“The real value of a good education goes beyond amassing knowledge. Over and above knowledge, what the Durban University of Technology (DUT) has hopefully imparted to you is awareness of what is real and essential to be a good person. As you leave the safe space of a University campus, there will be many twists and turns you have to navigate. In doing so, don’t give up on your values but be willing to adapt to life’s ever changing circumstances,” these are the words imparted by the DUT Chancellor, Ms Nonkululeko Nyembezi.
Her advice was well-heeded by the graduates from DUT’s Faculty of Accounting and Informatics and the Faculty of Management Sciences, who have graduated today.
An ecstatic Siyanda Percy Khuzwayo from the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics received his Degree of Master of Accounting, focusing his dissertation on improving the cost management at the water and sanitation and electricity department of the eThekwini Municipality in KwaZulu-Natal.
Speaking on his achievement, Khuzwayo said one has to sacrifice in order to be successful. ‘’I kept pushing myself because I wanted to further my knowledge and to find more benefits that come with a Master’s Degree,” he said.
He also added that without the love and support from his family, his degree would not have been possible.
Vanesh Naicker from the Faculty of Management Sciences, also obtained his Degree of Master’s of Philosophy in Quality Management. His dissertation focused on: The adoption of lean manufacturing principles in electronics manufacturing: A case of Altech UEC. Naicker believes that students need to continue focusing on their academic studies and widen their knowledge as independent thinkers.
“Students should study further to open up their minds to other things and in the end hard work and persistence will always pull you through this journey,” he said.
Khuzwayo is keen to do his PhD and Naicker is take what he has learnt in his course of study and apply it practically in his life.
Pictured: DUT Chancellor, Ms Nonkululeko Nyembezi, at the Faculty of Accounting and Informatics and the Faculty of Management Sciences graduation ceremony, today.