UFH Launches 2020 Orientation Programme

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UFH Launches 2020 Orientation Programme

On 22 January, the University of Fort Hare officially kicked-off its First Year Orientation Programme to welcome and introduce first time entering students to the university.

Hosted by Student Affairs and  Institutional Advancement, the orientation programme unpacks the university system to newcomers,  This includes an introduction to the culture, values,  educational support and opportunities available to them.  

The first leg of the programme will take place over a course of four days in East London (22-25 January) and then proceed to Alice Campus from 30 January to 1 February.

On day one,  first year students filled the Nursing Science Building to the rafters. Clad in UFH branded T-Shirts,  students listened attentively to messages of support and advice shared by speakers.

First to address them was Mr Malinge Gqeba,  Dean of Students, who commended students for choosing the University of Fort Hare. “You have made a good decision by joining our esteemed university where excellence is guaranteed.”

Siphelo “James” Nqabeni, President of the Student Representative Council delivered a heart-warming welcome message and shared some valuable advice. “Do not let your past experiences hold you back.  Just stay focused on your goal of obtaining your degree.”

Students were also fortunate to be addressed by a notable alumnus, Mr Thando Mpulu,  who is the CEO of the Black Business Forum. He advised students to take control of the future from day one. “The power to change your situation is in your hands,” he said.

Delivering the keynote address, Prof Renuka Vithal -  DVC: Academic Affairs, encouraged students to take advantage of every opportunity made available to them.  “You are now the master of your own life destiny. You get to decide what kind of person you become."

The formal programme concluded with a vote of thanks by Prof Nokwethemba Ndlazi,  DVC: Institutional Support,  who thanked students for choosing the University of Fort Hare as their study destination.  

The afternoon session of the programme was dedicated to the library team who advised students about services available at all university libraries.