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
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.