Over 12 000 learners and over 140 schools will visit the Durban University of Technology during its Open Week expo from Wednesday, 18 May 2016, to Saturday, 21 May 2016.
The event, which is being held at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre, DUT Steve Biko Campus, is held annually where the University extends an invitation to schools in and around KwaZulu-Natal’s grade 10 to 12 pupils to assist them in making informed choices on their future careers.
Pupils will also be exposed to the University’s departments of Student Counseling, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Student Housing as well as the Central Applications Office which will also be available to assist pupils with their financial aid queries and applications.
Excited about being part of the event, Lucky Msabala, a grade 11 pupil from Zithokozise Higher Secondary School in Dududu, South Coast, said his interest in the expo was to get more information on the courses available for him. “I want to see which career fits best to the subjects that I am good at and which of my subjects will give me a good chance to get into a tertiary institution like DUT,” said Msabala.
Meanwhile, Tasha Munsamy of Fairbreeze Secondary School, Tongaat, said she is more into Drama and Production Studies but was also curious about what other courses she can explore within the Faculty of Arts and Design should Drama Studies not workout for her. “I have seen great performances from alumni of DUT who studies Drama and Production Studies at DUT. I have heard of the work of the Faculty of Arts and Design from my neighbors who study at DUT. Through the things I have seen and heard, my interest to come and study at DUT’s Drama Department has grown,” she said.
High schools that will attend Open Week will also be informed that by the year 2017, all diplomas will be phased out and the new Degree programmes will be phased in. Already, this process has commenced in 2016 with a few programmes already being phased in such as the Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc: Diagnostic Radiography, BHSc: Nuclear Medicine to name but a few).
Some of the schools that attended day one of the event were Orient Islamic School, Sastri College, Fairbreeze Secondary School and Zithokozise Higher Secondary School. All schools attending the expo each received a DUT promo DVD titled: DUT FOR YOU. This DVD is designed to give pupils an overview of the undergraduate programmes available in all six University faculties.
– Noxolo Memela
Pictured: High schools pupils from different schools at the Fred Crookes Sports Centre for the University’s Open Week expo.