Student Affairs Department hosts virtual orientation for incoming freshmen

The Spring (January) 2021 virtual Undergraduate orientation was held at the beginning of the semester to take the incoming class of freshmen through the basics of what was required of them to excel at USIU-Africa.

Speaking during the opening session, Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Munyae Mulinge noted that the orientation sessions were an opportunity for students to connect with their future classmates, prepare for academic and non-academic life, and learn to navigate campus prior to starting their classes.

“At USIU-Africa, we value community, and this virtual orientation session is an opportunity for you to build a connection to your peers, as well as to faculty and staff. These sessions are also important because they will help you navigate the process of being an incoming student, “he said.

In his welcome address to the new students, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Paul Zeleza welcomed the students to USIU-Africa, noting that they had made the best choice for a truly unique learning experience in the region.

“We are excited to welcome you to the USIU-Africa community. USIU-Africa is a place that you can dare to do more, push your boundaries and create your future. We are deeply invested in your success, and we look forward to working with you to make sure that you have the vest university experience,” he said.

“As our students, you must remember that you are not alone. Although every individual has a different experience, we are all being affected by this pandemic one way or the other and talking about it in a supportive environment, such as the orientation will help you build connections and strengthen your readiness to learn,” he added.

The Chandaria School of Business also held an orientation session for the inaugural class of Online MBA students, which took place on Friday, January 15. In her presentation to the class, Acting Dean of the Chandaria School of Business, Dr. Teresia Linge noted that the course was designed to equip students to be ‘future ready’.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the fourth industrial revolution, which is heavily technology driven. As such, it was high time that we thought about how we could equip our students to be ready for the next global disruption,” she said.

“47 percent of people who study online do so due to existing limitations such as work and life commitments; 21 percent enroll for online studies because their employees encourage them to do so because it is efficient and effective for both parties. The Online MBA will be able to fill this gap,” she added.

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