Engagement entities are intended to develop and strengthen existing engagement and scholarly activities through the development of mutually beneficial partnerships with external communities that are consistent with the University’s strategic direction and priorities.
The engagement activities of entities should enrich the educational environment of staff and students, the curriculum and the scholarly activities of the University.
The establishment of engagement entities are therefore intended to enable, develop and support the engagement activities of the NMMU.
An Engagement Entity is normally an entity where 80% of its activities/projects are engagement related. These activities mainly fall within the following four categories of the NMMU Engagement Conceptual Framework.
The establishment of an entity will be informed by the following:
The University recognises three categories of engagement entities. Entity categories are hierarchical in nature in terms of scope, complexity and leadership ranging from Institutes (upper end) to Units (lower end). A Unit may evolve into Centre status and a Centre may evolve into Institute status.
Prof Hennie van As and Ms Marlene Holland
Tel: 041 504 4757
Web page: http://cla.nmmu.ac.za/ and www.facebook.com/nmmucla
Physical address: Faculty of Law, Bird Street Campus, Cuyler Street, Central and Missionvale Campus
CLA engages with all sectors of civil society and government that serve the needs of the community and contributes to development through engagement and applying research results in creating capacity, developing skills, rendering institutional support and establishing best practices and benchmarks.
CLA has built a good reputation with a number of clients as is evidenced by the number of contracts being awarded by previous clients and satisfaction surveys. It has succeeded in establishing itself as a leading service provider for the establishment of Municipal Codes (writing and promulgation of full sets of by-laws), the implementation of Codes and the training of Municipal staff in the enforcement thereof.
Objectives and functions
The primary aim of CLA is to improve the levels of service delivery by the different spheres of government through the effective implementation of existing legislation and to increase access to justice for the less fortunate sections of society through:
Short courses presented my CLA: http://cla.nmmu.ac.za/Short-Courses
CLA consists of the following units:
Refugee Rights Centre
Web page: http://cla.nmmu.ac.za/Refugee-Rights-Centre
The Refugee Rights Centre (RRC) was formally established in June 2010, when an agreement was signed with the UNHCR for the provision of funding.
The principal activities of the RRC includes:
Centre for Sustainable Development
The primary aim of the centre is to increase sustainability through the delivery of capacity building programmes that are aimed at ensuring that clients' staff can perform, or improve the performance of the functions they are appointed to perform. The centre develops courses in terms of needs identified either by the client, or as a result of consultancy work that is undertaken.
Centre for Government Support
The primary aim of the centre is to support the different spheres of government through the rendering of consultancy services that are aimed at assisting them to achieve their constitutional and other legislative obligations.
Centre for Access to Justice and the Law Clinic
Web pages: http://cla.nmmu.ac.za/CLA-Profile/Access-to-Justice and http://cla.nmmu.ac.za/Law-Clinic
The primary aim of this centre is to improve access to justice through research and the services rendered by the Law Clinic and the Refugee Rights Centre.
2013 CLA Graduating Class
Refugee Rights training
Mr Karl du Preez
Winner of the 2012 NMMU Engagement Excellence Award:
Tel: 041 - 5043644
Web page: http://amtc.nmmu.ac.za/
Physical address: NMMU, Summerstrand North Campus, Room: E22
The Advanced Mechatronic Technology Centre (AMTC) will be a leader among South African universities in putting knowledge and talent to work through diverse collaborations to benefit the people and communities of the region, country, nation and world.
To be nationally recognized for excellence as a community-engaged center where faculty and staff, students, alumni, and partners from communities of diverse types, interests and locations, from local to global, collaborate strategically to:
Values and Principles
In engaging with our communities, whether defined by interests, type or place, AMTC will seek to:
Respect the diversity of the community and hence be inclusive in its relationships and collaborations.
