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Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Message

Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Message 

We are very pleased that you now have the opportunity to read and interact with us about many exciting projects and programmes we offer. The website provides an opportunity to showcase the wonderful work Student Development and Support Departments and students are doing on campus and outside, responding to the call to contribute to knowledge generation and developing the society at large, in line with the co-curricular focused programmes and interventions that have been developed as part of the 5 year strategic plan of the Division, which is linked to the Institutional Operating Plan strategic framework. Co-curricular is a concept that defines the role of student development projects, programmes and initiatives, which are integral to the holistic student development and experience, and for that reason, there is a connection of purpose with other areas of the university. 

Co-curricular is defined as a non-academic equivalent of the academic record which reflects a range of substantial co-curricular participations/initiatives of students for the academic year of study or years of study at the university.

We are committed as an institution to the building of a facilitative environment that encourages innovation and creative thinking amongst students. This website covers different SDS Departments that are collectively responsible for the implementation of the SDS strategic goals within a co-curricular framework. These are Residential Services, Centre for Student Support Services, Sports Administration and the Financial Aid Office. The Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor: SDS plays a strategic leadership role.

The active involvement of students in many developmental projects is something we always encourage and we are looking at better ways of providing meaningful support that takes it account the sustainability of initiatives. The newly launched Not for Profit Company (NPC), named Given 2 Give, is a clear commitment of the University to promoting ethos based on mutual respect, agency, collaboration and sustainable development. 

We congratulate UWC students who were chosen as part of the South Africa Washington International Programme (SAWIP) Team that went to Washington on a six week programme, who have shown good spirit of companionship and dedicated their time and effort as hardworking South Africans do. I am pleased to report that after their internship, the students embark on a community project of their choice, which is mandatory after the placement. The 2013 project was a visit to a school where they painted a school and revived an old unused library. 

These efforts are aimed at building a calibre of young responsible leaders who understand the complexity of building a strong democracy.  Knowledge and innovation are key requirements to the realisation of a vision of a prosperous, harmonious and successful country. 

In July 2013 we launched Oliver Tambo, Mangaliso Sobukwe and Steve Biko Leadership Conversation, to deepen a conversation about leadership in South Africa and the continent, and to understand about the role of many student leaders. The theme of the launch was “Visionary Leadership for the Society’s Development in the 21st Century”. These leadership conversations would form part of the engagement discourse and place the co-curricular role and contribution as an inherent strategic path of the university.​

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