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3000 students make UNIVEN a University of their first choice

The University of Venda Auditorium was full to its capacity during the official opening of 2013 Orientation of the first year entering students. The event took place on Tuesday, 28 January 2013. The schools specific Orientation programme will continue until Friday, 01 February 2013.

The Orientation was officially opened by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic, Prof Xikombiso Mbhenyane. Prof Mbhenyane said “Opportunities are many for you to become immediately engaged with our community, and we encourage your active involvement in the academic, co-curricular, and mission-driven programs of the University”. Prof Mbhenyane advised students who attended the Orientation to adjust themselves wisely in transition from schools to the University. The main purpose of orientation is to provide new students with the information, support and resources necessary to begin their academic journey.

The SRC President, Mr Andisani Mathelemusa conscientised new students regarding the new life on campus which others regard as „freedom and total independence?. In his speech Mr Mathelemusa indicated that students should achieve their first post-matric qualification since today a degree is regarded as a minimum qualification for a better life. Mathelemusa urged students to live a healthy life characterised by knowing their health status. Mr Mathelemusa further advised
students to use the SRC services in a fruitful manner. He thanked students for making UNIVEN, a University of their choice.

Ms Mukhathu Nkuna, who is the Assistant Director of Finance, highlighted to students procedures on how to apply for NSFAS and other bursaries. She further urged students to make good use of notice boards and take care of them in order for information to remain accessible to all other students.

The Director of International Relations, Mr Cornelius Hagenmeier explained how his Office assists and works with international students. Mr Hagenmeier invited all international students to approach his office when they encounter problems that include Home Affairs in issuing study permits or providers of medical insurance. The International Relations Directorate is also responsible to drive internationalisation and promote international opportunities. Mr Hagenmeier also encouraged international students to attend orientation session for all first entering international students which is scheduled to take place on Friday, 08 February 2013.

Dr Clever Ndebele, Director of the Centre for Higher Education Teaching and Learning (CHETL) informed students about the mandate of the centre which is to initiate, co-ordinate and promote programmes and services which are intended to address the challenges facing academics and students in achieving expected
outcomes of teaching and learning in higher education. Dr Ndebele invited students to the Vice-Chancellor?s Student Academic Excellence Awards that will be held on Thursday, 31 January 2013, during the official opening of the 2013 academic year.

The official opening was also attended by senior managers. The Dean of the School of Agriculture, Prof Ainamensa Mchau welcomed the students while the Dean of the School of Human and Social Sciences, Prof Mokgale Makgopa proposed a vote of thanks.

Campus Health Peer Educators performed educational drama which was aimed at advising and educating new students about sexually transmited infections as well as HIV/AIDS.