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Eleven lucky students from the Department of Information and Communication Technology at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) were recently awarded bursaries worth over R1 million together with laptops by the renowned IT company, International Business Machines (IBM).   

Faculty of Accounting and Informatics’ Technical and Community Engagement Representative at DUT, Ms Ugeshni Moodley said the applications for the bursaries closed on 12 November 2020.  She said IBM was looking for DUT students registered for the Bachelor Degree in ICT, Advanced Diploma in ICT and Post Graduate Studies in ICT. Moodley said IBM was looking specifically for ICT students who had not received NSFAS or any other bursary funding for the 2020 academic year. To be considered for funding, Moodley said students had to produce proof of income of both parents which was not to exceed R450 000 per annum, a minimum 70% aggregate in Maths and Science and 60% average for English was required from Grade 12 results for first year of study in 2020. Meanwhile a 60% aggregate was required from prior years of study for entry beyond first year of study.   

“Congratulations to all the students who received the bursaries from IBM. IBM used their own criteria to select ICT students for the bursaries. Students applied to us in the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics.  I screened applications to ensure they met the criteria and then forwarded to IBM. The IBM panel viewed the applications and sent through the list of students they shortlisted from applications sent through,” said Moodley.   

Last week, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics based at DUT’s Ritson Campus in Durban invited the selected students for a handover ceremony.  

Speaking at the ceremony, Professor Oludayo Olugbara, Executive Dean: Faculty of Accounting and Informatics expressed his gratitude to IBM for providing sponsorship to a group of his students. He said 18 students applied for this scholarship but only 11 were successful.  

“We would like to thank you for your hard work that you have put in to actually get this scholarship. This scholarship is offered by IBM to support your future at the Durban University of Technology. For all of you, this scholarship will cover your tuition fees, it will cover your accommodation, your meals and your books.  The faculty is very happy for you and we do hope that you will be a good ambassador of this faculty and the university. We expect you to come back and make contributions in the faculty in terms of the projects that we have,” said Prof Olugbara.  

He urged the students to support the faculty and ensure that their impact is felt at DUT. Prof Olugbara congratulated the students once again and thanked them for making the faculty proud.  

The lucky students are: Siboniso Ngubane , Samkelisiwe Ngema, Sabelo Zungu, Thabiso Khanyile, Ntandoyenkosi Zungu, Sibusiso Mkhize, Siphamandla Mthimkhulu, Katleo Rantle, Lungisani Zikali, Mncedisi Makhaza and Ngcebo Zulu.  

Speaking on behalf of the students, Ntandoyenkosi Zungu, thanked IBM for providing financial assistance to help them shape their careers and improve their lives for the better. He also thanked their faculty for coming with projects to assist students and for giving them an opportunity to apply for this sponsorship.  

Pictured: The group of ICT students who recently received IBM bursaries together with Faculty of Accounting and Informatics’ Technical and Community Engagement Representative, Ms Ugeshni Moodley and Faculty of Accounting and Informatics, Prof Oludayo Olugbara.  

Simangele Zuma  

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