WSU’s Butterwoth Campus recently celebrated achieving a SA Board of People Practices accreditation for the Human Resource management programme which coincided with an award ceremony honouring top performing students.
The department received their accreditation certificates for the ND: Human Resources Management and B Tech Human Resource Management
WSU (Butterworth Campus) is the second university in Eastern Cape to receive this accreditation, putting the institution ahead of Rhodes University. It is the first of its kind for WSU.
Management Studies head of department, Ms Mdledle gave heart-warming remarks ahead of her imminent retirement on building a legacy for the department and the countries future leaders.
“WSU is a disadvantaged institution because of its geographical location and historical backdrop. However we have managed to compete with the best in the country,” she said.
“Being a student in this part of the country does not make you less of a scholar. We are giving you a starter to continue your journey with these accreditation. As a department we cannot and will not take for granted the futures of our future leaders,” Mdledle added.
“This accreditation proves that our (WSU) quality of education is not sub-standard”, said Professor Sonn, Dean Faculty of Education, in his opening and welcome remarks.
The event also saw Bongeka Solani receiving an award for being the best student in Human Resources Management. This led her to receive a bursary from SABPP to continue with her BTech Human Resources Management.
“I am honoured to be with you today, because the Eastern Cape has a special place in the history of HR teaching at universities in South Africa. You may not know this, but the very first HR academic programme in South Africa was offered by an Eastern Cape university, and that was Rhodes University way back in 1947. Today, 70 years later, Walter Sisulu University has overtaken Rhodes University by becoming the second university in the Eastern Cape to be accredited (after NMMU),” said Markus Meyer, the CEO of SABPP as he handed the accreditation certificate to the department.
The Dean for the Faculty of Management Sciences, Ms Bulelwa Nguza-Mduba, expressed her delight and excitement with the achievement.
Source: Walter Sisulu University