Stellenbosch University shines at national CI conference

Stellenbosch University (SU) cemented their leadership in the area of community interaction (CI) when Prof Julian Smith, Vice-Rector: Community Interaction and Personnel was invited for the second consecutive year as the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the National Community Engagement Managers Forum held in Bloemfontein recently.

At the conference, held on the campus of the University of the Free State, Mr Jerome Slamat, Senior Director: Community Interaction, was re-elected as a member of the national committee.

Prof Smith’s address, titled Institutionalisation of Community Engagement: Pursuing the Institutional Vision while satisfying Quality Expectations, referred to the experiences of SU. In the address he made a case for an enabling vision that can be implemented strategically. He also developed a quality control check list to determine the level of participation and institutionalising.

The delegates were very impressed with SU’s efforts to use technology to develop reliable management information with regards to community interaction. Ms Joanne Williams, information management officer at the section for Community Interaction, in conjunction with the IT-department at SU, facilitated a unique mapping system.

The delegates were also very keen to enrol for the short course on Service Learning and Community Interaction that was developed by Ms Antoinette Smith-Tolken, Deputy Director: Community Interaction.