Top performing students from the School of Built
 Environment and Development Studies (SBEDS)
 awarded for their hard work.

The School of Built Environment and Development Studies (SBEDS) awarded its top students from undergraduate to postgraduate levels during a glitzy ceremony in the UKZN Innovation Centre recently.

Students from all six disciplines within the school – Architecture, Development Studies, Community Development, Housing, Population Studies and Town and Regional Planning – were dressed in their best for the special occasion where they were recognised for their hard work.

‘It feels great to be given this award because it represents all the hard work and effort I have put into my studies,’ said Master of Architecture award recipient, Mr Lucien Glass.

Speaking at the awards function, Dean and Head of the School, Professor Thokozani Xaba, reflected on Goal 5 of the University’s Strategic Plan: to be ‘an institution of choice for learners’.

‘One way we can become such a university is to acknowledge and celebrate students’ excellent achievements. Accordingly, the aim of the ceremony was to recognise the excellent achievements of some of our students and to encourage others to aspire to such excellence,’ said Xaba.

He pointed out that the school used strategic funding to support postgraduate students – honours, masters and PhDs. The aim was to improve this support in accordance with the allocation for next year.

‘The school is prepared to support such students in any way we can, within the given financial and resource constraints.  For those students with an appetite for excellence, we promise our support every step of the way.’