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Community Development Unit

POSITION OF THE UNIT

The Community Development Unit (CDU) is a formal structure of the Engagement Office. The Unit shares its home with three other units.

  • Co-operative Education Unit
  • Graduation Placement Unit
  • Continuing Education Unit

The Community Development Unit is a 100% self-funded Unit.

ENGAGEMENT

The activities of the CDU straddle two or more of the NMMU's Engagement Categories i.e. Community Service and Outreach and Engagement through Professional/Disciplined-based Service Provision.

FUNDING

Corporates turn to the NMMU Trust, who in turn pass on certain CSI Projects to the CDU for implementation.  Funds are also generated through the offering of Short Learning Programmes.

STAFFING

The CDU opts for a small core staffing structure.  The Unit employs 3 full-time development practitioners.  The Unit enjoys the support of volunteers and interns to assist on projects as well as project contract staff.

AREAS OF OPERATION

The CDU has a strong rural bias with 80% of work taking place off campus.   

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