The Durban University of Technology Residence Life office under the Department of Student Housing and Residence Life, hosted a Residence Advisors (RA) and Students Residence Assistance (SRA) training induction workshop at the Riverside Hotel last Saturday (7 April 2018).
The aim of the training induction workshop was to equip RA’s and SRA’s with information to improve student experiences within DUT residences.
Guest speaker at the event, DUT’s Acting Director of Development and Alumni Relations Zwakele Ngubane, said it was vital to focus on the importance of hosting such an induction workshop in order to enhance student life and experiences.
“Our department is very interested in ensuring that our students at residences are full enriched in every aspect, especially when they are not busy with their academic work,” said Ngubane.
Ngubane further acknowledged that there were a number of challenges that were faced by RA’s and their SRA’s in achieving full student life experiences in residences.
He said that as a department their vision is to be a leading unit within DUT in advancing the University’s strategic goal.
“Every unit and departments has a role to play in ensuring that the overall strategic goal is achieved. The housing department has its own role and the RA’s within that have theirs in ensuring that DUT’s fundamental principle, which is student centeredness, is met,” said Ngubane.
DUT’s Senior Residence life officer, Phumlani Mnyango urged RA’s and SRA’s to work together in moving forward the mandate of the office to bring about a positive and memorable student experience for DUT students residing at the University’s residences.
Mnyango also stated that his office aimed to introduce gender balance in the leadership positions they had offered to students as well as implement programmes that catered to the needs of all DUT students.
Pictured: Mbuso Kunene (DUT SRA) with Sphelele Zondi (former DUT student)during the RA’s and SRA’s induction training.