In all the actions and dealings with both internal and external customers, the institute commits itself to the following mission statement:

Coordinate and support rural development and community engagement activities as well as establish and maintain relations with internal and external partners, with an aim of enhancing research, teaching and learning thus contributing towards socio-economic upliftment of communities based on the identified needs.



  • Supporting the MUT community with the development of their Community Engagement project proposals;
  • Linking the MUT community with relevant community groups and structures;
  • Organizing training sessions that address identified community needs;
  • Coordinating various rural development projects and
  • In partnership with external stakeholders, coordinating the celebrations of special days such as International Mandela Day, Arbour Day, National Science Week, International Literacy Day and World Food Day.

Professor Busisiwe Nkonki-Mandleni
Director: Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement
Business: 031 819 9413

Email: mandleni@mut.ac.za


The vision of IRDCE is to be:
"To be a catalyst for rural development and community engagement through teaching and learning, research and innovation"