NO IN­TERN­SHIP FOR LUCT ME­DIA STU­DENTS

Observer on Saturday - - News - By Non­duduzo Kunene

Limkok­wing Univer­sity of Cre­ative Tech­nol­ogy (LUCT) me­dia stu­dents are strug­gling to find in­tern­ships that have to com­mence next year.

Most of the stu­dents com­plain that they are be­ing sent back by many com­pa­nies in the coun­try, be­cause the in­sti­tu­tion did not com­mu­ni­cate with them about the in­tern­ship pro­gramme.

“I went to one me­dia house in Manzini ask­ing for an at­tach­ment, I did not be­lieve what I heard. They sim­ply told me that noth­ing was com­mu­ni­cated to them per­tain­ing to in­tern­ships from the in­sti­tu­tion,” said one con­cerned stu­dent.

As if that was not enough, one me­dia house is said to have boldly told the stu­dents that it would not ac­cept them. When they asked why they were be­ing re­jected, they were told that they were un­fa­mil­iar with ba­sic knowl­edge so they can­not teach them.

They added that they would­no­tac­cept­stu­dents taught by un­der qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers.

“We were told that we would be a bur­den as we do not know ba­sic me­dia stuffand­taugh­t­byun­derqual­i­fied lec­tures,” said an­other stu­dent.

The stu­dents won­dered about the dif­fi­culty they would face in find­ing jobs after com­plet­ing their stud­ies when it was this hard to se­cure an in­tern­ship. “If we are strug­gling to find in­tern­ships, how guar­an­teed are we that we will be em­ployed after grad­u­a­tion next year,” won­dered an­other stu­dent.

Com­mu­ni­cate

One stu­dent who is not a me­dia stu­dent also stated that he was sent back by one rep­utable com­pany be­cause the univer­sity had not com­mu­ni­cated about any in­tern­ship.

Some me­dia houses did not deny what was said by the stu­dents. One me­dia house lo­cated in Mbabane boldly said that they do not take Limkok­wing in­terns. When they were asked why, they con­firmed what was said by the stu­dents. “Noth­ing was com­mu­ni­cated by the in­sti­tu­tion to us, I can­not ac­cept stu­dents if noth­ing has been com­mu­ni­cated to us,” said one me­dia per­son­nel.

LUCT PRO Lucky Mathonsa said their se­mes­ter five stu­dents were ex­pected to start in­tern­ship next year in Fe­bru­ary. How­ever, he dis­missed the claims that their stu­dents were not be­ing ac­cepted by com­pa­nies. “As of now, we only have se­mes­ter five stu­dents who will be go­ing for in­tern­ship dur­ing their se­mes­ter six, which com­mences on Fe­bru­ary 2019.

We also have a long stand­ing good re­la­tion­ship with al­most all me­dia houses that house our stu­dents for in­tern­ship. Of which a ma­jor­ity of our stu­dents get projects and em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties from,” he said. Mathonsi con­cluded by say­ing they had not re­ceived any com­plaints from organisations about the cred­i­bil­ity of their stu­dents. “The univer­sity is not aware and has not yet re­ceived com­plaints from organisations cit­ing any chal­lenges with re­gards to the cred­i­bil­ity of our stu­dents. We would how­ever be glad to have the name of the com­plainant (com­pany) that lodged the com­plaint so that we li­aise with them and clar­ify any mis­un­der­stand­ing and queries with re­gards to stu­dents go­ing for in­tern­ship and LEAP” he con­cluded.

In­jected

The Limkok­wing in­tern­ship pro­gramme is known as LEAP which is an acro­nym for the Lim k o k wing En­trepreneur­ship Ac­cel­er­a­tion Plat­form. The LEAP in­tern­ship pro­gram­meal­lowsin­dus­try projects to be brought on cam­pus and in­jected into the teach­ing cur­ricu­lum.The­p­ro­gramme was de­signed to en­hance the spirit of en­ter­prise amongLimkok­wing fi­nal year stu­dents. The pro­gramme’s in­ten­tion is to ac­cel­er­ate the growth of en­trepreneurs among grad­u­ates so that they think be­yond em­ploy­a­bil­ityan­dem­braceen­trepreneur­ship, which will in turn cre­ate jobs for oth­ers. About 700 stu­dents are ex­pected to be part of LEAP in­tern­ship pro­gramme.

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