Academic excellence was honoured at the Durban University of Technology’s EAP department during its Annual Awards ceremony held recently at the Hotel School, Ritson Campus.
The Extended Curriculum Programme (ECP) students were given awards for their outstanding achievements in the field of Accounting. The ECP Programme, through a purposeful and structured set of learning experiences provides students with the academic foundations necessary for them to succeed on the regular programme. The focus of these provisions is on structuring student academic development, integrated into the overall curriculum rather than as add-on interventions. The provisions are intended for long-term student success and graduation, and not to just address access.
Head of Department Dr Lulu Jali addressed the students, reminding them that they were equipped well enough during the past four years and should convert the acquired skills into practice. She encouraged students to start small businesses dealing with Tax returns and the like, being their main discipline.
Giving some parting words of wisdom to the students was guest speaker-Dr Nokhuthula Mavela. Dr Mavela is from the department of Homoeopathy and the current Golden Key International Honour Society DUT chapter president.
“We all have equal opportunities in life but it is about how determined, focused and hardworking one is in order to be successful, our backgrounds and situations should not hold us back it is rather a matter of sacrifice, fortitude and perseverance,” she said.
In her closing remarks she urged the students to carry the same spirit of excellence as they enter their respective industry or as they pursue further studies.
Mary Mutanda – ECP coordinator congratulated all the students for reaching this milestone and soldiering on for four years. She said this was a celebration of the successful achievement and completion of their diplomas. She encouraged students to come back and advance their qualifications while they can. Mutanda also spurred them to put their skills acquired to maximum use by venturing into entrepreneurship which is being driven by DUT vice-chancellor and principal Professor Thandwa Mthembu and the Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement Professor Sibusiso Moyo.
Rounding up the event, class representatives Whitney Sambo and Zamaziya Sibeko thanked their ECP lecturers, Mrs Mary Mutanda, Mr Hinesh Purbhoo and Mr MC Siyaya as well as the HOD and the university for giving them the opportunity to enter university, which they believe would not have happened, had it not been for this programme which allows them to enroll to university with lower points.
Pictured: Head of Department Dr Lulu Jali with (Best achiever- Internal Auditing), Siphephile Mchunu.