Parents continue to support the State of University Address

Parents listening intensely as University officials address them
Parents listening intensely as University officials address them

For the fourth consecutive year, MUT parents still support the   State of The University address, (SOTU). On Saturday, 11 May, executive management took time to appraise parents of developments within the university. Parents listened to reports from a various divisions of the University – the Executive Management, Finance, Operations, and Student Affairs.

First was the Vice Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza. After thanking the parents for making time for the meeting, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, gave the reasons for the postponement of the meeting that was supposed to be held early in the year. The VC then updated the parents on what was happening at the University, and the University’s long-term plans in the form of the Strategic Plan 2020-2025. Like all others that followed after him, Dr Malaza pleaded with the parents to take part in the education of their children.

Professor Marcus Ramogale, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, illustrated the importance of the parents’ role in the education of their children. “You are one vital part of the four-legged table. The table won’t do its function if one of its legs is missing,” said Prof Ramogale.

Muzi Khumalo, Senior Director: Operations, gave a detailed report on the state of the University’s infrastructure and future plans regarding infrastructure.

Mbukiso Zuma from Finance spoke about the importance of parents honouring their children’s debt for the sustainability of the institution. He explained to parents that student debt threatened the existence of the university.

Thembi Kweyama, Dean: Student Affairs, informed parents of some of the services that her department offers to students and the challenges her department encountered.

In return, parents engaged with university representatives on their presentations and used the opportunity to check the status of their children’s finances.