MUT to cap more female graduands as 2858 are set to graduate

Teddy Ngcobo was one of the women students that graduated last year

Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) is set to continue its trajectory of empowering women with quality education as women dominate the number of graduands at this year’s graduation ceremonies.

MUT will cap a total of 2858 graduands during its graduation ceremonies to be held from 17 to 22 April 2023 at MUT’s historic Pixley Seme Hall. Female graduates account for 57,63% of all graduands compared to their male counterparts at just 42,37%.

Commenting on yet another dominant performance by female students, MUT Acting Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Marcus Ramogale said that the statistics painted a picture of a University that takes its role of empowering the youth with education seriously.

“The fact that more women graduate with a university qualification at MUT than their male counterparts is not in any way a small feat. These figures not only resonate with the national gender statistics but also tell a story of redress through education. MUT is playing its role in the fight for gender equality. When more women graduate with a higher education qualification, the world becomes a better place,” said Professor Ramogale.

Women are overwhelmingly ahead of the pack in the Faculty of Management Sciences, and ahead by a narrow margin in the Natural Sciences. The Faculty of Engineering remains the one area where males account for 62.42% of the 737 graduands to be capped in that faculty.

“Engineering is one of those fields where women’s representation is greatly needed to also change the misleading and sexist perception that males do better in Engineering. We are confident that with the kind of support, we offer our students and the new Engineering Building, along with its infrastructure, more students will get an opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Professor Ramogale.

Meanwhile, this year’s graduation will be the first where newly installed Chancellor, Sandile Zungu, will get to cap graduates. Zungu was inaugurated as MUT Chancellor last month.

All the ceremonies will start at 09h00 at Pixley kaIsaka Seme Hall at MUT’s Main Campus.