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With various faculties and a host of support services all accommodated under one roof, the Nelson Mandela University’s Open Day(s) hosted at George Campus on 4 and 5 May were enthusiastically embraced as an opportunity to explore what the university has to offer.

Despite transport challenges brought about by the enduring strike in the bus transport sector, close to a  thousand visitors, including school groups, educators, individual learners, TVET students from various campuses in the region, parents and other visitors made use of the opportunity to engage with current students, lecturers and staff from the university’s support units over the two days. While most of the visitors came from George and the surrounding towns, quite a number of visitors came from as far as Mpumalanga, Gauteng (Pretoria), Cape Town, East Londen and Port Elizabeth to, amongst others, obtain information about the niche programmes offered at the George Campus and to experience in person this unique campus of Nelson Mandela University located in the heart of the picturesque Garden Route.

Furthermore, information on the university’s programmes and services were shared with thousands more through a live broadcast by Eden FM (streamed live on the internet) of interviews conducted with academics, student leaders and other professional and support units from the campus on 4 May, between 09:00 and 15:00.

Learners and guests were invited to an orientation session where valuable study information was shared before they actually visited the Open Day stalls.  Those who had already made up their minds to study at the university were assisted by the university’s Admissions Office to submit their applications for 2019 studies online. Learners were also assisted with a pre-screening evaluation to assess if they met the criteria for the particular programmes they are interested in, or were advised of alternative options if necessary.

As is customary, stalls were also adjudicated in terms of the professional execution of the exhibit, and how well they managed to get across the essence of the particular programme or service represented. The adjudicating team included Ms Lorinda Hakimi, Manager of the George Museum, Mr Zolani Sinco, Editor: Idinga and Journalist at Group Editors Media; and Mr Pedro Oliphant, Manager for Economic development at the George Municipality.

The Nature Conservation and Game Ranch Management Stall (School of Natural Resource Management, Faculty of Science) managed to scoop the first prize, with School of Accounting (Faculty of Business and Economic Sciences) claiming the second place, followed by the stall of the Veldfire Management programme, like Nature Conservation another niche offering of the university within the School of Natural Resource Management.

The George  Campus Principal (acting) Mr David Alexander  (left) congratulating a delighted Dr Jan Venter (third from the right), Programme Coordinator for Nature Conservation and Game Ranch Management, and members of the student team on duty at the winning 2018 Open Day stall, George Campus,  on Saturday 5 May  -  Amoure Robinson, Eileen Jooste, Marita Burger, Tiaan Strydom and Zanri Schoeman.

Fun with Accounting… Programme Co-ordinator for BCom Accounting, Mr Ewayne Le Roux (centre), and B Com Accounting students, Athenkosi Tyiwa (left) ; Ayanda Xulu (2nd from the right) and Allistine Arends with the Campus Principal (Act), Mr David Alexander.  Their stall (School of Accounting within the Business and Economic Sciences Faculty) was selected as the first runner-up during the university’s 2018 Open Day at George Campus.

Top Veldfire Management Management student 2017, Matthew Kingma, who is currently enrolled for the Forestry programme at Nelson Mandela University George Campus, and fellow Veldfire Management student Even Eshile Kwake, with Mr David Alexander and the Programme Co-ordinator for these two programmes, Mr Tiaan Pool.

Tourism Management: Dr Takalani Ramukumba, Programme Co-ordinator for Tourism Management keeping learners spell-bound during their visit to the Open Day held at Nelson Mandela University, George Campus.

Dr Sue Petratos, Director of the School of ICT, all the way from Port Elizabeth, with Ashleigh Brown (School of ICT PR intern), Amanda Jaggers (School of ICT PR intern), first year Higher Certificate IT (User Support Services) students  - Lamla Nqose and  Sino Njamela; and Asavela Ndzondzo (ICT Technician/Part Time lecturer at the university’s George Campus).  The team shared information on the university’s variety of programmes within the IT sphere, including the Higher Certificate IT (User Support Services) which was successfully introduced at the George Campus two years ago.

George Campus Student Council Chairperson, Obi  Udochukwu, and fellow members of the Student Council sharing information to aspiring young “Madibaz” all the way from Uniondale.

Ms Lungisile Magoso (George Campus Library and Information Services) engaging learners about the wealth of information and resources accessible to students at the Campus Library.

The Student Housing Team were on standby to provide information on accommodation to learners at Open Day, and “Teddy” assisted in getting the message across that the university’s Student Housing Unit was all set on helping them feel at home, away from home.  Pictured with “Teddy” are (front) postgraduate student, Evidence Siwela, Siphosihle Nzewuza, (back) Sinesipho Mketo and Anathi Masebeni (Student Housing).


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