To add to the First Year Experience for students the Department of Business and Information Administration (BIA) recently held a Team Building Day for its new students.
Held at the Bellville Sports Field, the event saw the students taking part in activities and playing team building games which involved trust and competitiveness.
The activities helped them to improve their communication skills, looked at ways of creating an atmosphere of trust, encouraged and enhanced their problem-solving skills whilst allowing them to socialise and connect with each other and form lasting friendships.
They were also encouraged to put their strengths and hidden talents to the test as they navigated through various exercises whilst having fun and unleashing their competitive spirit.
Senior lecturer Mandie Richards said education should not only be seen as academic as students also acquire knowledge and skills by interacting with each other through various activities. Richards not only highlighted the challenges students face as they try to adapt to university life, but also the importance of the role of educators as they assist students in the transition. “The educators need to ensure that the students become citizens of the world with not only academic achievements, but also demonstrate skills and attributes which include compassion and humanity,” said Richards.
Dean of Students, Prem Coopoo, addressed the students about their roles and potential as young leaders as well as shared the core values of the institution that integrate Ubuntu and being a caring Institution.
Coopoo emphasised students’ responsibilities as young adults and that they need to speak out against Gender Based Violence and respect all people and her address was warmly received by the students.
The Student Affairs Department collaborated with the BIA department and Peer Helpers assisted with the various team building activities.