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DUT EXPLORES THE CARNEGIE CLASSIFICATION FRAMEWORK DURING THE ENGAGEMENT SEMINAR: INSTITUTION TRANSFORMATION THROUGH A SELF-STUDY

DUT EXPLORES THE CARNEGIE CLASSIFICATION FRAMEWORK DURING THE ENGAGEMENT SEMINAR: INSTITUTION TRANSFORMATION THROUGH A SELF-STUDY

The Department of Consumer Sciences Food and Nutrition in collaboration with the Engagement Office under the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Research, Innovation and Engagement (DVC: RIE) at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) recently hosted the Engagement Seminar at the DUT Rendezvous Restaurant in Steve Biko Campus.

The seminar was facilitated by Professor Darren Lorton, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and the Chair of the South African Higher Education Community Engagement Forum (SAHECEF). In his opening, he welcomed the attendees and expressed his gratitude to the staff and students who had attended.

He gave context to why the Engagement Seminar was held which was to create a platform where staff and students can share their engagement projects, establish areas for collaboration, and explore the Carnegie Classification Framework that can assist DUT with a strategy to assess the institutions’ extraordinary commitment to, investment in and accomplishment at addressing pressing issues of the communities it serves.

The seminar started with presentations session where staff and students presented on engagement initiatives they are undertaking to support communities, which were introduced by Dr Heleen Grobbelaar, the Head of Department: Consumer Sciences Food and Nutrition at DUT. The projects that were shared were those funded under the Engagement Showcase and Pitching Awards Programme and reflected interdisciplinary, reciprocity, and impactful, aligning with the DUT’s ENVISION2030.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Marisol Morales, Executive Director of the Carnegie Elective Classifications at the American Council on Education, presented the ‘Carnegie Community Engagement Classification: Institution Transformation through a Self-Study Process’ where she explained the process and purpose of community engagement.

“The purpose of community engagement is the partnership of higher education institutions and the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated engaged, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contributes to the public good,” she said.

“The collaboration between institutions of higher education and their larger communities for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity, is the process of engagement,” added Morales.

She then introduced an Institutional Reflection and Self-Study Process for the DUT staff and students to critically engage with how DUT can measure its engagements’ impact on the society it serves and in achieving its ENVISION2030 goal.

The DUT Engagement Practitioner, Phumzile Xulu, shared the importance of collaboration between the students and staff in the inner and outer community of DUT.

“The seminar aligns with the DUT’s ENVISION2030 because it showcases the engagements initiatives by our staff and students and the social impact that these initiatives contribute to changing the lives and the livelihoods of our people. As we continue to develop the engagement agenda, it is important to we develop the engaged scholarship through sustainable engagements,” said Xulu.

The closing remarks and vote of thanks were delivered by Prof Lorton, who thanked all the guests for coming to the engagement seminar.

Pictured: Attendees at the engagement seminar.

Patience Makhaye

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