The vision of the IRDCE is to be;
In all the actions and dealings with both internal and external customers, the institute commits itself to the following mission statements:
PURPOSE OF THE DEPARTMENT
IRDCE is the division of the MUT solely responsible for the coordination of all rural and community engagement activities ( Community Outreach, Volunteerism, Service Learning, Internship and the integration of teaching and learning, research and community engagement through the scholarship of engagement.
Coordinating and facilitating training in- Enteprenuership activities( cooperatives, agriculture, smmes); establishing partnerships with all relevant stakeholders in promoting science ,engineering and technological innovation particularly with high school learners; partnerships with High School Science Teachers in science and mathematics( MUT Department of Mathematical Sciences) as well as in Accounting( MUT Department of Accounting) in the Umlazi environment; commemoration of Mandela Day;, Anti-hunger activities; poverty alleviation; training in Information and Communication and Technology ( Department of ICT); celebrating Arbor (tree Day ( with Dean of students and Department of Marketing and Communications); Reading project ( Language Center); working with SIFE ( Students in Free Enterprise);partnership with the Expanded Public Works Program (EPWP) in Ethekwini Municipality.