TATA Invests in UKZN Postgraduate Students Health Sciences

The 2016 TATA Scholarship recipients with UKZN and TATA representatives. The 2016 TATA Scholarship recipients with UKZN and TATA representatives.

Twenty-four UKZN postgraduate students were awarded prestigious TATA scholarships at a ceremony held on the Westville campus.

The scholarships are awarded to top performing, disadvantaged postgraduate students from different fields to assist them with funding their academic studies.

In his official welcome address, UKZN Vice-Chancellor and Principal, Dr Albert van Jaarsveld, congratulated the students, and reminded them how the University valued them as ‘it makes it easier for us to grow our nation.

‘We can’t wait to see you collecting your degrees and changing the world for the better.’

Van Jaarsveld thanked TATA for the continued support the organisation provided to UKZN students ‘as investing in the youth is the best thing a nation and the University can do’.

Executive Director and Head of TATA’s Distribution Vertical, Mr Len Brand, said 66% of the equity share capital of TATA Sons is held by philanthropic trusts, which support education, health, livelihood generation and art and culture. 

He said their belief was that when one did business with a community, they needed to give back.

Masters in Housing student, Mr Thabiso Tenza, said he had feared he would have to put his studies on hold but now the scholarship would help him complete his degree.

Town and Regional Planning recipient, Mr Ntlahla Tshezi - the first child in his family to attend university - said pursuing a postgraduate qualification was one of the toughest decisions he had to make and it had been questioned by many. He thanked UKZN and TATA for making the dream of an African child possible.

Below is a list of all recipients:

1

Mr Vusumuzi Mahlaba

2

Mr Owen Thabiso Tenza

3

Mr Sphiwe Zulu

4

Mr Mbonisi Luanda Gumede

5

Mr Ntlahla Tshezi

6

Mr Thembinkosi Ngcobo

7

Miss Thabisile Beauty Mchunu

8

Miss Bonisiwe Masinga

9

Miss Nontokozo Precious Ndlovu

10

Miss Thobeka Zondi

11

Mr Sicelentethelelo Theobold  Dlamini

12

Miss Nwabisa Ngquku

13

Mr Thobani Goodman Velenkosini Mkhwanazi

14

Mr Ayanda Doncabe

15

Miss Adhila Casmond Khan

16

Miss Noqiniso Nonsindiso Mathenjwa

17

Miss Sinenhlanhla Ophelia Ntshangase

18

Miss Sithembile Molefe

19

Miss Nonkululeko Mvundla

20

Mr Sipho Enos Mchunu

21

Mr Phumlani Selby Nzuza

22

Mr Ndabezinhle Emmanuel Hlongwane

23

Miss Lindokuhle Surprise Maphalala

24

Mr S`phamandla Erick Khwela

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