Dear Colleagues, Students, Alumni and Friends of the University,
The development of our country rests upon a knowledgeable and qualified workforce. The three pillars of Higher Education consist of skills development, research and innovation. With any one of these missing, the economic productivity of the nation suffers, so does the GDP.
We are living through a period of great development in the field of Higher Education in the country. In this context, opening up the access to Higher Education must be seen as providing the opportunity to all to learn. Needless to say, democratic access must, in its essence, mean access to high quality Higher Education.
At our University, increasing the yearly student intake is but one avenue to explore; so is the widening of our range of programmes of studies according to national priority fields.
A new structure and way of delivery will also be put in place alongside the conventional Full-Time programmes. Where this is practical, a number of Part-time modules will run in common with some of the Full-time ones, and at such times as are equally convenient to working and/or mature students.
It is believed that the interaction of our conventional target student population with this new target group will encourage university-business links, and inculcate an entrepreneurial spirit on the one hand, and the rigour of academe on the other hand.
The application of tuition-fees to these Part-time/Flexi-students remains an inevitable reality, and will contribute towards relieving to a small extent the University’s financial dependence on Government funding. However, such fees remain at a very moderate level, in line with the spirit of the UoM as a public charitable educational institution. Furthermore, the Needy Students Fund will be significantly increased for the benefit of those students who require financial assistance. The good news is that more and more private companies are, as part of their corporate social responsibility, now coming forward with scholarships to ease the needy students. The UoM wishes to thank them most heartily.
Friends, exciting times lie ahead of us. We must rise to the occasion and grasp the opportunity to make the change for the betterment of our nation.
I hope that you will find this issue of the UoM Newsletter challenging to the mind!
Cheers, until the next issue!
Prof I Fagoonee, Vice-Chancellor