Visit of the USRN steering committee to the University of Pretoria
During the April recess, the University of Pretoria hosted a staff development programme for 18 members of the University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) steering committee.
The University Social Responsibility Network (USRN) was inaugurated in Hong Kong on 9 October 2015. It promotes collaboration, coalition and networking among members and with other networks and alliances. The University of Pretoria is one of the members of the steering committee and the only African member.
The 18 members represented Sichuan University, the University of Haifa, the University of Manchester, the University of New South Wales, Washington University in St Louis, Kyoto University, the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Tufts University and the University of São Paulo. The CEO of the Yidan Foundation, Mr Clive Lee, also attended the programme.
The visit included presentations by Mrs Gernia van Niekerk (Community Engagement Department), Prof Antoinette Lombard (Department of Social Work), Prof Jannie Hugo (Department of Family Medicine), Mr Frans Haupt (Law Clinic), Dr Attie van Niekerk (Centre for Sustainable Communities), Mr Tebogo Mphelo (Enactus student society), Mr Manchala Sithole (Keep That Gold Shining student society and EBIT House), Ms Susan Thuketana and Mrs Charlotte Lewington (Department of Early Childhood Development), Dr Liezl-Marie Kruger and Prof Melanie Wiese (Department Marketing Management), and Dr Martina Jordaan (community-based project module of EBIT).
Feedback from the delegates was very positive, and they were impressed with what the University of Pretoria is doing in terms of community engagement and social responsibility.
– Author Department of University Relations