Let us Build a Country with a “more human face” – says VC to New Graduates

12 April 2023

“We charge you, our distinguished graduands, together with your fellow TUT alumni, to go and build that country which Steve Biko described in the 1970s as a country with “a more human face”. Together with the late Bob Marley in his “redemption song”, we say to you all: “emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds”. Above all, we urge you to go out there and liberate the rest of the country from mental, economic, and digital slavery”, says Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, the Vice-Chancellor and Principal, in a personal message to newly minted graduates as the autumn graduation season commenced on 11 April to 23 May 2023.

The University is proud and delighted to announce that during the 2023 autumn graduation season, TUT will add a total of eleven thousand six hundred and forty-two (11 642) future-ready graduates to the national, continental, and international workforce. 

Of these, six thousand six hundred and forty-two (6 642) will receive undergraduate degrees, diplomas and certificates, while a total of four thousand seven hundred and forty-seven (4 747) will graduate with Honours, Postgraduate Diplomas and Bachelor of Technology degrees. As part of our contribution to original research and development, the Tshwane University of Technology will also graduate two hundred and twelve (212) master’s degree candidates and a total of forty-one (41) doctoral degree candidates, during the 2023 autumn graduation season. 

Additionally, two Honorary Doctorates will be awarded to two exceptional South Africans, Professor T Marwala and Mr MM Marhanele. Professor Tshilidzi Marwala, author and global leader in Artificial Intelligence research, is the Rector of the United Nations University. Marwala will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Engineering, Honoris Causa. Mr Max Marhanele is an outstanding educator, former high school principal and an extraordinary indigenous languages writer. Marhanele will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Language Practice, Honoris Causa

Prof Tinyiko Maluleke, Vice-Chancellor and Principal.

In his message to the graduands, Prof Maluleke, added: “It is with a sense of absolute confidence and pride that we release today, the brand-new list of our excellent and future-ready graduates. Nelson Mandela had the likes of our graduands in mind when he said: 

“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mine worker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

Prof Maluleke further highlighted that from first year to final year, TUT students are immersed in trans-disciplinary and fourth-industrial-revolution-laden curricula, punctuated by industry-led work integrated learning, every step of the way. But at TUT, excellent technology education is paired with lessons in ethical leadership and uBuntu values. The Vice Chancellor put it this way: 

“We ensure that by the time TUT students complete their qualifications, they have internalised the signature values of TUT, namely: integrity, diversity, equity, compassion, accountability, and excellence.”

To conclude, Prof Maluleke implored the graduands saying: 

“If we can't fly towards greatness then we must run towards it, if we can't run then we must walk towards greatness, if we can't walk then we will crawl, if we can’t crawl we shall roll forward, but whatever we do, we at TUT will never stop, we will keep moving from being a good university into becoming a great University of Technology.

Please click here to access Prof Tinyiko Maluleke’s full speech.


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