Walter Sisulu University hosted its annual Open Day for the 2017 academic year at all four campuses on the 16th of August 2017.


Open Day is part of the university’s recruitment programme for High Schools across the Eastern Cape, particularly matriculants.


WSU BCC senior marketing and communication officer Thando Cezula said the turnout for the event was both pleasing and overwhelming for WSU after students came in numbers from Westbank Secondary School, Unathi High School, Toise Senior Secondary School and Sakhikamva High School all in their school uniforms.


Pupils were informed about WSU and the wide variety of courses and student development programmes the university has in place for students to grow not just academically, but holistically to conscientise them of the world they live in.


For the events great success, the university invited high schools operating in rural areas, where pupils do not have access to internet and career guidance.


The drive to schools has assisted many school-leavers as they got to ask critical questions concerning funding of studies, the university environment, accommodation and the required standards to fulfil.


This year’s Open Day, WSU had representatives from academic departments, the Buffalo City Campus Rector Dr Prince Jaca and also the presence of stakeholder like the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA), National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) and the Centre for Learning, Teaching Development (CLTD).


Pupils were treated to exclusive tours to the many different labs at the university where they posed questions on the roles and significance of it all.


“Open Day is a great opportunity for pupils to better understand and familiarize themselves with the University space,” said BCC Rector Dr Jaca.


At the Nelson Mandela Drive Campus, which accommodates the highest number of students across WSU, pupils also came in numbers with Holy Cross High School pulling the biggest crowd. Showcased to the pupils were physical works of the various courses offered and also got to ask questions to academic lecturers and students.


Representing the Faculty Sciences and Engineering, Clash Manamela emphasised the need for the youth to consider getting into the field of Engineering and the Sciences, especially black girls.


The previous Open Day which took place in 2011, was a huge success as WSU received and accepted above half of students that were in attendance, which they also completed their courses in record time.


Educator and mentor, Nokuzola Siwisa said the initiative by WSU to host the Open Day at a time where the pupils are knocking on the doors of final examinations is great encouragement for the learners to aim higher.


WSU Public Relations intern at the MCA office, Sandiswa Mgolozeli, who was also involved in the planning of Open Day said she wishes all the pupils nothing short of excellence and strength as they embark on the final chapter of their basic education lives.


KNR, which is the Eastern Cape’s first online radio platform purely founded by media personnel and former BCM spokesperson Keith Ngesi, broadcasted its weekly show “Jump-Off” live from the Potsdam site, interviewing pupils and also the Rector.


By: Simo Cele


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