THE Moses Kotane Institute (MKI) awarded bursaries to 65 students from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) at an event hosted by the University last week.
Speaking at the ceremony chairperson of the board of MKI, Dr Sakhile Ngcobo said the DUT bursary recipients were part of the 149 students that were provided with an opportunity to pursue their dreams in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) related fields.
“We urge the MKI bursary recipients from the Durban University of Technology (DUT) to find their role in tackling the issue of unemployment in our country. The partnership between MKI and DUT commenced in 2010 and has grown over the past seven years. This financial year MKI will fund 65 students in the fields of: Electrical engineering, Nautical studies, Information Technology, Civil Engineering, Biotechnology and Mechanical Engineering.
Thabiso Simamane, who is one of the MKI bursary recipients said: “I’m really humbled, but at the very same time I’m proud of myself for being associated with MKI. My desire is to make MKI proud, for reaching out to us as we are previously disadvantaged students from deep rural areas and most of the time we are hardly exposed to opportunities like these.”
Simamane is one of the students selected by DUT based on his academic results to attend the International Summer School Africa programme that is hosted by the Shanghai Maritime University in China. He hopes that his experience will motivate more learners, particularly from his hometown KwaNzimakwe in Port Shepstone, to pursue careers in STEM.
Since inception, an estimated 4 184 out-of-school youth have been trained in various skills development programmes and an estimated 894 students have been afforded an opportunity of accessing scarce skills at tertiary institutions, In addition, MKI supported 80 875 learners in the areas of Mathematics, Life Science, physical science and English through the Matric Intervention Programme. MKI continues to partner with various organisations including the SETA’s, Universities, Samsung, COGTA and others to enable access to STEM-related education and skills training opportunities.
Pictured: Prof Suren Singh (DUT Faculty of Applied Sciences Executive Dean), Thabiso Simamane (MKI Bursary recipient), Mr Leon Govender (Maritime studies HOD), and Dr Sakhile Ngcobo (MKI Chairperson of Board).
Article Source: Berea Mail