The new Convocation Executive, elected on 7 December 2019, was officially introduced to the MUT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Enoch Duma Malaza during discussions that took place on 22 January 2020 in Durban. Dr Malaza used the opportunity to detail MUT Strategic Plan 2025, the ‘Diamond’ as it is called, to the Convocation Executive.
Dr Malaza said the main goal of the Diamond was to align MUT with all the demands of the present century, and ensure the University was relevant to the era. At the centre of the vision is to provide appropriate education that would empower University graduates to make a mark in all aspects of life; as leaders, innovators and as people that care for their community – a lesson the University hopes to inculcate by working with its immediate communities. Dr Malaza also appealed to the Convocation leaders to familiarise themselves with what was happening at the University by communicating with all levels of the MUT community. “Visit us from time to time. Talk to students. Be exemplary to them. Let us all make being in the township an advantage by empowering our students and our communities,” said Dr Malaza to the Convocation Executive. “A convocation is the life and soul of an institution; it’s like fire that burns eternally. Your role is bigger than just being alumni.”
The President of Convocation, Sandile Dlamini, said they welcomed the Vice-Chancellor’s views and were more than prepared to work with the University management to make a difference at MUT during the next four years of their tenure.