DUT stu­dent sup­port ini­tia­tives driven by stu­dent­cen­tred­ness and en­gage­ment

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THE De­vel­op­ment and Alumni Re­la­tions depart­ment at the Dur­ban Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy (DUT) was es­tab­lished to fur­ther the ad­vance­ment needs of the univer­sity through the mo­bil­i­sa­tion of re­sources and sup­port from var­i­ous univer­sity stake­hold­ers. The Alumni Bur­sary Fund and the “One Meal, Once a Day” pro­grammes were ini­ti­ated as a means to sup­port DUT stu­dents who are in need of as­sis­tance.

Th­ese ini­tia­tives are aligned to the DUT Strate­gic Plan 2015-2019, ver­sion 2.0. The plan is driven by two im­per­a­tives: stu­dent-cen­tred­ness and en­gage­ment. Th­ese are the threads that con­sti­tute the fab­ric out of which DUT is cre­ated - the AD­VER­TIS­ING FEA­TURE two strands in its DNA.

The plan speaks of one of DUT’s pur­poses as be­ing the im­prove­ment of the life chances of our stu­dents. As a stu­dent-cen­tred and an en­gaged univer­sity, DUT has com­mit­ted it­self to pro­vid­ing its stu­dents with the kind of learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment that helps them grow in­tel­lec­tu­ally, so­cially and emo­tion­ally.

To make a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards th­ese ini­tia­tives or for fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, con­tact Zwakele Ngubane via e-mail at zwake­len@dut. ac.za or on 031 373 3020. • The Alumni Bur­sary scheme aug­ments the cur­rent Na­tional Stu­dent Fi­nan­cial Aid Scheme’s al­lo­ca­tion to DUT, with a spe­cific fo­cus on stu­dents that fall be­tween the cracks ei­ther due to in­suf­fi­cient funds or in­ad­e­qua­cies in the na­tional al­lo­ca­tion cri­te­ria. • The “One Meal, Once a Day” ini­tia­tive is the univer­sity’s dic­tum for a feed­ing scheme cam­paign to as­sist needy stu­dents across DUT cam­puses. The project was con­cep­tu­alised in or­der to pro­vide needy DUT stu­dents with at least one meal every day. A swipe card sys­tem as­sists stu­dents with ob­tain­ing th­ese meals from the cam­pus cafe­te­ria, pro­tect­ing the stu­dents’ dig­nity while en­sur­ing ef­fi­ciency and trans­parency in manag­ing the project.

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