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Parents and prospective students who wish to
pursue careers in the Health Sciences turned up in
large numbers at Open Day.

The College of Health Sciences (CHS) had an excellent turnout of parents and prospective students who flocked to the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses when UKZN held its Open Day 2013.

The event was a significant indicator of the overwhelming number of applications received from prospective students who wish to pursue careers in the health sciences at UKZN.

A total of 75000 first-year applications were received via the Central Applications Office for degree programmes in the four Colleges of UKZN for 2013, with 48679 being programmes in the CHS, of which 250 were accepted for the MBChB Programme, 61 for Nursing and 512 for other health sciences programmes offered at Westville campus.

College leadership emphasised that the university can only accommodate specific numbers of first-years entering each programme hence students are selected purely on merit; namely how well they perform in their grade 12 final examinations.

The closing date for applications to the MBChB Programme is 30 June and for other health sciences programmes, 30 September.

Professor Sabiha Essack, Dean and Head of the School of Health Sciences, said although it is very competitive to get accepted, parents and hardworking matriculants can rest assured that they would have made the right decision by choosing the health sciences at UKZN.

Essack said cutting edge research informs teaching and evidence-based learning in the health sciences and she mentioned that the College is home to excellent laboratory facilities and state-of-the-art technology.

UKZN’s student-centred approach was highlighted by Dr Saloschini Pillay, College Manager for Student Support Services, who said the College’s Professional Services staff believe in supporting the development of students holistically.

Attendees listened to a host of presentations which reassured them that the College prepares students for exciting and rewarding careers. Health sciences students are trained through experiential learning in rural and urban health settings, and students can look forward to the prestigious Awards and Oath-taking ceremonies which are held in their final year of undergraduate study, in addition to the unique opportunity for presenting research at the local and National Pfizer Research Symposia which are held annually at UKZN.