Technology students graduate

2011-05-06 00:00

GRADUATIONS started off on a good note at the Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT) yesterday despite the fact that the university has been closed since April 11 due to student protests.

The faculty of Engineering kicked off the processions in what was the first of four graduation ceremonies to be staged at the Seme Hall at MUT this week.

A total of 1 633 students will receive their national diplomas. The faculty of Engineering has the most graduates at 632, while Natural Sciences has the least at 342.

Political stalwart and freedom fighter Chief Albert Luthuli, philanthropist Robert Gumede and science professor Gordon Sibiya were among the individuals who received honorary fellowships from the university during these processions.

Addressing the graduates, Sibiya who was honoured as a prominent international figure in science, engineering and technology by the university yesterday, said young South Africans needed to put aside personal interests and follow the national imperative of achieving so that they can contribute to the advancement of the society.

Sibiya was the first black South African to receive a PhD degree in Nuclear Engineering, which he received from the University of Stuttgart in Germany.

He has also received numerous awards for his contributions contributions in mathematics, engineering and science in South African schools.

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