Change the world

George Campus

15/04/2016

Nelson Mandela University’s April 2016 graduation season commenced on a high note at the Civic Centre in George with no less than three graduation sessions (6, 7 and 8 April) during which a record number of students were awarded postgraduate degrees, undergraduate degrees, national diplomas and higher certificates in four faculties - Science, Business and Economic Sciences; Education; and Engineering, the Built Environment and Information Technology.   Overall about ten percent of Nelson Mandela University George graduates gained their qualifications with distinction.

In an inspiring address, Prof Derrick Swartz,  Nelson Mandela University Vice-Chancellor, appealed to the graduates to look beyond their own self-actualisation and to use their ideas or careers to help build a better future and create opportunities for the next generation - to change the world so that it becomes more socially just and inclusive of all the peoples who live in it. He urged the graduates to “uncompromisingly stand for the values of Madiba” and to give back to society as brand custodians and alumni.

Science Faculty

The Science Faculty rendered about 60% of the George Campus graduates this year with excellent growth at BTech-level where a third of the Science graduates across the Agricultural Management, Forestry and Nature Conservation programmes qualified with BTech degrees - 15% with distinction. The National Diploma Agricultural Management rendered the largest number of George Science Faculty graduates, followed by the niche programmes – Forestry and Nature Conservation – along with Game Ranch Management and Wood Technology.

New Higher Certificates

The introduction of new qualifications at the George Campus during the past two academic years also saw the first set of students qualifying with the Higher Certificate IT in User Support Services; as well as the Higher Certificate in Veldfire Management (HCVM) where 16% of the students, mostly part-time candidates, achieved the qualification Cum Laude.

Boost for Business

Students who graduated with one of several qualifications within the Business and Economic Sciences Faculty – notably a variety of highly commended and sought-after BCom degrees (Accounting for Chartered Accountants; General Accounting; General: Business Management and General: Economics), as well as the versatile National Diplomas in Management, Marketing or Tourism Management, also represent a boost for business in the region and beyond.

Education stars

The BEd (Further Education and Training) George graduates represented the single largest group of graduates, with 22% of this excelling group attaining the degree with distinction.

 

Masters of their subject

George Campus lecturing staff in the faculties of Education, Business and Economic Sciences and Science, were also amongst the Master’s graduates capped in George.

These included the George Campus' Academic coordinator for the Education Faculty,  Mrs Nicola van Zyl, who was presented with the degree, Master of Education (Research); BCom Accounting Lecturer, Ms Catherine Fourie who received the degree Master of Commerce (Coursework) and Botany lecturer and postgraduate George student, Ms Jama Mashele who, with her qualification in Master of Science (Botany) is also ploughing back her knowledge and expertise as the most recently appointed lecturer in the School of Natural Resource Management at the George Campus.

Ms Fourie’s treatise investigated “FAIRNESS AND EFFICACY OF THE PENALTY PROVISIONS IN THE TAX ADMINISTRATION ACT NO. 28 OF 2011”, while Ms Van Zyl’s dissertation investigated “…THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MATHEMATICAL KNOWLEDGE FOR TEACHING AND SELF-EFFICACY BELIEFS OF PRE-SERVICE MATHEMATICAL LITERACY TEACHERS”. Ms Mashele’s dissertation focused on “CROP YIELDS FROM ORGANIC AND CONVENTIONAL FARMING SYSTEMS IN SOUTH AFRICA'S SOUTHERN CAPE”.

Students who graduated in George with the degree Master of Technology in Nature Conservation (Research) included Peet Botes, Donovan de Swardt, Andrew Jackson and Samantha Mc Culloch.  Their interesting research projects had, respectively,  focused on the management of Chacma Baboons in a peri-urban environment; the effects of Mopani Worms on soil nutrients in a nature reserve in Limpopo; investigating the effectiveness of microcatchments at enhancing transplant performance in Nama-Karoo riparian ecosystem restoration; and the assessment of three public-sector agencies with regards to absorptive capacity for responding to environmental change.

George Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, expressed his pride and joy at the outstanding achievements of the young “Madibaz” for attaining this special milestone in their lives.  He also thanked all Nelson Mandela University staff for the important role they play in shaping “sustainable futures leaders”

 

BCom graduates celebrating their success with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson (centre, back) and lecturer and BCom Master graduate, Ms Catherine Fourie (centre, front).

 

Higher Certificate IT in User Support graduate, Natalie du Plessis, who is also the Admissions Officer at George, flanked by colleagues Magda Eybers (left) and Elise Labuschagne (right), Desmond Scholtz (Examination Officer, back, f.l.t.r.), the Executive Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga, Prof Quinton Johnson, Campus Principal, and Mr David Alexander who heads up Academic Administration at George Campus.

 

Education graduates (BEd FET-degree) with the Campus Principal, Prof Quinton Johnson, and Dr Bridget Johnson (to his right), Abrie de Swardt (front left), staff member Melony Oliphant, and education master’s graduate and lecturer, Ms Nicola van Zyl (front, centre) who graduated with the undergraduate students.

 

Proud pair…  Master’s graduates Nicola van Zyl (MEd) (left) and Catherine Fourie (MCom).

 

The first group of  George graduates who qualified with the Higher Certificate Veldfire Management, with the Executive Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga, Prof Quinton Johnson, Campus Principal (back, centre) and lecturers Hannes van Zyl (front, third from left), Tiaan Pool and Gerhard Engelbrecht.

 

Science Faculty master’s graduates Peet Botes (f.l.t.r.), Jama Mashele, Samantha Mc Culloch (second from right) and Andrew Jackson (far right) celebrating with the Executive Dean of Science, Prof Azwinndini Muronga and Prof Quinton Johnson, Campus Principal.

 

 

Science Faculty master’s graduates, Samantha Mc Culloch, Peet Botes, Jama Mashele, lecturer/supervisor Bianca Currie, Andrew Jackson, and (seated) Prof Christo Fabricius and Prof Raymond Auerbach. 

 

Forestry Lecturer, Andrew McEwan (centre) with BTech cum laude graduates Ullrich Hechter, Noxolo Ndlovu, Lindo Dlamini and Jason Mennell. 

 

Mrs Magda Eybers from Academic Administration (centre) with Marketing graduates Lesego Moteane (left) and Anathi Masebeni (right).