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Registration at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) only starts on the 16 January 2012. The University however, is already abuzz with activity.

Prospective students who did not apply through the Central Applications Office (CAO) have arrived at the institution in droves to find out if their matric points can earn them a space into the university or whether there is still space for them to be enrolled.

DUT administrations clerk Alex Mdletshe, who is helping prospective students with their queries, said he has seen over 100 people since this morning. However, Mdletshe is confident that registrations will be hassle-free. “Next week’s registrations will go smoothly, in an organised fashion. We will implement phase one of the online registration system for two of our six faculties. Those students who can register online have already been notified,” said Mdletshe.

Senzo Zondi, 21, who will study Analytical Chemistry at the ML Sultan Campus said he loves DUT. He said he applied to the university because it has a good reputation of offering hands on learning. “I love DUT because they help you in getting your in-service training unlike some other institutions. My sister who did not study at DUT is sitting at home with her degree because she can’t find in-service training,” said Zondi.

Third year Biomedical Technology student Catherine Chili, 20, said she recommends studying at DUT to any first year student. She attributes this to the “top level of education” offered by DUT.

“DUT is awesome, it has willing people. I love the poetry sessions and the drama at the Play House which is awesome. But besides that, DUT has dedicated lecturers, things are tops here,” said Chili.

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