Starting university can be difficult for new students and this prompted VUT to start a First-Year Experience/Orientation programme in 2013 where learners undergo preparation to enter tertiary life.
Issues covered in the programme include the expectations regarding their studies, finances, applications and the level of interaction from lecturers that they can anticipate. The orientation gears them for a world where they will no longer be spoon fed but will have to construct their own knowledge and experiences.
“VUT Orientation is aimed at initiating the integration of new students into the intellectual, cultural, and social climate of the institution and strives to create a community of practice that defines and enriches the fields of orientation, transition, and retention (OTR). Students will benefit from this as it does not end in January; students will have mentors throughout the year who are able to assist them and escalate any challenges to the VUT CAD (Centre for Academic Development) team. This ensures that students are referred to the right people for assistance in various capacities,” said Hazel Mtshontshi from the CAD Department.
The VUT Orientation programme will kick start on 23 January and all new students are urged to check on the website for dates, venues and times for all Faculties. A fun-packed and informative programme awaits the new MaVutis and their parents!