The purpose of the visit was for the two student bodies to discuss challenges faced by students, such as the available support structures, safety on campus, and funding models, amongst others.
Student funding is one of the most common challenges faced by the youth across the continent therefore, this was discussed at length.
“As student leaders it is up to you to be at the forefront of shaping funding models, because at the end of the day, it is about your education and that of future generations,” remarked Dr Donovan Zealand, Director of Student Services at NUST.
Sabelo Ngwenya, SRC President at CUT, highlighted that it was a great privilege for the two universities to come together and engage in various discussions.
“If we really want to move towards positive outcomes, we need to work closely,” Ngwenya said.
“This visit opened doors of opportunity for our two universities to collaborate in future, in various projects that are beneficial to current and prospective students,” said Juno Angula, NUST SRC President.
The two technological universities, which have approximately the same student populations of about 11 000 each, have various ongoing collaborations such as staff and student exchanges, and joint research initiatives. Consequently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed recently, to formalise the partnership and facilitate further collaboration in a wide range of areas such as electrical engineering and sustainable energy.