Three UFET students jet off to U.S. on Fullbright scholarships

2009-06-05 00:00

THREE city students will be jetting off to the United States for an exchange programme this month after being awarded Fullbright community college scholarships by the U.S. Consulate.

The Umgungundlovu Further Education and Training (Ufet) College students — Balungile Dlamini, Nondumiso Ndumo and Njabulo Mdima — had applied to join an exchange programme through the college last year. They will be going to three different community colleges for a year where they will be doing business studies and engineering.

This is the second group of FET students to go to the U.S. since the exchange programme started in KwaZulu-Natal last year.

An excited Ndumo, who will be studying electrical engineering at Central College, Minnesota, said they will go with prideto represent South Africa, and will come back with skills.

Speaking at the farewell function for the three, the director at the Office of Public Affairs at the U.S. Consulate, Megan Ellis, congratulated the students.

Ufet College rector Sipho Khuzwayo urged the students not to go there only for their personal good, but also to come back as highly skilled people who will contribute towards the economic deve­lopment of the country.

Msunduzi Municipality Mayor Zanele Hlatshwayo said she hopes they will be good ambassadors for South Africa.

Said Pietermaritzburg Chamber of Business (PCB) CEO Andrew Layman, “This is a celebration of the success of three young people as learning is an ongoing process, and they will learn about other countries and teach others about this country. A ship in the harbour is safe, but that is not what ships are brought for.”

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