The Durban University of Technology hosted a Principals Networking Breakfast at the Golden Horse Casino Hotel in Pietermaritzburg, on Tuesday, 07 August 2018.
The DUT Principals Networking breakfast was aimed at strengthening engagement and building relations with the various schools in and around Pietermaritzburg. This prestigious event hosted by the University’s Student Recruitment department at the Division of Corporate Affairs was attended by representatives from schools such as Carter High School, Pietermaritzburg Girls High School, Raisethorpe Secondary school and Bongudunga High School, to name but a few.
The high school representatives were warmly welcomed by Alan Khan, Senior Director of Corporate Affairs who briefly shared some of DUT student successes with the guests. Other speakers included the current Acting Director of the Midlands Centre, Dr Reginald Thabede, DUT Alumni and Entrepreneur Siyabonga Ndalwane, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement Professor Sibusiso Moyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning Professor Nomthandazo Gwele, with the Department of Journalism’s Advocate Sewlal as the Programme Director.
In her address the DVC: Research, Innovation and Engagement, Prof Moyo highlighted the importance of forging partnerships amongst the high schools and institutions of higher learning in order to improve the sector and address challenges faced by HEI.
“One of the main challenges in Africa is the courses of intellect and access to resources. That is what divides the privileged from the non-privileged. If you have access to internet which is cheap, there is a lot you can do,” she said.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Teaching and Learning, Professor Gwele spoke about the Higher Education Curriculum and New Programmes.
“We would like our students to be critical and creative thinking in the industries. They need to be effective communicators,” said Gwele.
The Networking Breakfast concluded with a short tour of the Indumiso campus hosted by the Faculty of Engineering and the Built environment. Principals sang and chanted in awe of what they gained during the breakfast.
Pictured: Representatives from different Provincial High Schools pose for a picture after the DUT Principals Networking Breakfast.