The United Nations Association of South Africa (UNASA) UKZN chapter was launched recently at the Howard College Theatre, making UKZN one of three universities in the country to have a UNASA chapter.

UNASA is a non-governmental organisation, the aims and objectives of which are to support the principles, goals and programmes of the United Nations (UN) and its agencies.

According to the Chairperson of UNASA-UKZN and postgraduate student in Criminology, Mr Samuel Fikiri, the local chapter aims to encourage and facilitate research, organise conferences, and initiate programmes that raise awareness about the United Nations and its work.

‘The UNASA Chapter is considered a milestone for UKZN because it opens a network to students to attend conferences at national and international level. It is a way of advertising UKZN as a research institution and markets the University to the rest of the world,’ explained Fikiri.

Fikiri also said it gives UKZN students and all its members the opportunity to be connected to the country and to the rest of the world.

‘Students will be able to put into practice some of the knowledge gained in their modules when dealing with people and will also have the opportunity to improve and develop different skills and experiences once involved in the activities and projects of the chapter.’

Students, who wish to participate or become a member of the UNASA-UKZN Chapter, will need to fill in a membership form and pay a membership fee of R25.

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