Community Engagement

MUT initiated the Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement (IRCDE) in the early 1970s. Previously know to as the Community Development Centre, its vision was to uplift and develop local communities in Umlazi and the surrounding areas. It served as a link between community and academia. Its establishment was funded by organisations such as Anglo-American.

As the unit developed it became a fully-fledged department. In 2006 the Institute for Rural Development (IRD) was established and was eventually merged with the Community Development Centre to form what is currently known as Institute for Rural Development and Community Engagement (IRDCE).

The vision of the Institute to become a vehicle that promotes MUT as a socio-economically responsive institution through community engagement. The mission is to co-ordinate and support community engagement activities as well as establish and maintain relations with internal and external partners, with an aim of enhancing research, teaching and learning contributing towards socio-economic upliftment of communities based on the identified needs.

The purpose of the institute is to coordinate and support:

  • Rural communities in producing their own food, agro-processing, quality infrastructure provision, facilitation and establishment of rural enterprises.
  • Leverage resources from different stakeholders for the identified community projects in an effort to address MUT’s mission of social redress.
  • All MUT CE activities (Community Outreach, Student Volunteerism, Community based research and Service Learning) rural communities in producing their own food, in agro-processing, quality infrastructure provision, facilitation and establishment of rural enterprises.