School of Engineering students recently had an opportunity to interact with staff and Engineers from Unilever during an Open Day on the Howard College campus.

Students were given information on the different manufacturing plants at Unilever, bursary and vacation initiatives and employment opportunities. They also received a variety of Unilever products.

Dr Prathieka Naidoo, Discipline Leader of Chemical Engineering, said the Unilever Engineering Open Day was very popular with students.

Ms Presheen Gungaparsad, Process and Innovation Engineering Manager at Unilever Personal Care, said: ‘It’s been a wonderful experience and an opportunity to engage with engineering students at the doorstep of our operations.’

‘Our aim is to foster a closer relationship with the University’s School of Engineering and contribute meaningfully to the development and education of the next generation of professionals.  This is one of many initiatives that Unilever’s South African Supply Chain Academy has planned for UKZN for 2013.’

Final year Civil Engineering student Ms Siphindile Shoba said: ‘The Unilever Open Day created a great amount of hype among engineering students and students from other Colleges. The representatives from Unilever provided us with valuable information pertaining to vacation work, bursaries and recruitment and we hope that they will continue to visit our University.’

Postgraduate Mechanical Engineering student Mr Yatshamba Daniel Kubelwa said: ‘We are fortunate that a multi-national company like Unilever took time to visit students in Engineering. As a postgraduate student, I hope to see more research opportunities from Unilever at our University.’