2023 Orientation Week

I welcome you with great pride and humility to Sol Plaatje University.

Your presence this year is an accomplishment, as you successfully navigated the ever-changing terrain from high school into the university displaying commitment to excellence, humility, and grit. In extending a warm-hearted congratulations in making it thus far, I want to reassure you that you made the right choice in choosing SPU in furthering your tertiary education.

The Division of Student Affairs (DSA) is well-placed in providing you with extensive co-curricular and psychosocial support program that seeks to contribute richly to a dynamic and vibrant student-life experience underpinned by academic excellence. At SPU, we pride ourselves in being a university that reflects a true South African identity, in welcoming students from different backgrounds in acknowledging that our strength as a people always lies within our diversity..

With the foundational values entrenched in the constitution being equality, dignity and freedom, the university, the university endeavors to provide a nurturing environment with the fundamental philosophy of leading with care at the helm of our student-centric approach. Centered on our ethos of care for fellow human beings, other life forms, the natural environment and self, the very essence of UBUNTU is entrenched the DSA’s holistic student support offering.

The Division of Student Affairs will take care of you by providing YOU with an array of extensive student support and developmental programmes which have been deliberately designed to ensure you unlock and reach your full potential. In fostering the ethos of community-building, it is integral to know that community is important at SPU and the DSA espouses what that is by creating opportunities in centering community engagement as a scholarly activity. Through a collaborative integrated approach, we purposefully work with internal and external stakeholders in creating and ensuring a seamless integration.

Effective academic-life balance is achieved through socially cohesive relationships created with our strong student communities, comprehensive sports offerings, clubs and societies and the Student Representative Council (SRC), in serving the interest of the entire SPU student commitments without partiality, bias or prejudice. Our co-curricular offering is expanded into a variety of key support areas, including career services, peer mentoring, comprehensive health, and wellness services, arts and culture, living and learning communities and student life and development initiatives in contributing to key graduate attributes.

Choosing to study at #MySPU is the best choice for a young driven-individual and the Division of Student Affairs echoes the Spirit of Sol Plaatje University and the beautiful City of Kimberley, here you will find a home away from home and experience the care, protection and support you deserve

Ms Nicole Morris – Dean of Student Affairs
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