NMMU gearing up for new academic year


ALL roads will lead to Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) on Saturday 24 January when close to 6000 students and their families attend the official Welcoming Ceremony and Faculty Meet and Greet sessions.

The event, which will be staged at various venues at the university’s North, South, Second Avenue and George campuses, precedes the two-week orientation for all first-year students and gives students and parents an opportunity to view facilities and meet NMMU staff.

For many the new student year begins on Friday 23 January when first-year students who have been accepted to stay in residence move into their NMMU accommodation.

More than 5 800 first-time entering undergraduate students had been admitted to NMMU by 8 January, compared to 4 388 last year. The former figure is expected to climb as late applications are still being processed.

NMMU Vice-Chancellor Prof Derrick Swartz will welcome students and parents to the university at 9am from the Indoor Sports Centre while being beamed into all other venues via live streaming.

Faculty deans will also address students before staff interaction.

NMMU encourages parents to attend these events as they offer great insight in terms of academic expectations and, in particular, registration.

Emphasis is also placed on encouraging first-years to attend the academic orientation programme to learn how to make a success of their stay at NMMU. Specially trained senior students (How2 Buddies) from each faculty facilitate the programme.

The orientation programme consists of academic, wellness, career, financial and social/cultural sessions and provides an ideal opportunity to meet fellow students and learn about university life. Academic events are compulsory for all students to attend.

Details can be found on the orientation website at www.nmmu.ac.za and the [email protected] Facebook page.

NMMU embarked on a vigorous marketing campaign to ensure that prospective students applied to study at NMMU before the official closing date on 1 August and again, by the late cut-off date of 5 December 2014.

Online registration for senior students (from second year) opens on Thursday, 15 January at www.nmmu.ac.za/Registration

Registration for the 2015 academic year starts on Monday, 26 January, and lectures commence on 9 February.