WSU’s Institutional and campus management welcomed parents and first time entering students at the Queenstown Whittlesea site great hall at the weekend.


Honoured by the university’s Vice-Chancellor and principal, Prof Rob Midgley and Queenstown Campus Rector, Prof McGlory Speckman, the event, running for its second time this year, is the first of its kind for the university and currently only practised at the Queenstown Campus. The motivation behind the Welcoming Day is to create and foster a relationship between the university, parents and students.


“As the only university in this region, we are a vital source to the development of the area of Queenstown and its surrounding areas, therefore having the Welcoming Day is our way of being an inclusive campus and showing parents that they too have a voice and responsibility in their children’s university life” said Queenstown Rector Prof Speckman.


Speckman, who also declared the doors of education open at the Queenstown campus for all with the campus having secured new private accommodation for about 800 students, said the day was created to firstly brag about the big successes at the Queenstown campus, one being the building of a new and bigger campus with land given by the local municipality for development.


Prof Rob Midgley, on the other hand, couldn’t stop praising the campus for creating this very important’ event where the university interacts with parents and assures them that their children are indeed at a university dedicated to the growth and being a positive member of society.


“This is a beautiful opportunity, use it and do not waste it. Don’t disappoint yourself” said the VC to the many first time entering students, of which above half are first time generation entering higher education.


While addressing the event, Prof Midgley took the time to address the elephant in all institutions, the funding of one’s education and the declaration of  fee-free education. Midgley said WSU has answered the call to offer first time entering students who qualify for NSFAS and whose parent/ guardian’s  annual income by is within the range declared by the president, “WSU will offer entrance to these students that NSFAS will pay  the university for but will be made as a bursary to first time entering students only.”


Student Affairs Executive Director, Zoleka Dotwana, and Queenstown Campus Student Representative Council president Lerato Tshefu focussed on encouraging the new set of students to be responsible, headstrong but also to enjoy themselves and campus life.


‘Do not be misled by external factors but rather work and play hard, find balance and be a fully fitted graduate. WSU has produced leading names in sports, join one and be part of something big.” said Dotwana.


SRC president Lerato Tshefu wasted no time when addressing students, explaining that they will require energy and strength for the journey they are about to embark on, reminding the students and parents to always communicate if ever in need of assistance but also to enjoy and make it the lifetime opportunity it is, to be part of the WSU Queenstown campus.


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