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
The establishment of the Enterprise Development Centre was to ensure engagement through entrepreneurship and to provide support to the development of SMME sector.
One of the key projects that the Centre was involved in was an EU-funded Research and Training project on micro-financing.
If the current discussions (and possible project) between EDC and Service Seta take off the ground, this will be a major community engagement project that WSU will be involved.
For more information, go to the Enterprise Development Centre page.
Centre for Rail Studies (CRS) (hyperlink to centre page)
This Centre was established in June 2009 (within the School of Engineering) to assist the Eastern Cape Government in the revival of rail as a mode of transport.
However, the funding for the Centre ceased in December 2012 (due to provincial government’s financial constraints).
The main activities of the Centre focused on research, training and development.
The establishment of the CRS formed part of the skills strategy that aims to develop scarce skills in areas that can stimulate growth and development in the province.
The provincial Department of Transport embarked on a “back-to-rail” strategy and prioritised the renewal of some of its railway lines within the province.
The Institute for Advanced Tooling (hyperlink to centre page)
The Institute for Advanced Tooling – Eastern Cape (the IAT-EC) is situated within the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The IAT-EC operation costs are funded entirely by Tshumisano, a Department of Science and Technology funding agency responsible for supporting technology stations.
The IAT–EC has expertise in computer-aided engineering, and focuses on assisting local tool rooms and tooling-related industries in plastic injections mould design.
Services are provided to industry, SMMEs, other organisations and the community through commercial projects, teaching and community engagement.
The IAT-EC provides a valuable link between the university, industry and other relevant organisations. The Centre is involved in a number of mechanical engineering projects.
The Centre for HIV and AIDS was established in 2009 to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive institutional HIV/Aids strategy for WSU.
CHA still continues with its campaigns on encouraging staff and students to do HIV/AIDS Tests
For more information, go to the Centre for HIV and AIDS pages.