STUDENT WELFARE AND SUPPORT DIVISION HOSTS ORIENTATION FOR FIRST YEAR STUDENTS
Despite challenges experienced by the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in late enrollments of students, the Student Welfare and Student Division held an orientation ceremony for 500 first-year students. The event was held on the 20th of October 2021 at the BA ISAGO Convention Centre.
The event started off with an address from the Managing Director, Mr. O B Gabasiane, he mentioned that though the new DTEF online sponsorship system might have caused delays and challenges to students wishing to enroll in the institution he is pleased with high enrollment numbers. He advised students to enjoy their freedom from parents and guardians responsibly, to be accountable for their actions, and also exercise responsible freedom. He further encouraged students to enjoy their academic journey in the university by joining and making use of sporting activities and clubs offered by the university. He further cautioned them to be innovative adults after graduation that can solve socio-economic issues of the society and country. Concluding his remarks, he said that one of the fundamental values of the institution is Botho and they should therefore uphold it in all they do. Speaking on the current COVID-19 pandemic he cautioned students to adhere to precautions set at all times to avoid infections and infecting others.
President of Academic Affairs, Professor A Mosha cheered on the students to study diligently for the betterment of human capacity and contribution to society. He also assured them that the Professors’ and lecturers’ doors will always be open for them for academic assistance. Addressing the students, Dean Student Welfare and Support Services. Dr. C Tidimane said that his division is at all times present to assist students in whatever issues they may face. He explained that the division provides health and wellness services, career guidance services, psycho-social counselling, leadership training, and sports and recreation activities amongst others. As a testament to COVID-19, he had been in the ICU care for 5 weeks in the hospital, he warned them to be cautious at all times as the virus is very deadly though restrictions have been lifted. He concluded by wishing all students well in their studies and a pleasant stay in the university. The event was concluded by a campus tour for the students to appreciate amenities and the ever-green incredible landscape of the campus.