June 2020 EDITION

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LETTER FROM THE VICE-CHANCELLOR

We are halfway through 2020 and I don't think any of us were ever quite prepared for what this year would bring.



UMP PREPARES FOR SAFE OPENING UNDER LEVEL 3 OF THE LOCKDOWN

The University of Mpumalanga will reopen on 29 June 2020 in terms of the National Regulations under Level 3 of the lockdown. The institution has outlined a comprehensive plan to guide it in its preparations for the safe opening of the university.



UMP ALUMNI SHARES LESSONS FROM UNITED STATES

Former Plant Production student, Carol Mhlongo, has returned from the United States where she was doing a one-year internship programme in Applied Horticultural Operations. The 22-year-old says she is ready and eager to share all the knowledge with her future employer.



SCHOOL OF HOSPITALITY NOT HIT HARD BY COVID-19

As the School of Hospitality Management prepares to welcome back some third year students under Level 3 of the national lockdown, UMP Lecturer in the School of Hospitality and Tourism, Dr Oswald Mhlanga, says his faculty has fortunately not suffered too much.



"ONLINE TEACHING IS THE NEW NORMAL" – UMP LECTURER

Due to COVID-19 all institutions of Higher Learning, moved their traditional teaching platforms online. UMP lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Business Management, Dr Mazanai Musara, shares his experience of the new normal.



ENSURING FINAL YEAR STUDENTS ARE JOB READY

The University of Mpumalanga's Student and Graduate Placement department hosted a work-readiness webinar to empower students who will be entering the job market next year.



BUSINESS AS USUAL: HOW UMP STAFF IS WORKING REMOTELY

COVID-19 has turned the world upside down but business continues for many institutions. The University of Mpumalanga has created systems for staff to be able to work remotely but juggling home life, kids and work still rests on individuals. UMP staff members tell us how they are managing thus far.