Community-based learning is a form of experiential learning which meets genuine human needs, as well as an educational and learning tool.
In 2005, the Faculty of Engineering, Built Environment and Information Technology (EBIT) introduced a compulsory module, Community-Based Project UCP, for all undergraduates. During the eight-credit module students attend compulsory orientation sessions and then submit their projects in the form of a proposal for evaluation and approval. Thereafter, students conduct fieldwork for at least 40 hours. On completion of fieldwork, students present their experiences and lessons learnt on clickUP, a wiki on e-learning management system.
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Students are coming from university with fresh ideas, innovative ideas and this helps the centre to grow and make a difference in society.
Being socially responsible matters.
The University of Pretoria (UP) is one of the top research institutions in Africa.
The Faculty of Engineering, the Built Environment & Information Technology (EBIT) offers a compulsory community-based learning offers students the opportunity to put their work into practice, teaches students valuable life skills and empowers local communities.
EBIT combines top facilities, state-of-the-art technology, and stimulating training to produce highly sought-after experts in the fields of civil, electrical, industrial or mechanical engineering, mechatronics, information technology, quality and operations management, quantity surveying, and construction management.
The UP Social Responsibility Programme is a vital link between students and their community. It a great opportunity for the students to learn and make a difference in society.
“There is a more to engineering than just solving complex questions on a piece of paper and getting them right. Engineering is broad and can change someone’s life and make a difference in society,” said Paul Ssali, Mechanical Engineer and former programme mentor. Read more