Change the world


The HoC offers the opportunity of experimenting with how best to converge the space of existence and life of the university, and society. It provides options for transdisciplinary collaboration which will enable the university to give effect its vision, mission, and strategic priorities, and re-create itself in service of society.

Underlying the idea of the HoC is a commitment to re-imagining community engagement outside of elitist notions of university intervention. In the interest of promoting sustainable livelihoods, the HoC endeavours to engage with multiple stakeholders, to collectively establish a society-community-university nexus (SOCUN) as an illustration of social solidarity.  This form of solidarity and reciprocity will require the University to encompass not only its academic or intellectual role, but the social, economic, developmental, cultural and political role that it plays in the community. This means that the University should work in partnership with all sectors that play a role in the community and its development.

Though, this does not come without challenges as various prevailing contestations exist around collaboration between the university and community stakeholders. It is therefore important that because of the ‘newness’ of the HoC idea, a methodological approach is embraced which will allow for an organic emergence of the conceptual framing of the Nelson Mandela University HoC.