Visit these links to view some of AMTC's projects (solar project, recorded at Verneukpan):
Mr Bruce Damons
Tel: 041 504 4041
Web page: http://ccs.nmmu.ac.za/
Physical address: Missionvale Campus, Building 519, 1st Floor
Forming part of the Faculty of Education and located at the Missionvale Campus, the Centre for the Community School (CCS) is an entity that works to promote, strengthen and support community schools to improve academic and social development of children and young people in the Eastern Cape. The overarching aim of CCS is to serve as a national resource centre advocating the Community School as credible, replicable and sustainable model for educational improvement in South Africa. CCS aims to contribute to educational improvement in SA by:
Objectives and Functions:
One of the key objectives of CCS is to serve as a national resource centre that elevates the concept of the Community School as a credible, replicable and sustainable model for educational improvement in South Africa. The activities of the Centre will revolve around the following focus areas:
Manyano Conference 2010
Mr Ivor Baatjes
Tel: 041 504 3924
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Web page: http://cipset.nmmu.ac.za/
Physical address: Missionvale campus
The Centre for Integrated Post-School Education and Training (CIPSET) aims to collaborate with relevant stakeholders to develop and implement research-informed strategies to enhance the strategic, policy and educational impact of the post-school education and training (PSET) sector regionally and nationally. CIPSET provides strategic direction and coordination for NMMU’s multi-disciplinary capacity development interventions within the PSET landscape to ensure that such institutions become educational providers of first choice. CIPSET is housed in the Office for Institutional Planning within the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
A CIPSET community-based event
Mr Gratitude Kudyachete
Tel: 041 504 3175
Web page: http://sict.nmmu.ac.za/Southern-Africa-Cisco-Academy-Support-Centre-(CASC
Physical address: MTLC building, North campus
The Cisco Network Academy Program is an educational program taught in more than 10,000 educational institutions worldwide. The same content is taught in all academies makes this a truly international program. The aim of the program is to teach students both theoretical and practical skills to prepare them for a career in Computer Networking. The Cisco Networking Academy Program partners with schools, colleges, universities, NGOs and Governments to afford students the opportunity to become networking professionals and to help a country to increase its advanced ICT skills base.
To be a pillar for the provision of internet technology skills in Southern Africa
Provide quality and relevant leadership, support, management and training to the Cisco Networking Academy community in order to achieve social and economic transformation for Southern Africa.
The SACASC embodies support and training functions and its overall objectives are:
Training in the NMMU Cisco Academy laboratory
Prof Greg Howcroft or Ms Nomthandazo Busakwe
photo above: Mr Kempie van Rooyen: Winner of the 2014 NMMU Engagement Excellence Award:
Tel: 041 504 4542 / 2780
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Web page: http://clinic.nmmu.ac.za
Physical address: South (Building 7, Lower Ground) and Missionvale campuses
UCLIN is an outpatient unit concerned with the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults who are experiencing educational, emotional and/or behavioural difficulties. UCLIN staff includes individuals specialized in clinical, counselling, educational, and research psychology. UCLIN is also a training and research unit where postgraduate students receive professional training. The psychological procedures done at UCLIN are carried out under the supervision of the Department of Psychology's staff members. UCLIN is a facility dedicated to the education and professional training of postgraduate psychology students in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the NMMU with the end results of registration in specific categories of Clinical, Counselling, Educational or Research psychology. UCLIN strives towards academic excellence by ensuring that students are introduced to and encouraged to develop a comprehensive understanding and practical experience of broad spectrum of psychological, psycho neurological and psycho-educational problems, as well as assessment procedures and therapeutic interventions that would meet the needs of the South African population
UCLIN is associated with a number of satellite clinics. Some of these include: Missionvale Campus Psychology Centre, Hunterscraig Psychiatric Hospital, Elizabeth Donkin Psychiatric Hospital, Livingstone Hospital and Student Counselling, Career Development Centre at the NMMU
What are the Psychological services available?
