Press statement from Durban University of Technology
Three Tourism Management students from Durban University of Technology (DUT) will jet off to Germany’s Tuebingen University in January 2011. Daphanie Naicker, Sanele Jwara and Ahmed Mponda are currently completing their second year of study and are eager to embark on their four week bursary programme.
The programme was launched ten years ago and is funded by Tuebingen and Stellenbosch universities. As a prerequisite, students were chosen based on their academic performance across their subjects, including German Language practice.
Programme co-ordinator and German language lecturer, Gisele Sudheim said the proactive initiative has sponsored the students board and lodging costs, with flight tickets being sponsored by DUT.
She said the students are proud to be granted the opportunity to represent the university and South Africa. Germany has one of the largest non-English speaking populations in the world and Sudheim is confident her students will gain a lot of exposure from the programme which will enhance their learning experience.
She said: “During their stay, the group will participate in various activities, including tuition, entertainment, excursions, cultural and language orientation. The students however, will be paying a proportion towards the cost for extra activities and have been advised to carry their winter woolies in preparation for cold seasonal change in Germany, in January. As part of the bursary programme the students will interact with exchange students from other countries and they are expected to deliver a presentation on lifestyle and culture in Durban and across South Africa.”
Umlazi resident, Jwara said going to Germany is a fantastic opportunity to gain a greater understanding of cross cultural beliefs and lifestyle which will in turn enhance their leadership and interpersonal communication skills.
Bonela resident, Naicker is keen on working within the hospitality sector and enjoys events management. She said: “This is an exciting opportunity to travel to a country which boasts some of the largest tourist attractions”. Mponda comes from the small town of Ixopo and currently resides in Greyville. He is excited about his future career prospects which will be given a boost with his participation in the programme. Mponda is particularly interested in German engineering and timing skills.
For more information, please contact:
Programme co-ordinator and German Language lecturer
Mobile: 084 419 8808
For interviews, please contact:
Daphanie Naicker: 074 952 2240
Sanele Jwara: 073 366 2271
Ahmed Mponda: 076 443 1391
DUT Media Officer
Mobile: 083 299 7972
Office: 031 373 2845