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Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Wellington Campus welcomes first-years

Executive management of the university welcome first-year students. Executive management of the university welcome first-year students.

The new cohort of first-year students who are kicking off their studies at the Wellington campus were officially welcomed into the CPUT family during the 2020 welcoming event held in the Boland town.

This annual three-day event which is hosted at the three campuses - Bellville, District Six and Wellington- serves as a spirited communiqué juncture between the new first-year students with their parents, student representative council members and senior management of the university.

The programme of the day saw numerous speakers taking to the stage, including Dean of Students, Prem Coopoo, Vice-Chancellor Prof Chris Nhlapo and Dean of the Faculty of Education, Prof Thobeka Mda.

In welcoming the guests, Nhlapo said; “Welcome to the only smart university in the continent… Your attendance here at the First-Year Welcome Day shows your eagerness to begin your higher education path with us and we are proud and grateful that you have chosen CPUT as your academic partner. In selecting CPUT, you have made a wise choice.

“This institution is one of SA’s leading universities of technology in the mould of Technological University Dublin, Queensland University of Technology, Limerick Institute of Technology and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He added that students will enjoy their student experience underpinned by solid student services, “So much that you will want to return to CPUT for further studies.” In her address, Coopoo said the event marked the beginning of a new life with new routines. “You have entered a lively, challenging, diverse caring and warm community…

“You will make new friends who will become friends for life.”

She added that all students are expected to obey the Code of Student Conduct and the general student rules. Mda added that the students should be proud for being selected for the programme. “And also appreciate the privilege of being selected from the thousands who applied. There is a high demand for this programme. In October 2019 we had 17 000 applications for teacher education, when we have spaces for just 1090.” The first-year student, Edinen Kuiters said: “it’s a lot [of information] to take but people here are friendly, everyone is always willing to help.”

Mario Christians, a parent agreed with Edinen and said: “People here are so friendly; they go out of their way to assist you. They are very warm welcoming more than what I expected.”

Written by Aphiwe Boyce