Mangosuthu University of Technology is, at this year’s graduation ceremonies, honouring national icons that have chartered the way for change, empowered communities and contributed towards strengthening our bourgeoning democracy.
The five-day event will be held from 19-23 April, 2016 at Seme Hall on the main campus in Umlazi. This year’s graduations will see a record number of over 2487 students graduate. The number of graduands has increased by an impressive 11% as compared to 8% in 2015.
The Faculty of Management Sciences is celebrating a milestone this year as over 1104 students will be conferred with their respective qualifications. The Department of Electrical Engineering will be graduating the most number of students in the Engineering faculty as 256 qualifications will be conferred this year. The Faculty of Natural Sciences has recorded an impressive 14.5% increase in the number of graduands with eight students being conferred with the Post Graduate Diploma in Nature Conservation which is the first for MUT. The qualification is part of the four new qualifications introduced by the institution in 2015.
At graduation, each faculty chooses a deserving individual to honour as part of the honorary awards tradition.
The honourees per faculty:
- Faculty of Natural Sciences: Tuesday, 19 April – Dr Felix Mkhize.
- Faculty of Management Sciences (Departments of Accounting and Public Administration): Wednesday, 20 April – Former Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene.
- Faculty of Management Sciences (Departments of Human Resources Management, Office Technology and Marketing): Thursday, 21 April – PwC associate director, Philani Maphanga.
- Faculty of Engineering (Departments of Chemical and Electrical Engineering and Building) – Friday, 22 April – Engineering Council of SA chief executive, Sipho Madonsela.
- Faculty of Engineering (Departments of Mechanical and Civil Engineering and Quantity Surveying): Saturday, 23 April – Engineering Council of SA chief executive, Sipho Madonsela.
Professional Natural Scientist and Agronomist, Dr Felix Mkhize – the Head of Provincial and State Owned Entities’ at the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry will be honoured for his diverse experience in the sector. He has worked on all levels of agriculture (policy, planning, monitoring and implementation) and has represented the South African agricultural sector on various forums abroad and locally.
On honouring Nhlanhla Nene and Philani Maphanga, the Dean of Management Sciences, Gona Govender said they were identified for their expertise in their particular disciplines and the national contribution they have made in their chosen career paths.
Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) chief executive, Sipho Madonsela will be honoured for his wealth of management experience in the engineering discipline. His core discipline areas include roads infrastructure, water applications and general industrial services.