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Nalize Venter, the 2016 Abe Bailey Travelling Bursary winner.
Nalize Venter, a part-time lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Fine and Applied Arts, is the University’s 2016 Abe Bailey Travelling Bursary winner. She will join a group of other Abe Bailey bursars from a number of institutions to tour London and Scotland from 22 November to 17 December. The bursars will be hosted by the Goodenough College in London, United Kingdom. 

The Abe Bailey Trust and Travel Bursary were established in terms of the Will of Sir Abe Bailey who died in 1940, and offer students and junior lecturer staff an opportunity to visit the United Kingdom and participate in educational tours according to an approved programme.

The focus of the Abe Bailey Trust is leadership development and the trustees offer travelling bursaries to applicants who are academically strong and have shown exceptional qualities of leadership and service within the community, with a good track record and can function as part of highly skilled group.

Some of the objectives of the Travel Bursary are to broaden the views of young South Africans to effect greater understanding and co-operation among those with differing language and cultural backgrounds; to foster enterprise, commitment and effective participation in a common future; and to promote South African Unity.

Venter said she was honoured to be chosen and will work hard to be an exemplary ambassador for the University. The Director of Financial Aid, Roekus de Villiers, said he has every confidence in Venter’s ability to be a good ambassador of TUT and the country as a whole. “She has shown exceptional leadership qualities and the testimonials that accompanied her application speak volumes,” said de Villiers.

De Villiers indicated that most applicants do not succeed in receiving this prestigious award as they fail to adequately prove their achievements as leaders and pillars of their communities. He thanked the Abe Bailey Committee at Financial Aid for their commitment to this process and for achieving their objectives in, once again, selecting an excellent candidate from the University.

Sarisha Daya, part-time Nature Conservation lecturer and the 2015 Abe Bailey Travel Bursary recipient, shared some of her experiences during her visit to the United Kingdom and assured Venter that she is guaranteed to have the time of her life. “Not only are you going to concentrate on the educational tour, but will also have an opportunity to see some of the exciting tourist attractions the country has to offer,” she said.

She added that the Abe Bailey Traveling Bursary will further give Venter an opportunity to meet like-minded people (with exceptional qualities) who will help her in her future career endeavours. “Through all the interactions, one also stands a chance to find interesting areas of specialisation and other scholarship opportunities that are available in the United Kingdom,” she added.

For more information on the Tshwane University of Technology please contact Willa de Ruyter on tel: 012 382 5352 or send an email to deruyterw@tut.ac.za.