The Development and Alumni Relations Office at Durban University of Technology believes that continuous engagements and information sharing sessions with alumni is vital for the life blood of the University.
This is the view of the Acting Director of the unit, Mr Zwakele Ngubane who was recapping on the convocation’s annual general meeting which took place in November 2017 at the Hotel School Conference Centre, Ritson Campus. The meeting sought to brief convocation members and give a report on recent developments at the University.
“The AGM, a statutory requirement, provides an update on activities and progress to all its members. It also serves as a platform for the Vice-Chancellor to provide an update from a University perspective as well as an opportunity to engage convocation on relevant matters,” explained Ngubane.
“The President of Convocation, Mr Wiseman Madinane, presented an update on the activities of the executive committee of the convocation working with the department of the Development and Alumni Relations for 2017. “This included feedback on the Missing Middle Campaign, the Women’s Month Fundraising Gala Dinner and the Annual Golf Day held in Gauteng,” added Ngubane.
He also indicated that some of the challenges identified related to a diminished level of engagement and support from a broader alumni base.
“We would like to see DUT alumni coming out to support the University by participating and engaging in events and activities taking place at the University in greater numbers”. He emphasized the importance and the need for alumni to support initiatives of the department and indicated that the department would also be making a greater effort to reach out to alumni and engage them in more meaningful ways,” said Ngubane”
During the meeting, DUT Vice-chancellor and Principal, Professor Thandwa Mthembu also addressed members of the convocation and engaged them on the revised version 2.0 DUT’s strategic plan underpinned by student-centeredness and engagement. Prof Mthembu told the meeting that a review of certain units and departments had been conducted this year and that a broader institutional review would be conducted in 2018.
The meeting was chaired by the Deputy President of Convocation, Ms Sibongile Yaka and was also attended by alumni, staff and other university stakeholders.
Pictured: DUT Staff and Companies that donate to the various initiatives within the department of Development and Alumni Relations