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Bright Future for MCom Cum Laude Graduates

April 18, 2017

MCom cum laude graduates Ms Margaret Dzvuka and Mr Rajesh Chandarman.

For Master of Commerce cum laude graduates Ms Margaret Dzvuka and Mr Rajesh Chandarman studying for their degrees has not only been a learning curve but has afforded them the opportunity to contribute knowledge in their fields.

Chandarman says a passion for information systems and technology led to him exploring the issue of cybersecurity awareness through his study titled: “Cyber Security Awareness of Students at a Private Higher Education Institute in South Africa”, under the supervision of Dr Brett Van Niekerk.

The study analyses how knowledgeable tertiary students are aware of cybersecurity which is an issue of global concern.

‘Best practices and benchmarks have been created to enable safety in online computing. However, these fail when there is a lack of awareness in the form of education and training around these issues,’ said Chandarman.

‘This highlights a need for the creation and implementation of a cybersecurity awareness programme aimed at improving the skills, behaviour and knowledge in the areas of cybersecurity and cybercrime.’

As the Vice-Principal of Student Services at Varsity College, Chandarman said sensitising the youth and South African citizens to the dangers of the cyberworld was crucial.

‘Although the topic focused on students, it has a wide appeal to a varied audience and will remain important for an extended period of time. This experience shifted my teaching to a higher level and empowered my students. I have also been invited to present papers on the subject. Obtaining this qualification allows me to participate in academia and also provide valuable input into IT projects in the private sector,’ said Chandarman.

Sharing the experiences of Zimbabwean teachers who have moved from Zimbabwe to take up teaching posts in KwaZulu-Natal is what motivated Dzvuka to explore this field through her research.

Her study, titled: “The Migration Experience and Cross-Cultural Adjustment of Migrant Zimbabwean Teachers in eThekwini Municipality, KwaZulu-Natal”, gives insights into the challenges these educators face in cross-cultural adjustment. The study was supervised by Dr Ashika Maharaj.

The study’s findings reveal that migrant teachers often fail to adjust to a new environment therefore their work performance is affected and learners are disadvantaged.

‘This qualification has given me confidence in carrying out research and the study contributes in a modest way to how migrant teachers can be managed to help them perform at their best. It has also shed light on how current policies and the working environment are viewed by migrant Zimbabwean teachers and may assist in crafting policies that enhance adjustment and performance of migrant teachers,’ said Dzvuka.

‘The qualification has enhanced my knowledge and contributed to the growth of my career as I am now working as a lecturer at a TVET college.’

Sakhile Fatyi

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