Rhodes University welcomes secondary school learners

High School learners at last year's Open Day
High School learners at last year's Open Day

Over 400 learners will attend the Open Day on Friday, 10 May 2019 to explore and consider the exciting academic offerings structured to develop their leadership potential.

This year’s participating schools are Diocesan School for Girls, Victoria Girls’ High School, Graeme College, Gadra Matric School, Tsholomnqa High School, Ethembeni Enrichment Centre, St John’s College, Vuli-Valley SS, Lilyfontein School, Khulani Commercial High, Cowan High School, Port Alfred High School, Hudson Park High School, Hoerskool PJ Olivier, and Umtata High School.

The event will start off at the Barrat Lecture Theatre Complex, where learners will be introduced to the various faculties at the University – humanities, law, commerce, science, pharmacy, and education. The Dean of Commerce, Professor David Sewry said, “As an international competitive university, we need all the young people that we possibly can to enter the world of business.”

As a small university, Rhodes University has an advantage to offer small, intimate classes within a nurturing and supportive tutorial system. The proceedings will include a Commerce prize-giving at Eden Grove. “The formative degrees we offer have two majors, which leads to a rounded education and opens students up to a diversity of career choices,” Prof Sewry explained. “We also boast an influential alumni network that contributes creatively in both the professional and social space.”

A third-year BCom Accounting student, Kuhle Tshemese said, “Rhodes is a good place to come and study Accounting because the classes are small and therefore lecturers are able to give the students one on one sessions.” The Head of Accounting Department, Professor Jackie Arendse said: “If you are sitting in a lecture room with 1000 people, as a lecturer all you see is a blur of faces. However at Rhodes University, we get to know our students and our students get to know us and that is perfect for as much more personal learning experience.”