UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science has not let the national COVID-19 lockdown stand between it and its customers.  Instead, it has moved its Open Day online!

Traditionally the University hosts its annual Open Day in May, for scholars interested in studying at the institution.  Over two Saturdays, a carnival atmosphere prevails on the Pietermaritzburg and Westville campuses respectively as academics and support staff pull out all the stops and put their best feet forward, “selling” their respective courses of study to the public.

Within the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, everything from livestock to drones to colourful chemical reactions are on display.  But with the trending hashtag being “stay at home” and social distancing the new norm, the College has had to be creative in the way it reaches out to the thousands of high school pupils eager to enter its doors.

‘We were concerned that current matriculants are not getting information about study opportunities at UKZN and that they might be panicking about the application process for 2021. We therefore decided to bring our Open Day to them, using a “virtual” platform,’ said Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, Professor Albert Modi.

Accordingly, the College will be hosting an Online Open Day on Saturday 13 June.  Using the zoom webinar function, members of the public will be able to register and tune in to various presentations running throughout the day from 09h00 – 16h00. 

Information provided will cover an overview of the College, its mainstream and Access programmes, how to apply to study at UKZN, financial aid assistance, different career prospects within the Sciences, as well the opportunity to interact with the Deans and Heads of its five Schools in interactive Q&A sessions.

Schools within the College include Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences; Chemistry and Physics; Engineering; Life Sciences; and Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science. Between them they offer a comprehensive package of degrees and a gateway to a satisfying career in the agricultural, engineering and scientific fields.

The Open Day webinar has been linked to an informative webpage where further information and resources can be accessed on UKZN’s College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science, including information brochures, educational videos, career assessment information, application procedures and fees information. 

The Online Open Day will also be recorded and posted on the College’s website after the event for future reference.

The programme for the day is as follows:

PROGRAMME

09h00:  
Overview of the College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science
Hosted by the Dean of Teaching and Learning – Professor Naven Chetty
This overview will include information about the College, its mainstream and Access programmes, the application process and relevant funding opportunities.

10h00: 
What Career?  What Degree? 
Hosted by UKZN Science Centre Coordinator, Dr Tanja Reinhardt
A discussion of career and study options in the College of AES.

11h00:
Study in the School of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Hosted by the Dean of Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences – Professor Fhatu Mudau
A more in-depth look at UKZN’s offerings within the Agricultural, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

12h00: 
Study in the School of Chemistry and Physic
Hosted by the Dean of Chemistry and Physics – Professor Ross Robinson
A more in-depth look at study options in Chemistry and Physics.

13h00:
Study in the School of Engineering
Hosted by the Dean of Engineering – Professor Glen Bright
A more in-depth look at the full array of UKZN’s Engineering offerings.

14h00:
Study in the School of Life Sciences
Hosted by the Dean of Life Sciences – Professor Ade Olaniran
A more in-depth look at study opportunities across the full range of the Life Sciences.

15h00: 
Study in the School of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science
Hosted by the Dean of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, Professor Delia North.A more in-depth look at the wide range of study options available in Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science.

16h00: END

Registration for this event is essential.  Click here to register.

Contact:  Dr Sally Frost
                 Public Relations Manager
                 College of Agriculture, Engineering and Science
                 UKZN
                  Email:  frosts@ukzn.ac.za
                 Tel:  073 160 1409