Top Mathematics and Physics Grade 12 pupils from Durban high schools and surrounding areas attended a career week at UKZN where they heard about the many career options the University offers within Engineering and related disciplines.
The three-day event at the flagship UNITE Building on the Howard College campus was hosted by the School of Engineering and attended by 240 learners from 14 different high schools.
The aim was to recruit more learners into the field of Engineering as well as enlighten them on career opportunities available.
UKZN staff members who took part included Professor Graham Smith who spoke on Agricultural Engineering; Electrical, Electronic & Computer Engineering lecturer Tahmid Quazi; and Civil Engineering student Reantha Maistry.
Ms Denise O’Rielly of the College’s admissions office informed learners about what they needed to achieve to be accepted as a student at UKZN.
The last day of the week was dedicated to girls’ high schools as more female engineers are desperately needed. The girls enjoyed the magic show performed by Dr Tanja Reinhardt and appreciated the gifts given to them as prizes.
Ms Kelly Berry, a school guidance counsellor, was delighted to join in one of the experiments, which involved setting her hand on fire (safely!).
‘We thank everyone who took part in helping us host another successful Career Week,’ said event organiser, Ms Prashina Budree.