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SPU welcomes first-year students

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The university was committed to ensuring that they have the requisite resources and support to enable them to realise their dreams and aspirations

SOL PLAATJE University in Kimberley has welcomed more than 700 first-time entering students and their families – the largest group of new students in the university’s seven years of existence.

The welcome event took place on Saturday, with the first session held at 9am in the Library Auditorium on the Central Campus for students in the School of Humanities and the School of Natural and Applied Sciences. The second session was held at 11am, in the same venue, for students in the School of Economic and Management Studies and the School of Education.

In her welcoming remarks, the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jean Baxen, congratulated the new first-year students on making an excellent choice of university. She said that they had made the choice to come to a university that aspires to be at the cutting edge of the intellectual project in a number of ways.

She told the parents and guardians that their children had entered programmes in four schools, each of which is geared towards developing them as thought leaders, future innovators and citizens who will take their rightful place either as employers themselves or as employees who contribute towards the betterment of society.

Baxen assured the students that the university was committed to ensuring that they have the requisite resources and support to enable them to realise their dreams and aspirations.

Sol Plaatje University (SPU) is one of two universities that were established in the new democracy. Its vision is to uphold democratic values, enhance the social justice project and develop students who understand that each has a part to play in the creation of the society they want to live in.

SPU spokesperson Kashini Maistry said yesterday that the first-time entering students in 2020 had come from all nine provinces in South Africa and were registered across the full bouquet of programmes offered by the university. These include: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Data Science, Heritage Studies, ICT and Retail Business Management.

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