DHET Registration Oversight Delegation Visits UNIZULU

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DHET Registration Oversight Delegation Visits UNIZULU

DHET Registration Oversight Delegation Visits UNIZULU

A Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) delegation, comprised of Zakhele Hlongwane, Meje Setjhaba and Rekha Bennideen, visited the University of Zululand’s (UNIZULU) KwaDlangezwa Campus on 9 February 2024 to discuss the 2024 Registration status update and the state of academic readiness for the institution.  

The delegates were welcomed the University Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Professor Xoliswa Mtose, the Executive Management and the Student Representative Council (SRC).  

This visit is a two-way fold. The first part entails a presentation by the University on items like registration, accommodation, orientation, commencement of academic calendar and lectures.  The second one involves a walk-about campus to observe the infrastructure.

In her opening, Prof Mtose said: “I extend a warm welcome to each member of the delegation from DHET. Your visit today marks an important opportunity for us to engage in constructive dialogue and to provide an update on our preparations for the 2024 academic year.

“Today’s agenda is two-fold: firstly, we will be presenting to you our plans and updates regarding registration, accommodation, orientation programmes, and the commencement of our academic calendar and lectures. We believe it is crucial for our stakeholders to be well-informed about the steps we are taking to ensure a smooth and successful academic year for our students.”

The DHET delegation visit was fruitful with several important discussion points, amongst which were:

Registration: The University provided details regarding the registration process for the 2024 academic year, including timelines, requirements, and procedures to ensure a smooth and efficient registration experience for both new and returning students. Over 4000 FTEN students were registered during the 2024 registration period.

Accommodation: The University shared the updates on accommodation facilities and availability for students, along with the improvements made to accommodate the growing student population.

Orientation: The UNIZULU orientation started on 5 February and concluded on 9 February 2024. This was to welcome new students and familiarise them with campus life, academic expectations, and support services.

Finance: The discussions revolved around financial matters, including tuition fees, payment options, and financial aid opportunities available to students.

NSFAS Related Matters: Updates on National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) processes, applications, and disbursements were provided, highlighting the University’s efforts to assist eligible students in accessing financial support for their studies.

Funding for Postgraduate Programmes: The University discussed initiatives and opportunities for funding postgraduate programmes, including scholarships, grants, and research funding, to support the academic and professional development of postgraduate students.

Commencement of Academic Calendar and Lectures: Plans for the start of the academic calendar and commencement of lectures were shared, ensuring alignment with national academic standards and timelines. The lectures for semester 1 term 1 commence on Monday, 12 February 2024.

After the discussions, the University executives, SRC leadership and the DHET did a walkabout around the campus to view the progress on accommodation and other infrastructure construction projects.

story by Siyanda Mntambo

Picture by James Thwala