A Durban academic, now based in the United States of America who was one of the first students to graduate from the University of Zululand said she was overwhelmed by the developments she has witnessed at the University whilst on her visit recently. She was happy about the infrastructure projects that will cost R550 million over five years.
Dr Winnie MaNgcobo Emoungu (73), from eMvuzane in Clermont near Pinetown, has congratulated Professor Fikile Mazibuko for the progress made “especially at the institution managed by a woman”.
Dr Emoungu, a Washington DC resident, uttered these words in company of fellow women graduates who obtained their degrees in the 1960s.
Explaining the architectural designs to the visitors, Professor Mazibuko said the architects used building designs influenced by the East and Africa.
Professor Mazibuko said the development that is taking place is meant to address the ever increasing number of students in the institution. “At the moment we have 16 000 students. The research done revealed that we should have this number of students in the year 2020 but we have already reached that number,” said the Vice-Chancellor.
She also explained that the large portion of the funding to develop the University came from the R1.3 billion provided by the Department of Higher Education and Training under Dr Blade Nzimande. “This money was used to fund those universities that were ignored by the apartheid government,” said Professor Mazibuko.
Some of the former students who studied at the University of Zululand when it was established in the sixties
Front from left: Professor Fikile Mazibuko, Vice-Chancellor of University of Zululand, and Dr Winnie Emoungu who studied at the University from 1961
Picture: Fraser Mtshali