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Monday, 29 July 2013

CPUT hosts collaboration summit

Multistakeholder engagement: Participants shared their views and offered advice on collaborative issues.   Multistakeholder engagement: Participants shared their views and offered advice on collaborative issues.

NPO’s, government representatives, civic organisations and members of the CPUT community met recently to share and discuss their ideas on collaboration at the annual Service-Learning Partnership Summit.

Breaking new ground, the summit introduced a methology that encouraged free thinking and discussion between the participants under the theme Collaboration across Boundaries for Sustainable Development.

Held at the Granger Bay campus the summit allowed members of all sectors to engage with critical issues on collaboration within their partnerships.

Delivering the welcoming address, CPUT’s Director of Research, Dr Tembeka Mpako-Ntusi, highlighted various aspects of the summit and the importance of collaboration.

She added that there were four major objectives with the summit, namely to create a platform for discussion, generate possibility and potential across areas of research, engage with those with different expertise and gain knowledge and understanding about each other’s needs and expectations.

Speaking of the importance of the day’s events, Service-Learning Unit Manager, Jacqui Scheepers, says that the World Café methodology – as introduced and led by facilitator Doug Reeler from the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA) – has proven to be very successful.

“The new methodology has allowed for a level playing field, where everyone can discuss as equals. The opportunity allowed for all role-players to discuss their expectations and their challenges. The summit has contributed towards a further understanding of partnerships between diverse stakeholders and has encouraged the development of partnerships including the identification of collaborative research initiatives,” concluded Jacqui.

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