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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Promoting community engagement in higher education

ENGAGEMENT: Dr Andrew Kaniki (NRF), Session Chair, Prof Darren Lortan, Busiswe Ntuli (Department of Science and Technology) and Stellenbosch University’s Prof Mark Swilling at the symposium on Bellville Campus ENGAGEMENT: Dr Andrew Kaniki (NRF), Session Chair, Prof Darren Lortan, Busiswe Ntuli (Department of Science and Technology) and Stellenbosch University’s Prof Mark Swilling at the symposium on Bellville Campus

The profile of Community Engagement in Higher Education as a scholarly activity was lifted at a recent symposium which was held at the Bellville Campus.

The SAHECEF comprises of 23 representatives from all South African universities.

The presenters reported on a variety of topics including analysis of multi-stakeholder partnerships and student experiences in diverse fields of study through participatory research processes.

NRF’s Dr Andrew Kaniki said the foundation’s funding of community engagement activities is a competitive instrument which provides space for research that contributes to knowledge production and processes.

Kaniki discussed various grants offered by the foundation to community engagement projects.

img-Promoting-community-engagement-in-higher-education-2MULTIDISCIPLINARY: Delegates to the Talloires Leaders’ Conference listen to Fareed Ismail, Mechanical Engineering lecturer, explain the various aspects of the aquaponics project

The symposium was part of a series of daily events hosted by the Centre for Community Engagement and WIL.

The centre also hosted the Talloires Leaders’ Conference and delegates visited the Service-Learning Multidisciplinary projects.  

They gained in-depth knowledge from the leaders of the following projects;

Aquaponics project and the River Cleaning Model, Sustainable Housing project, Informal Trader Project,  Flamingo Crescent and Brink projects, Training of fish sellers and fish processing project and Environmental awareness campaign: Upcycling project.

Written by Candes Keating

Tel: +27 21 959 6311
Email: keatingc@cput.ac.za

Provides coverage for the Engineering and Applied Sciences Faculties; the Bellville and Wellington Campuses, and research and innovation news.