CELT DEPARTMENT IMPLEMENTING FYSE IN THE JOURNALISM DEPARTMENT
By: Mhleli Mkhize
The Durban University of Technology’s Journalism Programme hosted the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) Department for a seminar.
Taking its cue from the strategic directions of the university, CELT has chosen to adopt a holistic approach to academic development at the university.
Doreen Mhetha Ambassador of FYSE and Kuda Shoniwa Tutor mentor ship adviser .
“The program is intended to assist first year students with their tertiary pursuits and the obstacles inherent,” said Mhetha.
The partnership between CELT and the Journalism Programme aims to assist students on how to overcome the often overwhelming and totally different experience the year comes with.
“Journalism and other courses will provide you with the academics, but we don’t want you to come out of the university with just a certificate in Journalism,” said Mhetha.
“There are other issues which need to be addressed which due to the Journalism curriculum may not be covered,” she added.
The partneship will focus on issues such as adaptation to the campus life and what to look out for when you are in an academic department.
Although this project is intended for first year students, coordinators also aim to later include second and third year students.
The inception of the project required much research.
“Some of the research that has been done details that approximately 35% of students fail first year in institutions, this is because of the pressure they find themselves under in adapting to this new life,” Said Mhetha.
“We understand that students come from different homes with different lifestyles and have got different stories to tell, and so we are waiting to listen and move forward with them,” said Shoniwa.