Steps to follow when you need our services:
Community Psychology Centre (Missionvale Campus)
The Community Psychology Centre on the Missionvale Campus is a satellite of the University Psychology Clinic. It is also a professional training unit for postgraduate psychology learners in the Faculty of Health Sciences with the end result of registration in the specific category of Counselling Psychology. It was established to provide broad based community psychological services in the form of psychological assessment procedures and therapeutic interventions. Thus through its teaching and training, community service and research, the Centre aims towards the evolving of newer and more contextually relevant models of psychological assessment, counselling and psychotherapy. The three main functions of the Centre are therefore:
Launch of the UCLIN Community Psychology Centre at Missionvale, 2014
Prof Werner Olivier
Winner of the 2014 NMMU Engagement Excellence Award:
Tel: 041 504 2305 or 041 504 2548 (Ms Margot Collett)
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or Nadia.firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page: http://mbeki-maths-dev.nmmu.ac.za/
Physical address: The Unit is housed in Block A, CSIR Building, 4 Gomery Ave, Summerstrand
To promote mathematical (primary focus) and science (secondary focus) expertise and awareness amongst school educators and learners; and to develop mathematical content knowledge and skills amongst educators and learners mainly, but not exclusively, at the FET level.
For more information about GMMDU activities, download the document GMMDU newsletter July to Dec 2014 from the list of downloadable documents the right of this page.
The GMMDU team
"Our South African youth must study maths and science in order for us to be a winning nation." The late Dr Govan Mbeki voiced this fervent appeal during his 90th birthday speech against the backdrop of a growing crisis in Mathematics and Science Education in our country. He also recalled how he struggled with mathematical aspects of his studies in economics whilst on Robben Island. To honour his wish a group of academics in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics at the then UPE (now NMMU) decided, in 2001, to respond to the Mathematical needs of communities in the Eastern Cape by consolidating existing Mathematics projects into an expanded Mathematics development programme. Dr Mbeki gave his full support to such a programme and agreed to have his name associated with it. In December 2001 the group of academics managed to secure a sponsorship from SASOL. This led to the formation of the Govan Mbeki SASOL Mathematics Development Programme (GMSMDP). Since its inception the GMSMDP has grown into a vibrant entity at the NMMU that focuses on Mathematics development amongst educators and learners in the Eastern Cape province.
A number of new projects, including a Mathematics Incubator School project for Grade 11&12 learners and a Mathematics Skills Upgrade Programme (MATHSUP) for FET educators, were added after 2004 to the list of GMSMDP projects. In October of 2008 the GMSMDP was re-constituted as a formal NMMU entity and is now known as the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit (GMMDU). Since the beginning of 2011, the GMMDU is housed in the School of Computing Science, Mathematics, Statistics and Physics alongside the newly established FRF Chair in Mathematics Education at NMMU. The MATHSUP project for in-service Maths educators has become an exciting initiative that holds great promise to have a positive impact on the quality of teaching in the NCS Mathematics classrooms in the province and elsewhere. Up to the present, about 400 in-service FET Maths educators have benefited from the two NMMU-accredited short learning programmes that form part of the 1-year MATHSUP programme. The successful Maths and Science incubator school programme for learners attracts many learners on an annual basis into Science Engineering and Technology (SET) as well as Science and Maths teacher training study programmes at NMMU.
Prof Dalenca Pottas
Tel: 041 504 3938
Web page: http://sict.nmmu.ac.za/Geographical-Information-Systems-(GIS)
Physical address: School of ICT, Room 234 (Second Floor), R-Block, North Campus, Summerstrand
Objectives and Functions
The Spatial Technologies Unit at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University offers a short learning programme (SLP) in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) to:
Each of the modules is offered through e-learning (Moodle), allowing part-time studies whilst normal day-to-day functions can continue. Modules are offered in an applied and practical manner.
