UFH Student Affairs Dean, Lufuno Tshikhudo elected to lead UNIVEN Gauteng Alumni Chapter

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A solid track record of impeccable leadership skills has seen Mr. Lufuno Tshikhudo, UFH Student Affairs Dean being elected as Chair of the University of Venda (UNIVEN) Gauteng Alumni Chapter –a unanimous decision taken by alumni who participated in the election this past weekend.

Tshikhudo, holds two degrees from UNIVEN, a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Psychology.  He will serve as chair for the next three years.

In addition to being an alumnus, he is also a former employee at his alma mater where he served in two substantial roles as the Student Governance and Accommodation HOD and the Director of Student Affairs, before joining UFH on the 1st of July 2021.

Having the students’ interests at heart, under his leadership, UNIVEN currently enjoys the legacy of being among the first universities to ensure that every student has accommodation, either on campus or off campus.

He also made a huge impact at UNIVEN when, as Director of Student Affairs, ensured the University was among the first to provide tablets to students for online learning to continue during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“As the Dean of Student Affairs at the University of Fort Hare, I have been exposed to the broader understanding of the dynamics that impact students and alumni during their studies and post graduations. One gets to appreciate the challenges faced by students who graduate at a university and enters the job market with some struggling to make it.”

Tshikhudo says his decision to respond to the call to lead was based on the fact that the chapter leadership comprised of professionals who would add value and are committed to the course.

“Several professionals were called upon to participate in order to have a wide range of skills in the Chapter and I agreed to avail myself. As they say in Venda: Munwe muthihi u sa tusi mathuthu, (Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much).”

As the Chair, Tshikhudo’s key role entails providing direction and leadership to the Alumni Chapter, a role he plans to execute successfully and in unison with the Chapter’s Executive Committee members, he says.

“Gauteng is the Economic Hub of South Africa and as they say, it is alive with possibilities and this challenges me and the committee to make a difference.” 

Congratulations on your much-deserved election Mr. Tshikhudo!