College of Graduate Studies

Community Engagement

At Unisa, community engagement is actively promoted through our Community Engagement and Outreach Policy which is firmly set within its vision of being the African university in the service of humanity.

The College of Graduate Studies has actively engaged with the community through many community engagement projects. These are:

  1. Unisa Science Exhibitor (USE)

    The USE project aims to establish and operate a digital planetarium and multimedia exhibition program. The project will utilise digital planetarium modules to conduct science shows with astronomy as a focus while also encouraging the use of the digital planetarium and its projection system by other disciplines.

  2. Kgautshwane integrated community development programme

    The main aim of the Integrated Community Development programme is to generate contribution to community development through the promotion of social reinvestment of skills, home-based care and economic self sufficiency.

  3. English language in postgraduate research

    As a collaboration between the British Council and Unisa, this project aims to improve the English skills of Unisa graduates through a self-directed software called LearnEnglish Pathways. Working with the British Council, Unisa academics from Addis Ababa test, monitor, support and teach English Language skills to Ethiopian postgraduate students.

  4. Mothong indigenous medicinal and fruit nursery project

    This project is associated with a site that has been set aside on the outskirts of Mamelodi township since 2001 by the local communities for the purpose of developing the environmental, food production, medicinal and other aspects of the Indigenous Knowledge System of the local people.

  5. Understanding African families and the implications for Social Policy in South Africa

    A one year study on African families in the context of demographic change focusing on the post apartheid period. The study seeks to understand the meaning of family from an African perspective using case studies of families in Eastern Cape, Limpopo and KwaZulu Natal Provinces.

  6. Training of subject facilitators for Mathematics and Science for Nkungumathe Youth Development Project, KZN

    This project is a research based community engagement project designed to assist young untrained facilitators in mathematics and science to overcome the challenges they face in coaching learners in Grades 10-12 in Nkungumathe community, Nkandla, KZN.

  7. Institute for Science and Technology Education winter school project

    This project is a research-based community engagement project designed to assist high school educators at the FET and GET bands in mathematics, science and technology to overcome the challenges they face in delivering lessons in difficult topics in the classrooms.

  8. Photovoice project

    This project is located within the child-centred component of a larger safety, peace and health promotion programme, the Ukuphepha Initiative: Demonstrating African Safety. It is a multi-country project that seeks to explore and elicit young people’s representations of safety and peace in their communities, both in terms of risks and assets.

  9. Community and public safety measurement

    This five-year collaborative project with the City of Johannesburg focuses on the development of a Community and Public Safety Measure for the City of Johannesburg, along with a range of community level actions. The tool, the first of its kind in South Africa, will allow for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of saftey-related projects in the city.


    This project is located within the male-centred component of a larger safety, peace and health promotion programme, the Ukuphepha Initiative: Demonstrating African Saftey. The main research question in the SCRATCHMAPS study is: How can the mobilisation and leveraging of community assets, with a particular focus on spiritual capacity and religious assets, promote saftey and peace, particularly through the promotion of generative masculinities, in a local low-income community in South Africa?

  11. Ukuphepha: Child safety peace and health - community intervention: training of community interventionists

    The aim of this project is to utilise child-centred community interventions to promote community cohesion and thereby reduce child injury and maltreatment among children living in low-income contexts.

  12. Land reform, land grabbing and the state of agricultural development in Africa in the 21st century

    A two-day international conference reflecting on 100 years of the 1913 Land Act in South Africa to be held in Ethiopia in conjunction with the 50 years celebration of the founding of the OAU/AU.

  13. Ukuphepha: Authorship workshops

    Each five-day authorship workshop seeks to: 1) capacitate participants in the writing up of community engaged research; 2) create a space for the review of manuscripts on community engaged research; 3) facilitate the submission of manuscripts to peer reviewed journals; 4) provide participants with a greater understanding of good authorship practices; and 5) provide participants with an opportunity to dialogue about authorship issues and reflect on their own experiences of authorship.

  14. (Re)Constructing and maintaining social identities: Knowledge processes, ideology and authority structures

    The project will take the form of published articles (10 articles) and policy briefs.

  15. Ukuphepha: Demonstrating African continental community engagement through coalitions

    This project has three key objectives, one of which seeks to facilitate and convene an African-centred injury prevention and safety promotion group of scholars to generate critical African-centred knowledge and knowledge systems that will influence the philosophy, theory and methodology of injury prevention and safety and peace pro,oton work on the continent.

Last modified: Sun Oct 09 08:56:12 SAST 2016