Prof Rosa du Randt (Director of School and Head of Unit) and Ms Lisa Grenfell (Unit Manager)
Tel: 041 504 2497 or 041 504 2603
E-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Web page: http://hms.nmmu.ac.za/Biokinetics-Sport-Science-Unit/Information-Services
Physical address: Department of Human Movement Science, Building 125, Protea Road, NMMU South campus
The Unit is housed in the Department of Human Movement Science within the Faculty of Health Sciences
The Biokinetics and Sport Science Unit (BSSU) is a facility that is committed to the education and professional training of postgraduate Biokinetics and Sport Science students in the Faculty of Health Sciences with the ultimate goal of registration with the HPCSA as professional biokineticist. It provides community service at the highest professional level and the best possible academic support. In addition, it actively stimulates and promotes research in the various disciplines of Human Movement Science to optimize the potential of our communities. The multidisciplinary function and achievement of the unit greatly increases the exposure of the profession to the public at large which is highly advantageous to the university, department and profession.
In the Board Notice 34 of 1987 of the South African Medical and Dental Council, now the South African Health Professions Council, Biokinetics was registered as a profession for Medical Scientists. The result of this registration was that Biokineticists trained since 1984 can now register as paramedical professionals practising independently as Biokineticists. The UPE Department of Human Movement Science was the fifth institution to qualify for the training of Biokineticists and the first four students qualified in 1991. Since its inception, the Unit has dealt with people with exercise risks and also provides services to top sports people to enhance their performance. The Unit's focus has been widened to specifically provide sport science support to top performers. The Gold accreditation awarded by the Sport Information and Science Agency, prompted the Department to reflect this service in the name, which subsequently was changed to the Biokinetics and Sport Science Centre and then lately to the NMMU Biokinetics & Sport Science Unit.
The NMMU Biokinetics and Sport Science Unit forms an integral part of the academic training and serves undergraduate as well as postgraduate learners. It also provides a fully accredited Biokinetics practice where qualified learners can complete their internship.
NMMU Soccer Charity Cup: (From left to right) Michael Andrews, Seamus McHugh, Linda Van Oudheusden and Russell Viljoen (Headmaster of the Missionvale Care Centre Academy). (Front) children from the Missionvale Care Centre Academy
Staff of HMS: Deirdre Bowers, Pippa Nell, Lyn Slogrove, Sue Anne Kock, Cheryl Walters, Karen Van Rensberg, Lisa Grenfell, Shona Ellis, Sam Kahts, Jessica Lightfoot, Rosa du Randt, Maryna Baard, Vernon Oosthuizen
Dr Danie Venter
Tel: 041 5042392
Web page: http://rm.nmmu.ac.za/Free-Statistical-Support-Service
Physical address: Building 07-235, South Campus, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, University Way, Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth
To enhance the research capacity of NMMU staff and senior post-graduate students and to ensure the integrity of research produced at NMMU by providing a comprehensive statistical consultation service to the designated staff and student group. The Unit is housed in the Faculty of Science.
The USC provides a free, comprehensive statistical service for quantitative research conducted by NMMU master's and doctoral students and staff who are doing non-contract research that will culminate in at least one article published in an accredited journal. The Unit provides support for all stages of the research process.
The Unit for Statistical Consultation (USC) was founded to provide a free statistical service in accordance with its constitution to all NMMU campuses. The following persons qualify for free services:
Only NMMU staff members can apply for USC services, either for their own research or on behalf of a student whom they are supervising. In the event of a staff member being an NMMU student the applicable supervisor must apply for the services. Completed application forms (obtainable from http://rm.nmmu.ac.za/Free-Statistical-Support-Service) must be submitted via e-mail to Research Management who will assign a reference number to each submitted application and verify whether the applicant qualifies for free services: email@example.com
Tel: +27 (0) 41 504 1111
Fax: +27 (0) 41 504 2574 / 2731
PO Box 77000, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, 6031, South Africa
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