Guests received a warm welcome from the staff of the College of Law and Management Studies at a Parents’ Day event and Orientation Day on its three campuses.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College, Professor John Mubangizi, delivered the keynote address in which he gave parents an overview of the University’s many exciting research, community outreach projects and teaching and learning initiatives which have earned UKZN global recognition.
Speaking about the events, College Dean of Teaching and Learning, Professor Kriben said:
‘It was pleasing to note that we had a significant increase in the number of students who attended this year’s Orientations on the three campuses and that the hard work of the co-ordinators in the Teaching and Learning Unit and of all the presenters paid off.
‘We have obviously also learned from minor glitches which we will rectify for next year. Staff handled the Orientation with zest and creativity.’
Parents used the opportunity to engage with staff, including the Deans and Heads of Schools, on various matters needing clarity regarding their children’s education.
Parent and UKZN alumnus Advocate Humphrey Ndaba said Parents’ Day was very helpful for him as it provided vital information he could use to guide his daughter in making sound academic choices.
First year students also received guidance on academic and social issues. The College Academic Leaders unpacked the many programmes offered while staff from the Professional Services sector gave invaluable information on how to adapt to University culture – vital for new students to make the transition from high school to tertiary education.
First year Law student Ms Siphesihle Ngcobo said she was excited to be at UKZN but also a bit apprehensive about the level of hard work involved.
‘I enjoyed Orientation because I now understand what is going to be happening this year, what I need to do and the opportunities available,’ she said.
UKZN Alumnus Mr Mbusiswa Ngcobo, a Chartered Accountant and Business Manager at Standard Bank, addressed students on the Westville campus highlighting the importance of networking and participating in various University clubs and societies.