University of Mpumalanga celebrates 10 years since its establishment

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The University of Mpumalanga celebrates its 10th year anniversary since its establishment in 2013. The university started with an enrolment of 200 students.

More than 8000 students have enrolled at the university this academic year. And, the institution has established 32 partnerships with international Universities in Europe, North America and Asia, as well as some in Africa.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor and Principal, Professor Thoko Mayekiso, says many strides have been made to put the university to where it is today. She says despite challenges that come with leading such a huge institution, she is happy that the university is forging ahead in being a leading institution of higher learning in the province.

“Let me express my appreciation to council for placing confidence in me to lead the new university. As vice chancellor I value this confidence placed in me, and I will do my utmost and reciprocate and by delivering on the mandate and exceed expectations. And this is a humbling experience. And my commitment to the pioneering role in a society that still suffers from patriarchy and toxic masculinities, leadership does pose serious challenges for female leaders.”

Mpumalanga Education MEC — Bonakele Majuba — on behalf of the Premier, Refilwe Tsipane-Mtsweni, was in attendance at the event. Majuba says he hopes that the provincial government will reap rewards from all the graduates produced at the university….

“I hope that in the next decade the Mpumalanga provincial government will be taking advices and guidance from graduates of this university.”

Students say although they are happy with the achievements of the university — there are still some challenges.

“The challenges we are facing as students are issues of funding and at some stage you find a student being victimized by a fellow student , so our other challenge is GBV.”

“It means a lot because I am from KaNyamazane and I saw the university grow from college of agriculture to an institution. I am truly proud to be part of this institution that is growing in front of my eyes.”

Reporting by Oupa Masilela