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Unisa online - Independent students are successful students


Abdul Barday, Chris Burrows, Estelle Pitt, Prof Hellicy Ngambi (Executive Dean of CEMS) Michelle Frauendorf (Deputy Director: Student Administration and Financial Aid, Western Cape Region), Vanessa Joseph, Ilze Crous (CEMS communication and marketing specialist) and Sophia August

The most successful students are less dependent on lecturers, Prof Hellicy Ngambi, Executive Dean of CEMS told undergraduate students during a recent visit to the Cape office in Parow. Prof Ngambi’s visit coincided with Unisa’s June graduation ceremonies in the Western Cape, during which, 862 CEMS’ students graduated. These students represented 59% of Unisa graduandi during the June Western Cape graduation ceremonies.

Responding to requests from students for more lectures and support, she said it seems as though the university might be creating a dependency amongst students. Unisa students outside of South Africa are achieving results faster and better with fewer resources than South African students.

It is important that students break away from a school mentality and develop the study skills they need to pass at an ODL university. “It is a decision you make. The pub, the soccer field and the golf course will still be there when you graduate. You need to postpone the parties and focus on your studies to complete this as soon as you can without being too dependent on others”, she said.


Prof Hellicy Ngambi, Executive Dean of CEMS with Mrs Michelle Frauendorf, Deputy Director: Student Administration and Financial Aid, Western Cape Region

Regarding the new programme qualification mix that the college introduced in 2012, Prof Ngambi assured students that they will receive sufficient time to complete their studies before old qualifications are phased out and that different study paths will also become available to them.

During the session with postgraduate students, there was much appreciation for the college’s initiatives to support master’s and doctoral students. Although they agree that they should not be spoon fed at this level, they need contact with the university, they told the Executive Dean.

Prof Ngambi also used the opportunity to discuss the opportunities and challenges that the regional support staff might experience regarding CEMS’ students and ways in which the college can assist them. “You are part of the CEMS RARE family and our eyes and legs in the region. We want to know how we can assist in making things better”, she told them.

Almost 12 000 students are currently enrolled for CEMS’ qualifications at the George and Parow offices.



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