The International Education and Partnership (IEP) Department held a farewell cocktail function on 21 November 2019 at Ritson Campus, Courtyard Theatre, for all final year International students who are about to embark into a new chapter in their lives.
“Going back to your home country will create conflicted emotions, as you will start to look back on what you have experienced and accomplished as a DUT student,” said Janntje Böhlke-Itzen, Head of Department: International Relations in Germany.
Böhlke-Itzen further said: “I would like to congratulate all of you for your independent academic achievements, you have achieved something that goes beyond your life. I hope all the skills and knowledge you acquired at DUT will assist you and shape your future,” she said.
Ms Lynn Pfumvuti, a Masters Student from Zimbabwe, expressed her experience as an international student. Initially she had a challenge of finding an accommodation as she was coming to a foreign country with no family but she is now grateful for all the love and support she had gained from the International Student organisation (ISO), an organisation that deals with issues of international students.
During the event, the 2018/2019 (ISO) executive committee were awarded certificates as a token of appreciation and the new Executive team for 2019/2020 was introduced. Philisiswa Mncube: International Student Relations Officer said it was a pleasure working with the 2018/2019 executive committee. “There were moments where it was hectic but I enjoyed each and every moment with you, and whatever you contributed towards making our stay better, we appreciate it so much,” she said.
In closing, Ms Carol Newman: International Education Officer, said “I would like to thank all the international students for choosing DUT, you add value to us and always remember that South Africa is your second home,” she said. She also thanked everyone who ensured that the event was a great success.
Pictured: International Education and Partnership (IEP) staff and students at the farewell.