The Centre for Community and International Partnerships (the CCIP) facilitates the implementation of the service-learning programmes (as discussed under Faculty Community Engagement Reports below) and Work-Integrated Learning programmes at WSU.
WSU took a decision to institutionalise the community engagement at WSU with the main aim being to ensure that no WSU student graduates without participating in a community engagement activity.
For more information, go to the Centre for Community and International Partnership pages.
One of the key community engagement projects that the CLTD is involved in is an engagement with the FET Colleges.
WSU has a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with six FET colleges that are located closer to the WSU campuses.
The main thrust of the MoU is:
- FET staff & curriculum development
- Quality Management
Flowing from this MoU, a number of FET Colleges’ lecturers have attended the Vocational Education Orientation Programme (VEOP) that was facilitated by the Faculty of Education.
A number of students from the FET colleges have enrolled at WSU.
For more information, go to the Centre for Learning and Teaching Development pages
The Centre for Rural Development (the CRD) successfully organised six WSU’s Annual Rural Development Conference, which had to be put on hold due to the University’s financial challenges.
These conferences, which were adopted by the Eastern Cape Department of Economic Development, Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEDEAT), formed a critical platform for debate around the issues of rural development.
The engagements led to a number key stakeholders partnering with WSU on a number of issues.
Some of the partners were CSIR (for research purposes), EC DEAT (for funding), EC Department of Rural Development, and municipalities such OR Tambo District Municipality, King Sabatha Dalindyebo Municipality and Chris Hani District Municipality, for example.
For more information, go to the Centre for Rural Development pages