Programme to empower students

Gareth Gericke and Deliverance Kgonyane Photo: Supplied
Gareth Gericke and Deliverance Kgonyane Photo: Supplied

The two Free State universities – the Central University of Technology (CUT) and the University of the Free State (UFS) – boast 23 students in the top 100 selected for the GradStar programme.

CUT has three and UFS 20, a dramatic improvement comparing to the 2017 of five in the top 100.

The 100 top-seeded candidates vie for a slot in the top ten. Every year 100 South African students are chosen through a rigorous four-phase judging process to become part of the GradStar programme.

It is designed to provide previously unrecognised students with opportunities for employment and make it possible for them to contri­bute positively to South Africa’s future growth.

The 100 students selected show the most potential as future leaders in their respective fields. Besides academic achievement, entrants are also evaluated in terms of various soft skills including motivation, discipline, altruism and attitude. The combination of all the judgement criteria promises to deliver top candidates for future employers.

Each student will be assigned to a business mentor to improve and make them ready for the workplace. The entire process not only prepares graduates for employment, but also provides them an opportunity for self-knowledge and recogni­sing their own strengths and weaknesses.

  • After completion of the intensive programme, ten of the finest out of the top 100 candidates will be announced on Wednesday (26/09). The CUT candidates are Gareth Gericke (B Tech: Electrical Engineering), Deliverance Kgonyane (B Tech: Information Techno­logy) and Portia Naledi Thothela (B Tech: Information Technology). ) The UFS candidates are Bongani Sithole, Jon-Dylon Petersen, Joseph Alappattu, Josiah Meyer, Carlo Visser, Nduduzo Kubheka, Tebello Nten (all Bachelor of ­Science), Christian Cookson, Elsa Moitsemang, Joshua Owusu-Sekyere, Kayurin Govender and Refiloe Maqelepo (all Bachelor of Commerce), Keshalia Naidoo (Bachelor of Arts), Lise-Mari Otto (Bachelor of Education),

Meredith Green (Bachelor of Laws), Onalenna Lephoro (Bachelor of Laws), Razia Adriaanse (Master of Laws), Sajel Singh (Bachelor of Commerce Law), Sivuyile Mpatheni (LLB) and Tshireletso Bogatsu (Bachelor of Accounting).

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