The Durban University of Technology has invited over 850 schools to the open week, where different departments at the University educate matric and grade eleven pupils about the courses offered.
The University started this initiative six years ago. High schools are invited to participate in the Open Day event, where they interact with students and experts on chosen fields. Yesterday, ten high schools with over 500 pupils arrived at DUT to learn more about what they hope to study.
Representatives from Student Counselling conducted a presentation on how to choose a career and the Central Applications Office (CAO) presented on how to apply to the university.
Rodney Maharaj, Student Recruitment Manager said this initiative has been successful over the years and the department has seen a rise in the number of applicants wanting to study at DUT. “This initiative aims to create awareness and for scholars to interact with experts on a face-to-face basis before applying”, he said.
Students are given CAO forms with general information. At each stand, they get detailed specific brochures about a particular course of study. Open Week will run until Saturday 29 July 2012 from 9am until 2pm.
–Nongcebo Khumalo and Nomvula Sikakane
Caption: DUT Student Recruitment Manager Rodney Maharaj assists students from Hopeville High School.