The University of Zululand held a successful Open Day event on Friday. A total of 815 pupils from 19 schools attended the event held at the King Bhekuzulu Hall. While many of the schools were from the Zululand district others came from as far as the uMkhanyakude district in the far north while one school, Elangwane High, came all the way from Mpumalanga Province. The Open Day event is one of the most important events in the University calendar as it not only gives prospective students a glimpse of the University of Zululand but also serves as a platform through which the various UNIZULU departments can showcase the various programmes offered at the University.Those attending also got information on the various services such as financial aid schemes. Apart from the more than 30 UNIZULU departments that exhibited on the day, the Cedara College of Agriculture was present as a guest exhibitor.
The pupils who attended the event, many of them matriculants, expressed their pleasure at having been invited with many expressing interest to study at UNIZULU.The director of Communications and Marketing at UNIZULU, Normah Zondo said: “We would like to thank all the schools that responded positively to our invitation. We extend our invitation to all those schools that were not able to make it, to the Career Exhibitions in the following districts: uThungulu on 20-24 April; Zululand on 11-15 May and uMkhanyakude on 18-22 May. They must consult their district offices for further information.” She said the Open Day event ensured that the learners received “face to face career guidance to help them make the right choice for future studies”. Zondo also gave the undertaking that as part of UNIZULU community outreach programme that school visits will be organised to local schools to educate and provide them with promotional material on University programmes.The event has been growing over the years with the number of pupils who attend the event also growing exponentially each year.