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New International students with UKZN staff
members during Orientation.

Newly-arrived international students based at UKZN’s Westville campus were encouraged during an Orientation experience held recently to take advantage of all the services and activities offered to them by the University and the city. 

The words of encouragement were from Executive Director, Corporate Relations: Mr Lesiba Seshoka, who said internationals should learn more about South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal, the culture and the East Coast. He then wished them well during their stay.

Mr Len Mzimela, Director of University Relations at Corporate Relations, gave a brief overview of the activities internationals could look forward to at UKZN and in the province. He also advised them to take advantage of the events planned by the International office.

Some of the available services presented to students included Risk Management Services, Campus health clinics, societies and sporting clubs, medical health representatives, FNB banking, eThekwini Municipality facilities, and an HIV/AIDS Centre.

Regional Marketing Manager at the eThekwini Municipality, Mr Melusi Khumalo, highlighted places that internationals could visit and learn about heritage routes, wildlife and the landscape of the province. He promised to take the students on a city tour in the Ricksha Bus.

Dr Prem Ramlachan, Head of the Westville campus International Student Office, encouraged international students to participate in intercultural and integrative events hosted by the office.

Students were taken on a campus tour. Other visits included a trip to malls to do shopping.  

Students at the Orientation were from about 15 different countries and included post-doctoral research fellows, postgraduates, undergraduate, and exchange and study abroad students.