NRF-SAHECEF Pre-Conference Symposium
November 30 and December 1
The National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa released its NRF Vision 2015 strategic plan in 2008. The Research and Innovation Support and Advancement (RISA) business division of the NRF has identified a number of strategic investment areas. One of these areas is community engagement.
Since 2011, the NRF administers a Community Engagement Call that is open for all South African universities. The Community Engagement Programme is a competitive programme, which provides the space for research that contributes both to knowledge production within the ambit of community engagement; as well as research on the processes and dynamics of engagement from the perspective of the higher education sector. The programme is aimed at supporting and providing the enabling conditions for higher education institutions to come to grips with some of the philosophical and conceptual challenges associated with the dynamics of community engagement and social responsiveness, as a field of research enquiry.
The South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF) is organizing a Symposium for recipients of these grants and their postgraduate students to showcase South Africa’s recent scholarly contribution to field of Community-University Engagement. By participating in this event, an opportunity will be afforded to all interested stakeholders to assess the impact and efficacy of the targeted funding of Community Engagement as a developing knowledge field.
The symposium will take place on Sunday, 30 November and the morning of Monday, 1 December 2014 at the Bellville Campus of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). Free transport from the conference venue to the pre-conference symposium will be available for conference delegates.
Community Engagement Project Site Visits
December 4, 2 pm – 5 pm (approximate)
List of Projects
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) for the TNLC 2014 has put together an interesting selection of community engagement projects run by the four Western Cape universities in collaboration with local communities and other partners: Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Stellenbosch University, the University of Cape Town and the University of the Western Cape. These site visits have been scheduled for Thursday 4 December 2014 from 14:00 onwards. The cost per delegate for the site visits will be confirmed when the afternoon programme has been finalised. It is recommended that delegates who wish to participate in site visits should not schedule out-bound flights for the Thursday evening as the travel times to sites and the duration of visits are difficult to predict in advance.