The vision of the Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement (IRDCE) is to be a vehicle that promotes MUT as a socio-economically responsive institution through rural development and Community Engagement.
In all the actions and dealings with both internal and external customers, the institute commits itself to the following mission statement:
Coordinate and support rural development and community engagement activities as well as establish and maintain relations with internal and external partners, with an aim of enhancing research, teaching and learning contributing towards socio-economic upliftment of communities based on the identified needs.
THE MANDATE OF THE INSTITUTE
It is to coordinate and support all MUT Community Engagement and Rural Development projects and programmes.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT FLAGSHIPS
Community Engagement at MUT operates under three Faculty Community Engagement Flagships:
1. FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES: “EDUCATION AND SUPPORT IN SCIENCES”
The flagship is housed in the Faculty of Natural Sciences. It encourages MUT community to focus on:
2. FACULTY OF ENGINEERING “green technology development”
The flagship is housed in the Faculty of Engineering. It encourages MUT community to focus on:
3. Faculty OF MANAGEMENT SCIENCES: “PROJECT MANAGEMENT”
The flagship is housed in the Faculty of Management Sciences. It encourages MUT community to focus on:
IRDCE has opted to adopt the MUT values - IIFASE
CURRENT REGISTERED COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS:
Purpose: To assist agriculture co-operatives of the South Coast region of KZN to produce and market own food in order to generate income to support their families.
Service: Skills and knowledge about farming and market access
Department(s) involved:Marketing; IRDCE; Accounting
Purpose: To educate Umlazi district Maths Educators and grade 12 learners at high school based in Umlazi on the use of technology in teaching and learning. This initiative is expected to increase educator's self-efficacy in teaching Maths. It is also expected to make learners motivated and proficient in the subject especially those that have access to computer since the software is not bound.
Service: Improvement in the teaching and knowledge of Mathematics
Department(s) involved: Mathematics
Purpose: To assist Empangisweni Trust commercial farm with automated solar irrigation system that derives power from solar energy through photo-voltaic cells as a way of saving energy and maximising profits generated from farming.
Service: Skills and knowledge about saving energy.
Department(s) involved: Centre for Development of Green Technology, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Electrical Engineering
Purpose: To educate MUT students and the public on waste management, and in providing support to Durban Solid Waste, and formulation for a long standing mutually beneficial partnership.
Service: Facilitation of waste management education programmes at Umlazi Primary schools, MUT campuses and Umlazi surroundings.
Department(s) involved: Nature Conservation; and Environmental Health
Purpose:To equip grade 12 educators of Agriculture subjects in the Umlazi district with advanced knowledge in Agriculture. The intended outcomes are an improvement in the pass rate of grade 12 learners. This initiative is expected to benefit MUT because of the possibility of getting better prepared students for Agriculture qualification.
Service: Improvement in the knowledge of Agricultural Science subjects
Department(s) involved: Agriculture
For more information contact:
Professor Busisiwe Nkonki-Mandleni
Director: Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement
Business: +27 (0)31 907 7671/Fax +27 (0) 31 907 7672