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The Durban University of Technology (DUT) International Education and Partnerships (IEP) unit, in collaboration with EThekwini Municipality, International and Governance Relations Office, University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) International Office and Durban Tourism hosted a City Tour for international students last week Wednesday, 8 March 2023.

The official 2023 international students’ orientation was held on the ML Sultan Campus. Prior to this and the Durban city tour was one of the activities of the orientation. These activities constitute the students being acclimated to their surroundings. It forms part of Internationalisation at Home initiatives, that do not only sensitise students of the local context but further offer the DUT community at large with an opportunity to be exposed to Internationalisation at Home. The merge of activities between DUT and UKZN also offers international students an opportunity to share their individual experiences from their respective institutions and make friends with people whom they relate with the most.

Philiswa Mncube; DUT International Students Relations Officer commented on the success of the internalisation initiatives.

“We are grateful to Ms Thabile Mngomezulu and Mr Eric Apelgren for the continuous support towards our internationalization initiatives. The DUT IEP is happy to welcome the 2023 first year international students and exchange students and further thank them for choosing DUT as their study destination,” said Mncube.

One of the students, Johannes Andreas from Namibia expressed his views on the Durban City Tour.

“The tour was educative and wonderful. I have learnt a lot about the rich history of the city, the challenges the city is facing, as they were explained to us, as well as the plans put in place to address those challenges,” he said.

Ms Moddie Gono, the President of the International Students Organisation (ISO) also added her views on the tour.

“DUT came highly recommended by a good friend, Dr. Faith Matiza Ruzengwe who is now an Alumni. The institution has its good days and sides where it fosters an environment for student growth and tries to attend to student needs. DUT tries to provide a home for International students. The tour was really great, an eye opener to different parts of Durban other than the campuses where we do our lectures and all,” she reiterated.

The IEP unit engages with students on a number of activities that would assist them in the long term as they adjust to the new surroundings, with that they are grateful to receive so much support from the City of EThekwini and the neighbouring Universities. These collaborative initiatives will immensely improve the students’ experiences both academically and socially. If they feel included, they will be confident to contribute and participate. DUT’s ENVISION2030 encourages inclusivity and diversity for all.

Pictured: DUT International Students during the City Tour.

Photographer: Khulasande Tshayile.

Nikiwe Sukazi

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