Parents Day 2009


 More than 3 000 parents attended Parents' Day on the Howard College, Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses on January 24.

The Graduate School of Business' Music Recital Hall on the Westville campus was filled to capacity. To accommodate the 1 800 parents who traveled from all over South Africa, screens were set up at the COMSA Lounge and Recital Hall foyer.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Law and Management Studies, Professor John Mubangizi, assured parents that the quality of education offered at UKZN was of an international standard. ''UKZN has committed itself to building an institution that meets global academic standards,'' he said.

Welcoming parents to the Pietermaritzburg campus Parents' Day, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science Professor Pete Zacharias assured parents that their children's time at UKZN would be fruitful: ''I want to assure you that we will do everything as a University to look after your children,'' he said.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Humanities Professor Fikile Mazibuko welcomed 1 000 parents to the Howard College campus. ''Students are a community in transit. We commit ourselves to making that transition a valuable experience that adds value to their lives. I believe that during their stay your daughters and sons will add value to scholastic, research and outreach endeavours and to the history of the University,'' she said.

Parents were told that a 24-hour security service at residences, security cameras and on-going security patrols were some of the measures taken to protect students. However, irresponsible behaviour among students could threaten their safety.



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