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Univen registration gets a thumb up from Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana

The honourable Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Mr Mduduzi Manana accompanied by senior members of his staff, visited the University of Venda on Tuesday, 15 January 2013.The aim of the visit was to evaluate and assess the impact of the “Apply now/Khetha Career Guidance Campaign’’ aimed at encouraging matric learners to apply early for admissions at the institutions of higher learning to avoid long queues at the beginning of the year. The event which was held in the University of Venda Council Chambers, was attended by among others members of Council, senior management and SRC members.

The Vice Chancellor and Principal, Prof Peter Mbati welcomed the Deputy Minister and assured him of UNIVEN’S core project.

The Deputy Registrar, Mr Humphrey Mugwedi made a presentation on selection and registration of students.’’ As part of registration management plan and in particular to reduce long queues, 300 computer stations were made available for online registration’’, said Mr Mugwedi. He reported that there are 1 834 first year students who have been admitted as on the 14th January 2013 while late application for admission goes on. He reiterated that the target for new intake remains at 3000 in order to maintain the 11 000 target for 2013. He concluded with a reminder that the last date for registration is the 26 of February 2013.

‘’We are here as an attempt to assess the impact of our Apply now/Khetha Career Guidance Campaign launched last year in June following a tragedy in University of Johannesburg in which a parent lost her life during stampede while assisting her son to register’’ said Mr Manana. Again, the visit was to find out challenges related to registration of new students and also to show support during this difficult process. He commended Univen for the growing student enrolment numbers, infrastructure development, increased graduation and pass rates. While acknowledging good relationship between the SRC and management, he encouraged student leadership to continue to engage management in a more responsible manner on issues that affect the student body such as bursaries.

Mr Manana paid a courtesy visit to students who were busy registering online and wished them well in the 2013 academic year. He encouraged them to use this facility as it is aimed at shortening registration process and also to reduce long queues. He also interacted with first time entering students who were on queues. All students who interacted with the Deputy Minister confirmed that registration process was much faster due to the on-line registration which has been introduced this year. Mr Manana later visited the Disability Student Unit to get an eyeful of available facilities and equipment. Ms Tshifhwa Mbuvha, Head of the Disability Unit, explained to the Deputy Minister that the Disability Student Unit (DSU) supports students with various disabilities including: visual, hearing, physical, speech impairment and chronic diseases (diabetes/epilepsy). Mr Manana had an opportunity to interact with some final year disabled students and motivated them to enrol for post graduate studies.

Mr Gadisi, Material Production Technology Practitioner, demonstrated to the delegation how some technological facilities inside the Unit operate. The delegation was impressed with the quality of the technological equipment available to assist students living with disabilities in the Unit.