WALTER Sisulu University and the Department of Social Development have signed a twinning memorandum of understanding that commits to the implementation of the South African Population Policy.

The policy, which was legislated in 1998, presses on the integration of population information into policies, plans and programmes as an integral part of development.

The collaboration will also undertake on research projects, capacity building and training programmes for identified government officials and civil society engaged in social development.

“DSD is committed to WSU and this project. The students from WSU working with us have represented the university very well and always rise to the occasion to take leadership,” said Population Policy Promotion director, Dolores Tatchell.

The relationship between the two institutions follows the placement of impressive WSU students doing population based research within Social Development departments across the county.

“There was good reason that we brought the project to WSU because we could sense the university’s commitment to this project. And sometimes it’s the small initiatives that bear fruit.” She added.

WSU Vice-Chancellor & Principal, Professor Rob Midgely added that what he liked about the project was how it neatly fits with the stated vision of university.

“We are a community engaged university. We want to create university towns wherever we’re situated through partnerships with municipalities,” he said.

“We want to add quality to our graduates through partnerships outside the classroom. It is through these partnerships that we are able to do that,” Midgely added.

The MOU will be in full force and effect for a fixed period of three years.

By: Sinawo Hermans

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