomed the students, and impressed upon them the importance of having an international perspective when you are student. “I made lots of friends when I was studying overseas, when I came back home people were thinking I was from West Africa because my friends from there gave me a local attire,” said Dr Malaza. Dr Malaza thanked the students for choosing MUT as a place to further their post-matric education, and the international academics who supported the initiative. To ensure the programme for looking after international students continue, Dr Malaza said a portfolio for international students had to be created within the Student Representative Council (SRC), and that the Department of Marketing and Communications must put together a programme that would see to it that international students were well taken care of.
From a formal meeting with the Vice-Chancellor, faculty deans and other University officials, the students were taken to important places they might need as international students. These places included spots where they could find transport to their respective countries. Their last stop was the Fun company at Pavillion mall in Westville. Students enjoyed hours of fun and games which made them feel really at home.